Sheffield Eagles prop forward Eddie Battye has signed a new one-year contract with the club.
The 23-year-old progressed through the ranks at amateur club Hillsborough Hawks, before graduating from the Eagles academy and spending a season on-loan at French side Villeneuve.
He enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2013 after returning from France, and thinks the time away helped him to progress both on and off the field. He said: “I enjoyed my rugby and everything that came with it there. The people were great and I got to play first-team rugby against ex-NRL players which brought me on. It allowed me to hit the ground running last year and I had a really good season.”
Battye was part of the Eagles side which won last year’s Grand Final against Batley Bulldogs, the Eagles’ playoff opponents this weekend, but was forced off with ligament damage which kept him sidelined for seven months.
The setback has made him even more determined.
He added: “The injury took the shine off it a little bit last season; although I still won a Grand Final which was brilliant and I really enjoyed the experience.
“It has made me pretty stoked to get back there this year and it would be awesome to make it, especially considering where we’ve come from having struggled at the start of the year, but we’ve hit form at the right time.”