Sheffield Eagles youngster Jack Blagbrough has penned a new unspecified deal with the club.
The 21-year-old prop forward who started his career with Huddersfield Giants has been on the fringes of the first-team over recent seasons and enjoyed a successful loan spell with Championship One York City Knights in the 2015 campaign.
Blagbrough made three appearances for Eagles last season, including the Challenge Cup defeat to Super League Hull FC, before ending the campaign with the Knights where he made 12 appearances.
Director Mark Aston is pleased with the progress of one of his up and coming young chargers, whom he believes benefitted from his loan experience last season.
“He has showed progress every year he has been with us and that’s important for young Jack,” Aston said. “Blaggers is only a 21-year-old prop or front rower, when do they find their feet and when do they get the experience? We made a decision last year to get him out to York for experience. We could have kept him here but he went there and did well, playing 12 games which gave him vital first-team action. We believe in him, he has the mentality that he wants to succeed and we are delighted that we have kept hold of him.”
Blagbrough shot to prominence during the 2014 campaign where he featured 11 times for Eagles, but due to the heavy competition he found himself down the pecking order. Aston hasn’t ruled out another temporary stint for the youngster to further aid development. “It will happen if we feel that it will benefit Jack’s personal development,” added Aston. “If we think that he needs to be out there then he has to go to the right club, and he needs to be playing. We will be talking about that with him, if he is not playing here then I don’t want to hold him back, we want him to get that experience like he did in Championship One last season.”