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Sheffield Eagles Michael Knowles
Sheffield Eagles Michael Knowles
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Michael Knowles is looking forward to a more settled training environment next season as Sheffield Eagles start to look ahead to the 2016 season.

The club, a full-time operation from next month, are to make radical changes both on and off the field as they put their plans in motion to once again bring Super League back to the city of Sheffield.

Sheffield Eagles 'Michael Knowles

Sheffield Eagles 'Michael Knowles

The second-rower looks set to part of the new setup after agreeing a new deal at the start of the last campaign, and is looking forward to the benefits a full squad of full-time players will bring.

“A few of us made the transition to full-time this year, so there has been around 10 or 12 of us already working in that environment,” he told The Star.

“We’d train in the morning, then we would then have to come in again in the evening with the part-time lads, but next year we will have a full squad on the same footing, so that will make it easier for the lads having to train just once a day.”

Knowles is expecting a tough pre-season boot camp as the club look to integrate several new faces into the squad, as the club embark on what is set to be a busy close season.

“Pre-season is going to be tough with a lot of faces coming in so it is important that we gel quickly. We know it will be harder, there will be more intensity to our training but everyone is really looking forward to it.”

Championship club Leigh have signed Salford captain Harrison Hansen on a two-year contract. The 29-year-old former Wigan back rower secured a release from the last year of his contract with the Red Devils to join team-mates Cory Paterson and Reni Maitua at the Leigh Sports Village in 2016.