Senior settles into new Eagles role

Keith Senioris happy to be back with Eagles
Keith Senioris happy to be back with Eagles
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Keith Senior is back where his rugby league journey began and he knows it’s the right destination.

The former Great Britain star has settled in as part of his old team-mate Mark Aston’s coaching team at Sheffield Eagles.

“I have a good affiliation with the Eagles and know Mark very well, I started my career with Sheffield and played here for a long time,” he said.

“Now I’ve finished playing it’s taking a step on the coaching ladder. I know I can add to the club and learn as well – that’s the main point for coming back to Sheffield.”

The former international centre brings an impressive CV. Senior was part of the Eagles 1998 Challenge Cup winning team and played 140 games for them before a big money move to Leeds in 1999.

He played over 300 games for the Rhinos and made more than 40 appearances for Great Britain and England.

“You could say I have a bit of experience, I’ve played at the highest level for 18 years and won every domestic honour that’s achievable,” he said.

Senior has joined a coaching team of David Larder and Andrew Henderson which has taken charge of much of the pre-season training. The Eagles will be going for a third successive Championship title when they kick-off the new season at Owlerton Stadium on Sunday February 16.

For Senior it’s been an adjustment from the Super League to the world of part-time players.

He said: “These guys train two or three times a week and have full-time jobs. But there is a lot of potential here and if you can improve them as individuals then you have done your job.

“Winning the Championship three times is a tough ask with the resources Mark has but he’s got a really good squad and the lads want to play for Sheffield. There’s a commitment at every level – rugby league is in people’s blood.”