Garside promises to compete for a spot in Eagles’ side

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NEW signing Matt Garside knows he will have to stand out from the crowd if he’s to break into Sheffield Eagles team.

A first choice at York Knights he must now stake a claim for a place with the Championship Grand Final winners.

“We do seem to have a lot of second rows and centres but it’s always good to test yourself and see where you are at. I’ve got the challenge to get into the team but I’m training hard,” he said.

“I’ll play where I’m chosen, I think everybody will be just happy to play.”

Garside and former Swinton and St Helens centre Tom Armstrong are two of coach Mark Aston’s big signings ahead of the 2013 season. They will add competition to a back line that boasts three internationals in Papua New Guinea star Menzie Yere plus Samoans Misi Taulapapa and Quentin Laulu-Togagae.

Garside who was in the Huddersfield Giants Academy before successful spells at Gateshead and York is happy to take up the challenge. “Sheffield’s a more successful club and a chance to test myself after moving back from university, that was in Newcastle, now I’m back in Huddersfield so it was a good move,” he said.

“I learned a lot at York working under Chris Thorman and Dave Woods. Now this is another stage.”

Garside will get his first chance in the friendly at French Elite club Limoux this weekend. With the Championship expanded to 14 teams he can also expect an early call up as line-up options are tried out.

“There’s lots of games and it’ll be a harder challenge but we’ve got a good enough squad to do well” he said.

“We’ve got a tough start with Halifax and Batley. That will tell us where we are at.”