Paul Broadbent is backing Sheffield Eagles

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SHEFFIELD Eagles have got Wembley hero Paul Broadbent’s vote as they start the battle to reach a second Championship Grand Final.

Broadbent, who captained the Eagles when they won the Challenge Cup, believes they can ‘edge out’ Batley Bulldogs in the opening round.

The former GB star is in position to judge having coached Dewsbury Rams against both clubs in the past month and he’s backing former teammate Mark Aston over Batley boss John Kear who coached the Eagles to the 1998 Wembley triumph.

“Eagles have flair across the park and ask a lot of questions on the edges,” he said. “The way they throw numbers around and try and overload on different sides of the field will really challenge Batley.”

Broadbent’s Rams lost 30-20 to Eagles in the final league game – a win that earned Eagles a fourth place finish and a home tie with Batley at DVS on Sunday (3pm).

“Batley rely a lot on the big forward pack. Stop them getting to the advantage line you can deal with them,” he added.