Sheffield Eagles: Briggs says Eagles move was right for him

Kyle Briggs
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Kyle Briggs is confident he’s made the right move in joining the Eagles and enjoys a more central playmaker role.

Briggs was at loose-forward in his first three games following his signing from Featherstone Rovers but at Doncaster last weekend he switched to stand-off and had a hand in three of the tries in a 26-22 win.

“The lads welcomed me with open arms, I feel comfortable and back to enjoying the game again,” said Briggs. “Things are starting to tick for me.

“Doncaster was a big win for us – a local derby – and Donny are a massively improved team this year and for us to go there and get a win was brilliant.”

Coach Mark Aston needs Briggs to have a big impact if the defending Championship titleholders are to put a disappointing season behind them and make the play-offs.

”We know Kyle’s got that bit of class and he’s only going to get better,” said Aston. “It was certainly needed at Doncaster for him to start stamping his authority on the group (team) and he did. I’m pleased.”

Eagles’ top-eight hopes will be on the line in back-to-back home games starting with newly-relegated Swinton, at Owlerton on Sunday (2pm) followed by Whitehaven the following week.

Briggs said: “We need to concentrate on ourselves because we have been inconsistent. There’s five games to go and the league is still pretty tight so we have to build on the Doncaster win and take it into the next weekend.

“We wanted a win in a big game to try and set the standard for the rest of the season and going into the play-offs.”