There may well be a the odd tear in some eyes on Sunday as Sheffield Eagles prepare to bid farewell to several of their star names of recent times.
The Eagles entertain Super League’s Wakefield Trinity Wildcats for the final game of the campaign, with several players bowing out as the club prepare for full-time status next season.
The likes of Scott Turner and Dominic Brambani played in both of the Eagles’ Grand Final successes in 2012 and 2013, whilst James Davey, Eddie Battye and Pat Walker were involved in the 2013 victory.
They make up a group of 10 that will be leaving and Walker insists he, and the rest of his team mates, want to end their time with the Eagles on a high.
“It is massively important to end well,” said the 30-year-old.
“We aren’t leaving on bad terms, I want to do the best I can for the team before I leave and I am looking to get a Super League scalp before that.”
The Eagles have so far stalled on naming anymore departures until the end of the season, whilst a decision on a home for 2016 is also still up in the air. There are still a number of players with futures to be decided, and at least two more names are expected to leave at the end of the campaign.
That will all be decided after Sunday’s showdown with Wakefield, where Walker is excited about signing off his stay in South Yorkshire by upsetting the form book with a victory over Brian Smith’s side.
“It is always good for the club to be back in the city from where then club is from,” Walker added.
“Hopefully being at Bramall Lane will help us get a decent crowd, and I think the lads can thrive off it.”
Wakefield know a victory over the Eagles will give them crucial home advantage in their ‘million pound game’ with Bradford Bulls to determine who gets the coveted 12th and final place in Super League next season.
The Wildcats have also confirmed this week that they have lifted an internal ban on prop Scott Anderson and three-quarter Reece Lyne, and after resuming training they are in line to return to the matchday squad for Sunday’s game.
Full-back Kevin Locke and scrum-half Tim Smith remain suspended by the club subject to a reported police investigation into a car crash in Hull.