SHEFFIELD EAGLES: Menzie Yere planned to have extra time for good behaviour

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CENTRE Menzie Yere has been on his best behaviour this season to make sure nothing could stop him playing in a Championship Grand Final.

The Papua New Guinea international had to cool his heels in the stands as Sheffield Eagles lost to Featherstone Rovers last year after picking up a suspension.

That hurt the player who is nicknamed the ‘Jukebox’ because he has all the big hits with his tough tackling style.

“I desperately wanted to play but I got a two-match ban but his time I’ve had a good year – not on reports by the referee, no bans,” he said.

“I’ve been working on my tackling, last year I was a few seconds late and got banned but this year I made sure that didn’t happen. I still play hard but clean.”

Featherstone Rovers will be in Yere’s sights when the clubs meet in a repeat of last year’s final at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, on Sunday (kick-off 4.30pm). Yere hopes to add to his 22 tries this season and help the Eagles gain revenge for a 40-4 loss last time around. If he gets a chance the tactic will be simple but devastating.

“Always when I get the ball my first thought is go for the line, run hard and score hard. If someone is in the way I go hard at them,” he said.

Menzie is quick to add a tribute to back rower Michael Knowles who joined the club this season and has developed a partnership on the left side attack. “It’s good to play inside Michael,” said Menzie. “We have just clicked and play well together. He gives me a signal to go inside or outside it’s down to timing and if there’s a gap I go for it.”

Prop forward Alex Rowe has joined Batley Bulldogs. Rowe made 60 appearances over four seasons after signing from Doncaster but has been out of the first team picture this season.

Eagles have signed two players with Super League experience for next season. Hooker James Davey, who has been on loan from Wakefield Wildcats for the past three months, and Winger or centre Tom Armstong, who turned down a full-time contract at St Helens last season, moves from Swinton Lions. Both players are aged 23 and have agreed 12-month deals.