Rugby league: Eddie Battye bids farewell to Eagles as he joins Broncos

Eddie Battye
Eddie Battye

Prop forward Eddie Battye has confirmed he will be joining London Broncos after being named as one of the 10 players leaving Sheffield Eagles at the end of the season.

The 24-year-old will be reunited with former teammate and coach Andrew Henderson at the Broncos for the 2016 campaign.

Battye will end his eight-year association with the Eagles after the Super 8s, and joins the Broncos on a full-time contract after he penned a two-year deal.

“I am really looking forward to getting down to London and joining the Broncos,” he said. “It was a massive decision for me and is going to be a big change and a challenge I am looking forward to.

“I still have a job to do with Sheffield and I aim to finish this season as strongly as I can with them.

“Sheffield have been a great club for me and, having been there since I was a 16, it was hard decision to leave. I wish Mark (director of rugby Aston) and the club all the best in the future.”

Battye will be in the Eagles squad for tomorrow’s clash with Leigh Centurions, looking to build on the victory over Halifax following the break for the Challenge Cup Final.

Aston believes that the break will have benefited his side as he looks to heap more misery on a Leigh side that have lost all three of their Super 8 fixtures.

“We have had a week off to recharge the batteries and now we are looking to finish the season on a positive because we have had a great campaign,” Aston said.

“We want to finish right and challenge ourselves against some of the top clubs. I don’t think anyone expected Leigh to be below us, especially with how they set off in the Super 8s when at half-time against Hull Kingston Rovers they were winning 24-6.

“As far as I was concerned, they blew that game. They had one foot in Super League on that day but from there it has unravelled a bit. They still have it in them, they are still a very strong team.”