29th August 2019, 11:51 | Sheffield
Sheffield Eagles have celebrated their success in the inaugural AB Sundecks 1895 Cup Final by announcing three contract extensions.
Captain Matt James, winger Ryan Millar and Jamaican international Joel Farrell have all signed new deals with the club, as the Eagles look to finish inside the Betfred Championship play-off places.
James said: “I am really happy to be offered a two-year deal and I cannot wait to get back and rip in pre-season and hopefully be ready for the start of next season.
“I can’t thank him [Mark Aston] enough for giving me an opportunity to put things right in the case of coming back from injury and getting back playing.”
Farrell has scored an impressive 12 tries in 30 games for the Eagles and the back-rower – who crossed at Wembley Stadium – has also signed a two-year deal.
Farrell said: “I am really happy to have re-signed for the club, I’m enjoying my rugby again and being around the boys.
"Tubbs [Mark Aston] and the coaching staff have been outstanding with me really so I’m just happy to be staying for another two years.
"It’s the best rugby I’ve played in a while and I’m enjoying myself.”
Finally, Sheffield youth product Millar who has enjoyed a successful 2019 season with 20 tries in 29 games has also extended his stay with the Eagles for another two seasons.
Millar said: "The club is heading in the right direction and they’ve really helped me out over the last few seasons and I’m pleased that can continue.
"Obviously they stuck by me in pre-season and had faith in me.
"It’s good to repay that and I am back to full fitness and I have put that injury behind me.
"It’s been a really positive year and I hope to improve next year as well.”
Sheffield Eagles travel to Bradford Bulls this weekend in the Betfred Championship with both sides looking to keep their play-off ambitions alive.
Mark Aston’s side became the first-ever winners of the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup when they overcame Widnes Vikings 36-18 last weekend at Wembley Stadium. Half-back Anthony Thackeray was named as the inaugural Ray French Award winner.
🗣️ "You don't get chance to play in many cup finals and lift trophies - it's special and a real special venue."— Rugby Football League (@TheRFL) August 28, 2019
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