Rugby League


26 Jan 2023

2023 Betfred Championship Preview | Sheffield Eagles

2023 Betfred Championship Preview | Sheffield Eagles

Sheffield Eagles finished 7th in the 2022 Betfred Championship.

Mark Aston’s Eagles side won 12 of their 27 league fixtures, finishing one place below York Knights and the play-off places.

Their biggest win of the season came in round 20 against Workington Town, after four tries from Anthony Thackeray, combined with a further eight scores, saw Sheffield cruise to a resounding 64-4 victory.

During the off-season the club have been busy in the transfer market; Ireland international Oliver Roberts has joined from Newcastle Thunder, Aston’s son Cory and Titus Gwaze have arrived from Halifax Panthers, whilst the likes of Matty Dawson-Jones (Bradford Bulls) and Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e (Keighley Cougars) have also signed for the club.

Following this impressive recruitment drive, Head Coach Aston will be hoping his side can mount another play-off push this time around.

Transfers In: 

  • Oliver Roberts (Newcastle Thunder)
  • Titus Gwaze (Halifax Panthers)
  • Cory Aston (Halifax Panthers)
  • Jesse Sene-Lefao (Featherstone Rovers)
  • Aaron Murphy (Bradford Bulls)
  • Matty Dawson-Jones (Bradford Bulls)
  • Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e (Keighley Cougars)
  • Lewis Peachey (Castleford Tigers)
  • Joe Hird (Leeds Rhinos)
  • Mekhi Bridgeman-Reaney (Leeds Rhinos)
  • Jack Hansen (Swinton Lions) 

Transfers Out:

  • Kadeem Williams
  • Tom Holmes (Bradford Bulls) 
  • Matt James (Doncaster)


One to watch:

Scrum-Half Jack Hansen has arrived at the club after leading Swinton Lions to promotion in 2022.

Hansen, who scored the decisive try in last year’s Betfred League One Play-Off Final, is an exciting playmaker with plenty of pace and trickery, and will be looking to challenge regular Eagles halfback pairing Thackeray and Izaac Farrell in 2023.

Sheffield Eagles will kick off their 2023 Betfred Championship campaign away at Halifax Panthers on Sunday 5 February, kick off is 15:00 at the Shay.