11th January 2018, 18:55
Hometown boy Burns praises fans for "big effort" in 2017
Sheffield Eagles hooker Greg Burns has lauded the Eagles fans for their commitment after the team played their games out of the city at Wakefield’s Beaumont Legal Stadium last year.
Born-and-bred in Sheffield, Burns came through the academy ranks at the Eagles and made a solid contribution in 2017 with 22 appearances and two tries.
Now, as the team prepares for its return to the Steel City, Burns gave credit to the hardy fans who regularly made the trip to West Yorkshire.
“It was really good of our fans to come over to Wakefield,” said Burns.
“It was a big effort and a big ask for a lot of people so it’s good to be back in Sheffield and build that fan-base back up.”
The 22-year-old has had tough luck with injuries in the past so extended game time was certainly pleasing for the dummy-half.
“It was good to be back playing,” he added.
“To get 20 plus games was the target so I was happy to get over that.
“It was nice to not pick up any injuries and have a season where I felt fresh and not injured for once!”
Last term, the Eagles got to a second consecutive Championship Shield final and the hooker classed it as a good season considering the lack of personnel Sheffield had at the beginning of the campaign.
“You look at where we were at the start of the year, we didn’t have many players," he reflected.
"We reached the final so I think it was a successful season. I don’t think anyone expected us to do that.”
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By Dan Fowler