2nd November 2018, 17:55
Knowles pens two-year deal with Eagles
Sheffield Eagles can today announce the signing of back-row forward Brad Knowles from Featherstone Rovers.
Knowles has come through the Rovers ranks and been one of the most consistent performers in a competitive Featherstone squad this term.
The 25-year-old joins Sheffield on a two-year deal.
On the signing of Knowles, Eagles Director of Rugby Mark Aston said: “One word epitomises Knowles, and that is ‘competitor,’”
“We have been looking for that over the past few years and he fits the bill.
“He wants to win and to add him to the pack is a massive boost for us and again, taking him on for the next two years gives him the time to develop and get him back to where he was a few years ago.
“He gets on with his job and people like Scott Wheeldon, Keal Carlile, Misi Taulapapa can’t speak highly enough of him, and when people of that hilt are singing your praises then it’s a no-brainer for us.”
Knowles added: "I'm excited more than anything else,"
"It feels good to be wanted. I've never really had another club offer me anything apart from Fev so I'm excited to get going next season.
"It hasn't been the best two-and-a-half months for myself, the staff and the team at Featherstone (since missing out on Qualifiers).
"Mark gave me a ring, approached me and told me what he wanted and where he wanted to go and he asked me where I wanted to go.
"I spoke to a few other clubs, assessed my options, and for me Sheffield was the best option and I thought with the players he is signing it is probably the best direction to go in."
Knowles is relishing the opportunity to fight for his name on the teamsheet as there will be fierce competition for places in the forward pack next year.
"There is nothing better than a bit of stiff competiton for places.
"At Featherstone towards the backend of the year, we had no players whereas if there is strong competition for places, the better people will train and the better attitudes people will have."
Knowles is eyeing a big debut year for himself and the club in what will be one of the toughest Championship campaigns to date.
"I think our minimum next year should be the Championship Shield Final.
"With the players we have signed and the squad we have got, there's no point having a group of individuals who are willing to perform for themselves week-in week-out.
"We need to build a tight-knit group and if we can build that sort of attitude towards playing next year, we can go for and do well."
You can watch Brad in action at the Olympic Legacy Park next year with an Eagles season membership!
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By Dan Fowler