9th November 2018, 06:55
Davies aims for solid second season
Sheffield Eagles forward Oliver Davies is hoping to improve on his debut term in South Yorkshire when the new season comes around.
As the players head into training, Davies is motivated to gain a starting shirt at the Olympic Legacy Park in a competitive forward pack.
The ex-Swinton Lion admitted he could have had a better 2018 but was happy with how it ended on a personal note.
“It (2018) had highs, it had lows,” Davies reflected.
“It was a learning curve for me and I put a lot of that down to Tubbs and Keith. I wish it went better, wish I got more starts, as I had a good start but had a bit of a wobble in the middle.
“The backend of the year, I think I finished strong and hopefully that will bring me into a good pre-season.
“I got a few starts under my belt at the start of the year but that can get a bit dangerous if you start resting on your laurels.
“You can’t do that and find yourself feeling comfortable, that’s the worst thing that can happen.
“You have got to put that to the back of your head and try to get that starting shirt week-in, week-out.
“The main thing what Tubbs wants this year, and what we lacked last year, is competitive training sessions for positions.
“The competitiveness between each player in the team is what we need because last year, the inconsistency was down to people coming into training knowing they were playing next week.
“We didn’t have the numbers, the depth in the squad, to have the luxury to put people under pressure.
“The biggest difference this year will be the competitiveness.”
The Eagles fans have hit the headlines recently as they – along with the whole rugby league community - have backed club legend Menzie Yere, and his family, to the hilt due to their battle against deportation from the country.
Davies gave glowing praise to Sheffield’s supporters – for the atmosphere they created at the OLP in 2018 but also for the work they have done to help raise over £5,000 for Yere and his family.
“They put so much effort into everything,” he added.
“Everyone says there’s not many of them but they are the loudest.
“When you come to the OLP, you know that and teams know about it.
“It goes to show what type of club Sheffield is built on with the fans that we have got with the money they have raised for Menzie and that’s testament to the club and what the fan-base actually is.
“They’re more than just fans at Sheffield Eagles.”
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By Dan Fowler, photo by Alex Coleman