25th August 2019, 14:55
Farrell signs two-year deal
Sheffield Eagles are delighted to announce the re-signing of popular back-rower Joel Farrell on a two-year deal.
Having initially signed a one-year contract after his move from Batley Bulldogs ahead of the 2019 season, Farrell has put pen to paper to extend his stay in South Yorkshire.
With 30 appearances and 12 tries to his name in all competitions, the powerful forward has been an ever-present for Mark Aston’s men and he admits to playing some of his best rugby for the Red and Golds.
"I am really happy to have re-signed for the club, I’m enjoying my rugby again and being around the boys,” he said.
"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.
"Tubbs understands how I play and the way I want to play so he gives me the freedom to do what I want to do.
"But when there’s stuff I need to improve, he works with me, and it’s different to the way others have so it makes sense to me when he explains it.
"He seems to be getting the best out of me really.”
Having helped the Eagles win at Wembley as well as gain a respectable league position, Farrell is beaming with pride about the team’s performance and believes it’s in a great place to keep building.
"It’s been a great year for us and considering where we were last year, if somebody said to me at the start that we’re going to be sixth in the league and winning at Wembley I’d have laughed at you,” he added.
"The whole season has been class, we have something to build on and now with Wembley it’s bigger than anything we have ever done.
"We have boys in here who have been around the Championship for years who deserved that shot.
The two-year deal brings consistency for Farrell, as well as a perfect opportunity to replicate his standout performances at the Olympic Legacy Park.
If he does so, a call-up to the Jamaica national team for the 2021 World Cup will be all but guaranteed and that is something Farrell holds dear.
"With Jamaica, it’s great to play with a bunch of people I have grown up with - we’re all from similar backgrounds - and get on super well,” he added.
“With Wembley, the World Cup in 2021, it’s more than I ever expected to get out of rugby league.
"It’s two of the biggest things you can do in the sport.
"I will keep my head down with Sheffield, do all that I can to make sure I’m in there for the World Cup but everything is falling into place well."
By Dan Fowler