25th August 2019, 16:55
Millar agrees new deal
Sheffield Eagles speedster Ryan Millar has signed a new two-year contract with the club.
Having burst on to the scene in 2015 with a brace against London Broncos and a hat-trick against Hull KR, Millar has been a key member of the Eagles squad for a number of seasons.
This year has also been a successful one for the winger who has scored 20 tries in 29 appearances while firmly putting the injury worries of last term to bed.
“It’s fantastic to be staying,” he said.
"I really enjoy it here, it’s been a good couple of years.
"The club is heading in the right direction and they’ve really helped me out over the last few seasons and I’m pleased that can continue.
"Obviously they (the club) stuck by me in pre-season and had faith in me.
"It’s good to repay that and I am back to full fitness and I have put that injury behind me.
"It’s been a really positive year and I hope to improve next year as well.”
Millar struck up a great partnership with James Glover in the opening months of the season but that was cut short when the centre sustained a season-ending injury at the Summer Bash.
The duo now have another year to show their qualities and Millar is excited to play alongside Glover again.
“I am really looking forward to him coming back,” he added.
"We started to form a good relationship on that side as we got to that game (Barrow at Summer Bash) and it was a shame he got injured and ruled out for a while.
"He should be back ready for pre-season next year so I am looking forward to it.”
It has been the Eagles’ most successful season on the field in recent times and Millar has seen improvements across the board that have helped the cause.
"I think this year has been really successful, a massive turnaround from last season both on and off the pitch,”
“The atmosphere at the club is a lot better and I know we’re keeping a lot of the core players from this year so we’ll keep improving.
“At the moment, we’re still challenging for the top five and we’ll keep battling for that until it’s not mathematically possible but next season we’ll be there or thereabouts.”
On a number of occasions, Eagles coach Mark Aston has praised Millar’s dedication in doing his own individual review of matches and pointing out where he can improve.
But the winger has praised both Aston and assistant coach Keith Senior for helping him progress as a rugby league player, especially as he didn’t play the sport as a youngster
"It has been great (learning from the coaching staff),” he said.
“I didn’t grow up playing rugby league so when I joined the club I was behind a few of the boys.
"Working with him (Aston) as well as Keith, who has a wealth of knowledge, has been a massive help while picking little things up as I go.”
By Dan Fowler