Aston finally secures his man - Douglas signs
Sheffield Eagles are delighted to announce the capture of Brandon Douglas on a two-year deal.
The prop-forward joins the Eagles from South Yorkshire neighbours Doncaster, where he has spent the last three seasons.
The 24-year-old said he is pleased to be joining Sheffield for the next two years.
“I’m really excited, with the new stadium and everything going on, it is an exciting place to be, '' said Douglas.
After an impressive season with the Dons which saw the club narrowly miss out on promotion to the Championship, Douglas acknowledged that he felt a move up the pyramid and to Sheffield was necessary for his development.
“I’ve enjoyed my time (at Doncaster) but I feel like it’s time to challenge myself in a tougher league.
“I feel that if I am going to develop myself as a player I needed to make the step up now, and Sheffield is the best place for me to do that.
“I’m excited to step back up (to the Championship), I think it’ll be a bit faster, a bit more physical than League 1 but I believe I am ready for that challenge.
Douglas excitedly spoke about working alongside Sheffield chief Mark Aston for the next two years and admitted he and Aston have had contact in the past.
“I spoke to Mark a couple of years back, he told me and back then that he wanted me to come and play for him.
“He said if you’d have come a few years back you’d be a better player now!
The former Halifax Panthers and Dewsbury loanee admitted working with the Eagles boss was a big attraction to sign for Sheffield.
“It’s one of the main reasons I’ve signed, I get on really well with him, '' said Douglas.
“The passion that Mark has for Sheffield and the way he wants the club to go made me want to be a part of it.
“He’s got a good track record of developing young players and all I’ve heard is good feedback on him, '' Douglas added.
Douglas is pleased to secure a two-year deal with the Eagles which will provide the forward with stability for the next couple of seasons.
The forward said: “It’ll be good to settle into the team and make a home in Sheffield, I can enjoy my time and not have to worry about where I’m going to be for the next couple of years.
“It all goes back to Mark’s vision for the club, in two years hopefully we’ll be on the road to that vision and we can see what happens then.
“If I can build a reputation for myself as a good, consistent player I have done my job and I’ll be happy with that.
Douglas commented on the Olympic Legacy Park with the forward excited to play at the stadium which is nearing its completion.
“I’ve enjoyed seeing how it’s coming on, it seems like it’s all happened at once, it’ll be great to have a home for the club.
“The club has suffered for not having a home. It'll be good for the fans and the players, to know where we are, I think it’ll help us kick on and build.
Sheffield Eagles director of rugby Mark Aston is pleased to secure the forward’s signature and admitted he has been a long-term admirer of Douglas.
“He is exciting,” Aston said.
“Brandon has been one of the best players in League 1 this year and he has led from the front at Doncaster.
“Losing the likes of Matt James and Scott Wheeldon is big for us but we have 100% faith that Brandon will become a fans favourite.
Aston added: “He is hard-working, tough, and will add to the squad.
“I tried to get him two years ago when he decided to go to Doncaster. Now we have to challenge him to be one of the best forwards in the Championship and I am sure he can do that.”