Bull extends Eagles contract to 2022
Sheffield Eagles are delighted to confirm the re-signing of Jordan Bull on a one-year deal.
Bull came through the club’s Academy system before it was disbanded but he returned to South Yorkshire for the 2021 season with Sheffield following a stint with Castleford Tigers
The 21-year-old, who can operate at second-row or centre, says he is glad to be on board for a second season with Sheffield: “I’m very pleased, with the new stadium and everything going on, the team is moving forward so it’s exciting times.”
Working alongside Eagles Director of Rugby Mark Aston for a second-straight season was an appealing factor for the former England Students international.
Commenting on his boss, Bull said: “He’s a straight talker, he tells you how it is and I respect that,”
“He told me last season that I had some good parts and some bad parts and he’s told me how I can progress under him.”
Bull is targeting more game time with Sheffield in 2022 after he completed his first season at Championship level.
He added: “I remember when I spoke with Tubbs (Mark Aston) before I signed for 2021 and he spoke about the 5-10 game barrier.
“There’s potential for even more next year so I’m aiming to kick on and push for a place in the 17 and show what I’m about in pre-season and what I can do.
“This season is just about consistency, as I’m consistent in training the game time will come.
Bull made a flying start to life in Eagles colours as he marked his debut with a try against Batley Bulldogs in his hometown stadium.
The youngster admitted the feeling will be equally as sweet when the Eagles return to the Olympic Legacy Park in 2022.
“It’s very exciting, I was brought up locally to Sheffield so to play in front of the Sheffield fans in the new stadium will be great,'' he said.
“The team that Tubbs has built is still quite a young squad with a lot of promise and hopefully we can show the fans what we’re about next year”.
Mark Aston has challenged Bull to progress in 2022 as he enters his second season in senior rugby league.
Aston said: “He is a good kid from South Yorkshire,”
“He came in last year, to the senior level at the Championship, and by his admission, he probably didn’t understand what it was about and how to apply himself.
“He played a number of games and we always talk about the development of players and their progress. The first year being 0-5 games, the second season 5-10 games and soon.
“It’s a massive pre-season for him, he’s committed to the club and he wants to improve. He’s still relatively young and he has attributes that make me think he can kick on.”
By Lewis Coleman, photo by Alex Coleman