Chrimes signs up for 2023
Sheffield Eagles are delighted to confirm the re-signing of Matty Chrimes on a one-year deal.
The winger signed for the Eagles from League One side Hunslet RLFC and has made 19 appearances and scored 11 tries in all competitions in 2022.
The 24-year-old provided strong competition in his first season with the club to regulars Ben Jones-Bishop and Jason Bass, and caught the eye on multiple occasions with his try-scoring performances.
"I was buzzing when it got put forward to me”, said Chrimes when asked about his new deal.
“I didn't have any interest in leaving the club, I didn’t want to look anywhere. I just wanted to get ready and go again.
Reflecting on his first season in the second tier, the former Doncaster man added: “If you would’ve said I would’ve got the return I got this year at the start of the season, I would have probably snapped your hand off.
“For my first year I've been delighted with it. Try-scoring is probably the biggest part of my game, so I’m pretty happy I’ve been able to translate it in the Championship.
“19 games is the basement for me now, I want to try and get a few more next year. I’ll get another full pre-season in with Tubbs and I can hopefully build on that and get above the 20 mark.
“The good players stay in the team because they take their chances, so that’s something I’ve got to aim to do every time, so it’s on me next season to do that.
Looking ahead to next year the winger is aiming for progression with Sheffield who missed out on a play-off spot by one place on the Championship ladder in 2022.
"We finished 7th this year, and we threw a few games away ourselves, so I think top six is where we’re going to be looking and with the team that we’ve got next season, I think that’s where we should be,” he said.
“You want to get better every year, top six would mean play-off footy, we want to be playing in the big games, we want to be beating the best teams.”
Director of Rugby Mark Aston commented: “We’re very happy to be keeping Matty at the club for another year,”
“He had a really good purple patch during the season where he was flying and that’s what we want to see on a regular basis from him.
“It was his first full year as a Championship player and I was impressed by him.
“He will always be looking to improve his game which is perfect within this squad as they all push each other.”
By Lewis Coleman, graphic by Alex Coleman