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Davey signs one-year contract


James Davey is staying in Sheffield after signing a one-year deal.

Davey returned to the club in 2019 as coach Mark Aston started to build a silverware-winning squad, culminating in the 1895 Cup triumph at Wembley.

Having already been a part of the back-to-back Grand Final winning Eagles teams, Davey’s second stint at the club could become just as fruitful.

Shortly after Davey signed the extension, Aston said: “We had him a while ago when he came out of Wakefield and he was great for us,”

“When we went full-time, he wanted to pack in his electrician apprenticeship to go with us and I wouldn’t allow him because I couldn’t guarantee him that it’d be more than a year.

“He went to Batley and did well there. We were delighted to fetch him back as he fits the culture of the club - good, honest player who loves the environment.

“He gives massive amounts to the squad, who respect him, and we’ll see more from James this year with the ‘six again’ rule change.”

“I am really pleased to be staying with Sheffield as it’s a really good club,” Davey said.

“I have been here for quite a few years so it’s great to be staying on for another season.”

With three hookers fighting for the starting spot and a place on the interchange, Davey embraced the competition and will do so again.

“Obviously fighting for your place is always a good thing,” he added.

“It will work out good for us as individuals going into next year and it’s also great for the team.”

Following on from Aston’s comments about the ‘six again’ rule, the Eagles’ no.9 is also looking forward to seeing how the Eagles can capitalise - especially on the OLP turf.

He commented: “I am looking forward to the rule change,”

“If we can get some momentum going forward, and we get a quick play-the-ball, hopefully we can play off the back of it.

“At the OLP it is a fast track, it will be a fast game and we can’t wait to get stuck into it.”

By Dan Fowler, photo by Alex Coleman