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Dixon does deal for 2021



Rory Dixon is the latest player to sign a new contract with Sheffield Eagles.

Dixon will remain with the Eagles on a one-year deal after impressing during 2019 and the early part of 2020.

The former York City Knights prop bolsters the Eagles forward pack and provides more competition, which will please Director of Rugby Mark Aston.

He said: “He has come from good stock, out of the Castleford system, and he is a pleasure to coach,”

“What we have seen this year is a different Rory Dixon. He had a tough pre-season in 2019 with injury but still played a number of games, but how he started 2020 was great.

“I certainly saw it in glimpses last year too, especially against Toulouse at the OLP. Playing against a full-time team and he was one of the best players on that pitch.

“He is part of the future of Sheffield Eagles and if we do our jobs right as coaches, he will be one of our players for the next few years and that is how we build the consistency to win.”

Dixon added: “I am happy to be staying on and hopefully I can kick on next year,”

“We want to make it a successful year as a team, as well as personally for me.

“I had a good pre-season just gone, started to get more minutes under my belt before the season got cut short.

“It is what it is but I will be wanting to start next year in the same way I finished this year.”

The front-rower was pleased with the amount of game time he got in 2019 as he battled for a spot alongside some experienced forwards, as well as fellow youngsters Blake Broadbent, Paddy Burns and Lewis Taylor.

“Of course we had experienced players like Taggy (Brad Knowles) and Jamesy (Matt James) but the good thing about Tubbs is that he gives the younger lads a chance,” said Dixon.

“It’s then up to us to take those opportunities. I was happy with how many games I played in 2019 as well as this year.”