Jason Bass re-signs with Sheffield Eagles for 2023
Sheffield Eagles are delighted to confirm the re-signing of Jason Bass on a one-year deal.
The outside back signed for the club from Championship side York City Knights and has been a key member of Mark Aston’s squad this season, as the winger made 22 appearances and scored seven tries in all competitions.
The 26-year-old fielded strong competition in his natural position on the wings in 2021 and also featured as a utility player for the Eagles at hooker and full-back.
“I’m really pleased”, said Bass when asked about his new deal.
“We’ve got a really good group of lads with some great experience and some exciting young players, so I’m really happy to be sticking around.
The 2022 season saw a return to the Steel City for the Eagles, and the first match at the Olympic Legacy Park Community Stadium was always going to be a big occasion.
Bass played a significant part in the 34-24 homecoming win over Widnes Vikings with a superb two-try performance.
“(The Widnes game) was fantastic, the whole spectacle was awesome,” he added.
“It was great to see rugby league return to Sheffield, it’s fantastic to be back in the city and playing where we belong. The OLP is a great place to play rugby.”
The winger missed the conclusion of the season following a knee injury and is feeling positive as he prepares to build into next season.
“I’ve been pretty unfortunate with injuries, but the good thing with this squad is that we’ve got some fantastic players who can back you up, whoever comes in, they do a job,” said Bass.
“To get any playing time in this squad is great, I want to build on what I’ve done this year and start again.
“Right now, it’s about getting fit and getting the body right for the new year so we are ready for those first games.”
Eagles Director of Rugby Mark Aston commented: “I am pleased that Jason is staying with us for another season,”
“He has shown glimpses of quality throughout his debut year and, as he has mentioned, been unfortunate with injuries.
“We’re looking forward to getting him back in pre-season as he will be raring to nail down a starting spot in what will be a competitive squad.”
By Lewis Coleman, graphic by Alex Coleman