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Joel Farrell extends Eagles stint with two-year deal


Sheffield Eagles’ Jamaican international Joel Farrell has signed a new two-year deal with the club. 

The ferocious forward has been a hit with the Eagles fans since signing from Batley Bulldogs in 2019 and he will be gracing the Olympic Legacy Park over the next couple of seasons.

Discussing his new contract and the exciting times ahead for the club, as they move back to the Steel City, Farrell said: “I’m looking forward to it,”

“It’ll be a big challenge with the players that are leaving but Tubbs is good at what he does, he’ll recruit the best he can.

“I’m looking forward to playing with a good squad and a good set of lads. 

“I can’t wait for the ground to be sorted out as I enjoyed playing at the OLP back in 2019. 

“It’s a good surface to play on, it’s fast and it suited us down to a tee.”

Farrell also mentioned the impact Eagles Director of Rugby Mark Aston has had in recent seasons, as well as the conversation they had which led to the second-rower signing a new contract.

“It’s Tubbs so he talks you around and he makes everything make sense,” he added.

“It was a good chat with him and he has looked after me, I can’t lie about that.

“When I wasn’t playing my best rugby, he brought me back to life. 

“I’ve enjoyed it at Sheffield so far as he has brought the best out of me. It was a pretty easy decision to stay.” 

Aston is delighted to keep Farrell on board, saying: “He is feisty and makes the opposition worry about him,”

“He gets after the opposition which is what we need in the team. 

“People try and wind him up and he has shown signs of going back to that but I threw a carrot to him at the end of the season, making him the captain against Featherstone. 

“He thought I was joking but we need him to start maturing and become a leader of the pack. 

“I was delighted with him against Featherstone with how he applied and presented himself as the captain. 

“The other carrot for him is to be a part of the Jamaica World Cup squad. Were delighted to have him around the place. 

“Hes not massively old so he has his best years in front of him. 

“We can hopefully curb his temperament and get him to do what he does best - play rugby league and lead from the front.”