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Paddy Burns signs one-year deal


Sheffield Eagles are delighted to announce that Paddy Burns has signed a one-year deal with the club.

Like his brother and fellow Eagle, Greg, Burns was part of the club’s Academy/Reserves setup before it was disbanded.

Having made his way back to the Eagles, he has impressed in the first grade and Head Coach Mark Aston is eager to see more from the young forward.

He said: “He is one of our own and came through the scholarship system we had before it got taken off us,”

“He went to Cas, which he needed to do, and became well respected but they didn’t keep him for one reason or another.

“What a great kid he is and he’s tough as teak. He’s at the right age level to be around the place for years to come.

“He plays it tough and people haven’t seen the best of Paddy Burns just yet. What I remember from when he grew up around my son Cory was the skill set he had.

“We remind him that we want more as he can pass the ball, and once he gets the belief we’ll see a different Paddy.”

Shortly after putting pen to paper, Burns commented: “I am definitely glad to be staying on board, it was a no brainer really,”

“Playing for my local club is something I’ve dreamt of doing since being a kid.

“The team Tubbs (Mark Aston) is building is a competitive one and I want to be a part of it.”

Burns was part of the team that won the 1895 Cup against Widnes at Wembley last year and it’s something he looks back on fondly.

“The chance to play at Wembley is usually a once in a lifetime thing so to get to do that, and win there, was amazing,” he reflected.

“It was a big day for the club and it’s one I’ll definitely remember for the rest of my life.”

With the Championship scrapped for the remainder of 2020, Burns is looking forward to the start of pre-season and fighting for his place in what will be a strong forward pack.

“I think everyone is missing it and it will be great to get back out there,” he added.

“It’s good to have competition for places, it keeps you on your toes knowing that a spot in the team won’t come easy to anyone.”

By Dan Fowler, photo by Alex Coleman