Eagles capture Briggs from Featherstone
Sheffield Eagles are delighted to announce the signing of Kyle Briggs from Featherstone Rovers on a two-and-a-half year deal.
Briggs, 26, has Super League experience with the Bradford Bulls having joined them from Featherstone in 2011. He also had a short loan spell with London Broncos before his Super League career was cruelly cut short by injury and he returned to Featherstone the following season.
Briggs is again coming back to his best having lost most of the 2013 season to injury, progression that should see him flourish within the Eagles squad.
Fans may get a chance to see Briggs in action this weekend as he is available to join the squad for the clash with North Wales Crusaders.
Eagles’ coach Mark Aston sees Kyle as an important addition to the squad at a critical stage of the season.
He said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have signed Kyle. He’s a quality player, a quality individual who brings a wealth of experience, class and a great attitude to the team.
“We have given Kyle a two-and-a-half year contract which we feel shows what Kyle can give Sheffield Eagles.”
Briggs can play stand-off or loose forward and Aston has to decide where he will fit into the team.
“Loose-forward would be a good position for Kyle but he can also play half-back,” he said. “The nice thing is that he gives us a bit of utility – whether he’s a 13 or a six we’ll see, but he’ll do a fantastic job for Sheffield Eagles.”
The signing is part of Aston’s plans to strengthen the squad for next season. He added: “We’re rebuilding. We lost four senior players this year, quality players and you can’t replace them.
“It’s great that we are in a position to get a senior player like Kyle.”
Briggs said of his move, “This is new and exciting challenge for me. I’ve started to enjoy my rugby again and want to get back to playing the quality which attracted the Super League interest.
“I’m looking forward to working with Mark Aston and his back room staff, Dave Larder and Keith Senior.
“I’ve heard alot of good things about Sheffield. There’s a strong squad of players who I am looking forward to joining, add in those who Mark is looking to add this year and the Eagles will be flying high again in no time.”