Sheffield add former London youngster

Sheffield Eagles have confirmed the signing of former London Broncos academy player Chris Ball for the 2021 season.

Ball can either play in the centres or at second row. He will combine this new opportunity with his studies at Coventry University.

He actually had talks to join Sheffield last year, but talks ended up breaking down.

Reacting to the news, he said: “I am really excited for the new season with the Eagles, I am confident in my ability that I’ll be able to get game time this year.

“I know it will be tough but I have had a chat about it with Mark and he told me that he’ll be looking to push a few youngsters this year.

“Mark got in touch with me at the start of 2020 and I was supposed to come up for this year but that didn’t work out.

“Now I’ve moved to Coventry, that has given me the chance to play for the Eagles.”

Eagles Head Coach Mark Aston added: “When I speak about the senior guys, we know they’re not going to be here forever so we need to develop from within and this is where the likes of Chris come in.

“It’s about succession planning and we have a number of forwards who can step up and be here for a good few years.

“Chris can play in the centre as well as back-row and we’re looking forward to seeing where he is at.

“The only way we can do that is by playing him so he will get game time, and how he handles that – who knows?”

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