London Broncos Rugby League has further bolstered squad ranks ahead of the 2018 season, after Eddie Battye inked a new one year deal.
26 year old Battye, who joined the Broncos for the 2016 season from Sheffield Eagles, has impressed in his two years in London colours, playing 40 games, and scoring four tries.
The industrious prop says he’s thrilled to be staying, and admits he’s very proud to be a part of the squad pushing for the goal of promotion back to Super League.
“I’m very pleased to be staying for another year. I’m happy down here. I’m enjoying it off the field, too. The boys are all good, and everybody gets on really well.
“I’m really happy to be fighting to get this club back to Super League. My ambition is to be a Super League player, and I want to do it with this club.
“It means a lot to pull on a Broncos jersey. This club is steeped in history, and a lot of good players have come through these ranks and played here. I’m very proud to pull it on, and hopefully we can take the jersey back to where it belongs: in Super League.”
London boss, Andrew Henderson, saw enough talent in Battye – despite missing the majority of the 2017 season with a knee injury – to want to keep him on in the capital for a third season.
“I’ve known Eddie for a number of years, and saw him as a promising youngster, which was part of the reason I decided to give him a chance down here in the first place. He had a tremendous season for us in 2016 in his first year as a full time player and showed a lot of promise in pre-season.
“I think he’s got the ability and the potential to be a Super League standard player. He had a really good pre-season for us this year, started the season really well, and it’s just been frustrating for both Eddie and the coaches that he missed a large part of the season with a knee injury.
“What we saw of Eddie against Catalans and Warrington in the Super 8s proved he certainly has got the ability to play at this level. I’m pleased that we can give him another opportunity to prove us all right next season. It’s a big chance for him – he is an established Championship front rower who I believe has the ability to establish himself as a Super League front rower.
“I’m hopeful that he’ll get the opportunity to do that with us next year in Super League.”