London Broncos Rugby League is pleased to announce the signing of forward Eddie Battye from Sheffield Eagles on a two-year deal.
Battye, 24, has been with the Eagles for the past eight years, with a spell at Villeneuve Leopards in France during 2012, he returned to the Eagles in the subsequent season which was seen as his breakthrough year. Battye has played in 72 games for the Eagles during his time at the club.
“I am really looking forward to getting down to London and joining the Broncos,” said Battye. “It was a massive decision for me and is going to be a big change and a challenge I am looking forward to.”
“It will be great to work under Hendo (head coach Andrew Henderson) as I have a lot of respect for him as player and as a person from his time at Sheffield and he helped me a lot. Hopefully he can continue to develop my game as head coach, he has a lot of knowledge of the game and I hope to learn as much as I can.
“It has always been a goal of mine to become a full time rugby league player and I am hoping being part of a full time environment will bring me on as a player. In 2016 I want to keep developing as a player and be as successful as I can at London.
“I still have a job to do with Sheffield and I aim to finish this season as strong as I can with them. Sheffield has been a great club for me and being there since I was a 16 was hard decision to leave and wish Mark and the club all the best in the future.”
Andrew Henderson said of Battye: “Eddie is a great acquisition for the club and he’s come through a good system at Sheffield and is now an established player at this level. I’m really excited that he’s decided to join us.
“He’s tough, robust and very skilful for a prop. He’s had a really good season this year with Sheffield as one of their standout front-rowers, I know he was offered to stay at Sheffield and attracted Super League interest but he felt that the time was right for a new challenge and saw that London was the best opportunity to further his career.
“He’s keen, hungry to do well and wants to become an even better player. These are some of the values I’m looking for in players I recruit.”