Sheffield Eagles have announced the signing of former Hull KR fullback Matty Marsh on a two year deal from Championship rivals York RLFC ahead of the 2024 Betfred Championship season.
Marsh, who came through the ranks at Super League club Hull KR, was a popular figure at the LNER Community Stadium and scored 63 tries in 107 appearances across six seasons.
An elusive outside back, he can play all along the back-line to add variety and competition for places in what will be another strong Sheffield squad.
Discussing the signing, Eagles Director of Rugby Mark Aston commented: “Matty is someone I’ve liked for a long time, he’s got an exciting style of play which fits our game to a tee,”
“When firing fit, he is one of the best players in the division and we’re excited to see him in action in the Red and Gold.”
Though this may seem like a blow to York and their spine, the Knights have made some decisive steps themselves ahead of 2024 including securing hooker Will Jubb in recent weeks.
Jubb is another former Hull KR man and operates at nine keeping the Knights’ options strong in the spine despite the departure of Marsh who can play fullback or at six and seven.
Jubb joined York on loan from Hull KR during the 2017 season, signing a permanent deal with the Knights the following season.
The hooker was part of the side which won the Betfred League One title in 2018 and went to finish third in the Betfred Championship a year later.
Jubb represented the Knights at Wembley Stadium in the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup Final in 2021 and continued to be an integral part of the York sides which won finishes in the Betfred Championship Play-Offs in 2022 and 2023.
The 27-year-old surpassed 150 appearances for York earlier this year, with only four players having featured more times for the Club during the summer era.
Jubb said: “I’m absolutely delighted to sign a new deal with the Club. It’s no secret how much this Club means to me and I want to be part of the story here for as long as I can.
“It’s really humbling to be up there with some of the legends of the Club in terms of appearances.
“I’m really thankful to the Club for making those moments, like my 100th and 150th appearance, really special. Hopefully I can get a bit higher up that leaderboard of appearances next year, but we’ll just take it one game at a time!
“I just love playing for this Club, so long may that continue. I’m absolutely thrilled to be here next year and to be able to play in front of the fans at the LNER Community Stadium in 2024.”
Helping matters for York is the fact that former Hull KR and Wakefield Trinity fullback Will Dagger has replaced Marsh for next year.