Sheffield Eagles tie down exciting ex-Leeds Rhinos youngster as he reveals Super League Champion who has helped his development

It’s that time of year when teams are piecing together their squads for next season, and as 2023 looms clubs are beginning to announce new signings as well as retentions ahead of the new campaign.

Sheffield Eagles did as such yesterday tying down a promising young winger for the 2023 campaign.

The young man is exciting winger Ben Shiels who made his debut for the Eagles in a 34-24 win over Dewsbury this year as his career takes off.

That came in Round 27 and was an emotional moment for the young winger as he reflected:

“It was special to make my debut in front of the home crowd, and to play with that group of lads was great, I really enjoyed the experience. 

“It was special to have my mum and dad there. I wasn’t sure they’d be able to come, it was a nice surprise.”

Meanwhile, on his new deal, which is just for the one year in 2023, he said:

“I’m excited. I’d obviously like to get a bit more game time next season, but it’ll be great to be around the guys that have re-signed as well as the new lads.”

Meanwhile, Sheffield’s Director of Rugby Mark Ashton noted: “Ben is an up-and-coming talent and one who has certainly had to be patient this year.

“He is a credit to himself, his family and it typifies upbringing he’s had within the game. 

“The way he has gone about his business this year, coming to every training session and giving his all, has been exemplary. 

“I was delighted to get him out on the pitch against Dewsbury and he didn’t disappoint. 

“We have someone here who is willing to learn and that can only be a good thing for a youngster coming through the ranks.

“It’s all about progression for Ben in 2023. We’ve seen it with Blake Broadbent and Ryan Johnson in recent seasons. They’re now established first team players and that’s where we want Ben to be soon.” 

A young man with young potential, the former Rhinos academy man revealed that a former Leeds Rhinos star, in the shape of Grand Final winner Ben Jones-Bishop, has helped him a lot: “It’s been great to have experienced lads around me. Ben’s helped me a lot this year.

“He’s been there for me, he’s answered any questions that I’ve asked, it’s been great to learn from such a good player.”

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