Eddie Battye has re-joined his former club Sheffield Eagles on a two-year deal following his departure from relegated Super League side Wakefield Trinity.
On Wednesday night, Wakefield confirmed that Battye had left the club upon the expiry of his contract following three seasons at Belle Vue, making 76 appearances.
The Yorkshireman arrived at Trinity after spending four seasons in the capital with London, where he played 111 games for the Broncos.
But in 2024 he will return to the place where his professional rugby league began, having made 76 appearances for Sheffield between 2008 and 2015 after progressing through the club’s academy ranks.
The experienced front-rower has put pen to paper on a deal that will see him remain with the Eagles until at least the end of the 2025 season.
Sheffield director of Rugby Mark Aston said: “Once we knew of Eddie’s availability, we did all we could to bring him back to Sheffield.
“We’re exceptionally proud of all he has achieved in becoming a Super League regular so to get a man of his calibre says a lot about what we’re doing and where we’re going.
“He’ll bring a lot to the table, not just on the pitch but off the pitch too.”
Wakefield Trinity wish Eddie Battye all the best in future endeavours
In a statement released on their website on Wednesday night, Wakefield sent Battye their best wishes as they confirmed his departure from the club.
“Wakefield Trinity can confirm that Eddie Battye, on completion of his three-year contract, has left the club,” the Wakefield club statement read.
“Eddie joined us towards the end of the 2020 season, and after a successful eight-game loan period, earned a long-term contract.
“He became a regular in the forward pack, and in total played 76 games. Eddie never gave less than 100% for the club.
“The club wish to thank Eddie for his contribution to the club, and give best wishes for the future to him and his family.”