Jamaica international extends Sheffield stay

Drew Darbyshire
Joel Farrell in action for Sheffield

Joel Farrell in action for Sheffield

Jamaica international Joel Farrell has signed a new two-year deal with Championship club Sheffield.

The 27-year-old forward has been a fan favourite since arriving at the Eagles from fellow Championship side Batley in 2019. He has won six caps for Jamaica since making his international debut in 2019.

On Farrell, Sheffield coach Mark Aston said: “He is feisty and makes the opposition worry about him. He gets after the opposition which is what we need in the team.

“People try and wind him up and he has shown signs of going back to that but I threw a carrot to him at the end of the season, making him the captain against Featherstone.

“He thought I was joking but we need him to start maturing and become a leader of the pack. I was delighted with him against Featherstone with how he applied and presented himself as the captain.

“The other carrot for him is to be a part of the Jamaica World Cup squad. Were delighted to have him around the place.

“Hes not massively old so he has his best years in front of him. We can hopefully curb his temperament and get him to do what he does best – play rugby league and lead from the front.”

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Joel Farrell excited for future

On his new deal, Farrell said: “I’m looking forward to it. It’ll be a big challenge with the players that are leaving but Tubbs (Mark Aston) is good at what he does, he’ll recruit the best he can.

“I’m looking forward to playing with a good squad and a good set of lads.

“I can’t wait for the ground to be sorted out as I enjoyed playing at the OLP back in 2019.

“It’s a good surface to play on, it’s fast and it suited us down to a tee.”

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