Sheffield Eagles forward Martyn Reilly departs for Championship rivals

Josh McAllister
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Martyn Reilly has departed Sheffield Eagles for Championship rivals Batley Bulldogs.

The front-rower put forward a request to leave the club earlier this week.

Reilly joined the club from Oldham in the off-season for the 2022 campaign. He had previously been with Halifax and Dewsbury before making the move.

Sheffield director of rugby Mark Aston said: “We never want to stand in a player’s way and this is the case with Martyn,” 

“Martyn has made a big impact in his short time with ourselves. He is the ultimate professional.

“I’d like to thank Martyn for his efforts in an Eagles shirt and we wish him all the best for the future.” 

Batley confirm Marty Reilly signing

Batley confirmed the signing shortly after on social media. He joins the club until the end of the 2023 campaign.

The Championship outfit shared: “We’re delighted to announce the signing of experienced Front Row man Martyn Reilly from Sheffield Eagles on a contract to the end of the 2023 campaign.”

Batley host Dewsbury this Friday, April 15, at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium in the Championship.

1895 Cup details confirmed

The battle to reach Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the 1895 Cup is on – and both semi-finals will be live on Our League on Sunday, May 8.

Sheffield face Whitehaven in the competition’s only play-off tie. The winner will travel to Leigh for the semi-finals, while Barrow host Featherstone.

The semi-finals are set to take place on Sunday, May 8. They will both be shown live and free on the Rugby Football League’s Our League web and app.

The final will take place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as part of a double-header alongside the Challenge Cup final.

1895 Cup play-off draw:

Sheffield Eagles v Whitehaven

Semi-finals draw:

Leigh Centurions v  Sheffield Eagles or Whitehaven

Barrow Raiders v Featherstone Rovers

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