Sheffield sign USA full-back Corey Makelim

James Gordon

Sheffield have signed USA full-back Corey Makelim until the end of 2019.

Makelim, 24, played for Mount Pritchard Mounties in 2017 and is a former Parramatta Eels junior.

He said:  “I’m really excited to join the Eagles and I can’t wait to get over to Uk and link up with the boys.”

“It’s been a tough start to the year for them but speaking with Mark (Offerdahl) and Josh (Toole) they said the mood in the camp is still good and the boys are positive that the first win is just around the corner.”

“Hopefully I’ll be over at Sheffield soon, earn my place in the squad and help get that first victory under our belts.”

“I’ve heard the atmosphere at the first game back in Sheffield was electric too so can’t wait to get started.”

Makelim played alongside new club mate Mark Offerdahl at the World Cup and will arrive in Sheffield subject to visa approval.

Sheffield are yet to win a game in the Championship this season, but are finally back at home in the city, playing at the new Olympic Legacy Park, the site of their new stadium development.

Eagles Director of Rugby Mark Aston added:

“I’m thrilled we’ve been able to add Corey to the squad. It’s been a long-draw out process so far with meeting criteria and immigration rules but hopefully Corey will be here very soon.”

“He’s a quality addition to the squad and will add some much needed spark to our attack going forward.”

“Speaking with Corey he is eager to get over here and that passion and motivation to play is what I want.”

“He had a great World Cup and I’m confident he will continue that great form with us and help us turn around our fortunes.”