Centurion Eagles captain says 100 games is his most enjoyable moment for the club

Rugby league captain Matt James has said hitting 100 games for the Sheffield Eagles has been his most enjoyable moment for the team so far.

James, 32, hit the milestone in a 42-38 defeat against Leigh Centurions on Sunday. He joined the Eagles in 2016 and was made captain in his second season at the club.

James said: “It feels great. I’ve had a couple of testing seasons since I signed, but we’ve been having a great season this year and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. It’s probably the most enjoyable moment for me since I joined.

“I’ve just turned 32 and a lot of people say you don’t come into your prime as a prop forward until then, but I’m not so sure. Whether I’ve got another 100 games in me, I don’t know but I will keep training hard and leading this team to the best of my ability.”

James has scored 15 tries in his career at the Eagles, with two of them coming this season.

Head Coach Mark Aston said: “He’s a big character and the captain of the squad. He’s gotten better as he’s got older. He’s really important to how things are going and how we play as a team.”

The Eagles’ next fixture is in ten days time against James’ former club Barrow Raiders.

James said: “I had a great couple of years at Barrow, they’re no rollover team so it’s going to be a tough one and we’ll need to be on our A game to get something out of that one.”

The Eagles currently sit in third place in the Betfred Championship, four points behind Toulouse Olympique XIII and eight behind Toronto Wolfpack.

Reflecting on Eagles season so far, Mark Aston said: “We’ve lost four games against four good teams. We lost against Featherstone where discipline cost us, Toronto are one of the top teams in the competition and then against Halifax and Leigh. We were in control against Leigh on Sunday, but we lost through some inexperience and knowledge of the game.

“Overall, I’m happy. We’ve got a really strong group of players who know what we stand for as a club and a team.”

The Sheffield Eagles travel to Blackpool on May 19 for their clash at Bloomfield Road.

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