Sheffield Eagles' Matt Garside has joined London Broncos on a two-year deal from the 2015 season

Garside makes London Broncos switch

Garside makes London Broncos switch

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Sheffield Eagles centre Matt Garside has agreed to join London Broncos on a two-year deal from the 2015 season - becoming the 20th player to commit to the club ahead of next year.

The 23-year-old second row has joined the club on the recommendation of of incoming assistant coach, Andrew Henderson.

Having signed for the Eagles in 2013, Garside made nearly 50 appearances and scored 36 tries in two seasons in Yorkshire, appearing in the Grand Final of the Kingstone Press Championship in 2013.

Garside has previously turned out for York City Knights and Gateshead Thunder, whilst completing his studies at Northumbria University.

Speaking to the club's website, Garside said of his switch: "I'm really excited to be joining the club and starting the hard work to take us into a strong Championship season.

"It's a massive move for me and I am really happy that I have been given the opportunity to move down to London and become a full-time athlete.

"Joey's enthusiasm to help the club get back on the right side of results and create a new culture is something I am really looking forward to buying into and improving on from day-to-day."

Head coach Joey Grima said: "Matt will bring some great Championship experience to the Broncos and we look forward to welcoming him to the club for pre-season training.

"He came highly recommended by Andrew Henderson who had nothing but good things to say about his work ethic and professionalism." 

Speaking to the Eagles' website, head coach Mark Aston said the club could not stand in the way of full-time rugby.

“We’re sorry to see him go because over the last two years he has started to develop into a very good player," admitted Aston.

“It’s always sad to see someone leave but he goes with our best wishes. He’s going full-time which is the reason he has left; we’re not in a position to offer him that at the moment.

“He’s been a good performer for us and has transformed himself from a centre to a back-rower with try scoring ability."

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