Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Photo by Sheffield Eagles
Izaac Farrell spent a lot of his childhood in the Huddersfield Giants system, following in the footsteps of his father Anthony who also began his career at the club.
After making his Super League debut for Huddersfield in early 2019, Farrell would be released by the Giants.
While the 22-year-old was upset he had to leave the club he grew up playing for, this situation meant Farrell could explore new opportunities elsewhere.
“I was on loan to Workington for the rest of 2019 after coming back from an injury and wasn’t in the best shape but the game time I had there was valuable. I rang my agent at the time and he’d been speaking to the club and it came to a mutual agreement to release me from the club early so that I could play in the championship,” Farrell told Everything Rugby League.
“Obviously anybody who’d been at the club since 13 would feel disappointed but I thought this could be the turning point for me and my career.”
For the rest of 2019, the scrum-half played for the Rochdale Hornets, before Sheffield stand-off Pat Walker retired at the end of the season, opening up a spot at the Eagles for Farrell to take advantage of in 2020.
“After half a year at Rochdale I didn’t really have any options but Mark Aston sat down with me and told me how he sees the club going forward and how I can be involved in the team at the time, with me previously playing there [Sheffield] and my brother being there at the time it was really a no brainer that it was going to be the place I wanted to sign and try and really get back to my best rugby.”
His focus, for now, is to continue to impress at the Eagles in 2021; however, a return to the Super League or a move to the NRL is Farrell’s ultimate objective.
“That’s always been the plan since I left Huddersfield to get back to Super League and the NRL that’s a dream of course but for the time being I’m enjoying myself at Sheffield but yeah the main goal is to get back into Super League.”
The Sheffield Eagles have recently returned to training, with a big 2021 expected from the inaugural 1895 Cup Champions.