Sheffield Eagle's Andrew Henderson grateful as Knights step in to host testimonial

Andrew Henderson scores against York for Sheffield in the 2012 Championship season – the year the Eagles won their first of back-to-back titles

Andrew Henderson scores against York for Sheffield in the 2012 Championship season – the year the Eagles won their first of back-to-back titles

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ANDREW HENDERSON has been quick to thank York City Knights for staging tomorrow’s match against Sheffield – and is hoping for a big turnout from both home and away supporters.

The 34-year-old hooker – and television pundit – was granted a testimonial for services to rugby league but his Eagles club could not stage it this pre-season as their new Owlerton home will not be up to scratch until they open their Championship campaign next week.

York stepped in to help out, with all gate receipts from tomorrow’s game going into his pot, although the Knights will still benefit financially from bar takings.

Henderson – who was born in Devon, grew up in Australia and plays internationally for Scotland along with brothers Kevin and Ian – has been with the Eagles since 2010. He previously played for Barrow, Balmain Tigers down under, Castleford and Gateshead.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to the game. It’s fantastic to be recognised in this fashion by the sport with a testimonial. It’s unfortunate it can’t be played in Sheffield and I’m really grateful to York for offering to play at their place.

“I hope the Sheffield fans will travel in numbers and support me and the team in our first fixture of the year.

“It’ll be two full-strength teams a week away from the start of our season and the last chance of game time.”

After the match, Henderson will be auctioning the Scotland shirt he wore in their win over the USA in the 2013 World Cup that took the Bravehearts into the quarter-finals.

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