HALF-BACK Dominic Brambani is returning to Sheffield Eagles in what coach Mark Aston sees as a key signing for next season.
The importance attached to the deal sees Brambani given a three-year contract to help lure him away from Dewsbury Rams.
With Simon Brown expected to agree a new deal soon it will link two of the players with the best kicking game in the Championship.
“The fans know Dom. He’s got a great kicking game and a great attitude and knows what this club is all about,” said Aston. “With Simon Brown we will have a great half-back partnership.
“I tried to sign Dom last year after we lost Brendon Lindsay.”
Brambani, 26, joined Eagles in 2007 after spells at Castleford and Halifax, playing 52 games over two seasons. After a year in Australia he signed for Dewsbury at the start of the 2010 season.
The signing will end a frustrating season in which Aston has struggled to find an established half-back partner for Brown. Loan player Kyle Wood did the job for a time with Dane McDonald taking over in the second half of the season.
Aston is convinced the Brambani-Brown partnership will be a success and he says supporters can expect more than just good kicking for position.
“You can’t have enough kickers in the team,” he said. “We heavily relied on Simon in the past season but having two outstanding field kickers in the team will be great.
“But I want Simon and Dom to take the line on and that’s something we will be working on with them in pre-season. You have to be able to isolate defenders and get one-on-ones for your ball runners – that’s something we have identified as an area we need to improve on.They are great characters and I’m sure we have two of the best half-backs in the competition.”