Sheffield Eagles have confirmed that 10 players will be leaving the club at the end of the current season.
Director of Rugby Mark Aston has been forced to cut a number of players from his squad, with several of his part-time players unable to give up their jobs as the club move to a full-time operation for next season.
Scott Turner, Sam Smeaton, Dominic Brambani, James Davey, Pat Walker, Tony Tonks, Jamie Langley and Eddie Battye will leave the club following the end of the Super 8s, whilst Loto Tagaloa and Ben Musolino will also depart after ending the season on loan at Doncaster.
Prop Battye has featured in every game this season, whilst centre Smeaton has missed just one match as the Eagles enjoyed a stellar season finished third behind Leigh and Bradford, both of which are full-time.
It will be an emotional departure for scrum-half Brambani who will be ending a long association which started in 2007, spanning over two spells.
“This has been probably the most difficult time of my coaching career so far,” Aston told The Star.
“There are players leaving like Dominic Brambani who have been around the place for six years. It is tough when you are saying goodbye to players who have been an integral part of the club’s development. The last three or four weeks have been particularly tough for me because I have got a lot of respect for these guys, and when you have to deliver bad news it is not a good feeling.
“Somebody is going to pick up some good players; there is no doubt about that. We have to write the next chapter in Sheffield Eagles’ history, but we will always be able to look back with fond memories.”
The likes of Michael Knowles, Cory Aston, Steve Thorpe and Keal Carlile remain under contract after securing new deals at the start of the season.
There has been no confirmation yet over the futures of Menzie Yere, Quentin Laulu-Togagae, Misi Taulapapa, Rob Worrincy, Duane Straugheir, John Davies, Dave Petersen and Kyle Briggs.
More news is expected on the above players in the coming weeks as the club return to action this Sunday away at Leigh Centurions.
with four more games of the season remaining.