Old boy back as Eagles start signing

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SHEFFIELD Eagles are set to announce their first new signings ahead of the 2012 season.

It will see the return of half-back Dominic Brambani from Dewsbury Rams and the signing of centre Duane Straugheir from York City Knights.

The return of Brambani from relegated Dewsbury Rams will fill the Eagles’ long-time need for an experienced half-back to partner Simon Brown.

Brambani was with Eagles in the 2007 and 2008 seasons, playing 51 games. After a spell in Australia he joined Dewsbury. Dewsbury coach Warren Jowett has accepted that Brambani will rejoin the Eagles. He said: “I’ve had two good seasons out of Dom, he’s been a good player for me.”

York boss Dave Woods said: “Sheffield have taken one of our best players in Duane.”

Straugheir joined York from Bradford Bulls this season. A tall, powerful runner, he would give options in the backs and the back row of the pack.

A third deal could see former centre Tangi Ropati returning to the club from Widnes Vikings. Ropati was signed by Widnes at the start of the season but was one of 13 players told last month they were not being offered new contracts when the Vikings move to Super League.