Departing Dominic Brambani says he will be forever grateful to Sheffield Eagles director of rugby Mark Aston for giving him a career in rugby league.
Brambani is one of 10 players who will be released at the end of the season, ending a six-year stint with the club over two spells which included two Grand Final victories in 2012 and 2013.
The Eagles will be going full-time next season, and due to work commitments the 30-yerar-old was not in a position to commit his long-term future to the club.
The former Dewsbury operator hailed his coach, Aston, for giving him the opportunity to play for the Eagles, claiming he was picked up off the floor at the lowest point of his career.
“Tubbs (Aston) has been a massive influence on my career,” Brambani told The Star. “He brought me to Sheffield in 2006 when I was probably at one of my lowest points in my career. I didn’t have a club to play for and he took a chance on me by bringing me to Sheffield.”
The Bradford-born playmaker returned to the Eagles in 2012 after a spell in Australia and short stay with Dewsbury and featured in a a golden period in the history of the club as Aston’s side recorded back-to-back Grand Final successes.
“He (Aston) did a lot of work with me and helped my game,” Brambani continued.
“I then decided to go to Australia and when I came back to England I really should have re-signed straight away but I went to Dewsbury.
“He brought me back again in 2012 and we had two Grand Final wins, which are memories that I will have for the rest of my life. It was a fantastic time.”
It is expected that Brambani will sign for Batley Bulldogs next season.