Sheffield Eagles boosted by signings

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Sheffield Eagles duo Rob Worrincy and Duane Straugheir have penned new full-time contracts with the club.

Winger Worrincy has agreed a one-year contract, whilst second rower Straugheir has committed to a two-year deal. Both played a major role in the Eagles’ success last season and will form a core group of players in the club as it becomes a full-time operation. With 11 players leaving, including several club stalwarts, the news will come as a boost to director of rugby Mark Aston.

“Both of them had great seasons so we are delighted” Aston said. “The way Duane ended the season made a real statement. He has been one of our most consistent performers, certainly at the back end of the campaign. He wants to carry on with the journey.”

Straugheir joined the club in 2012 and was part of the side that tasted back-to-back Grand Final success in 2012 and 2013. He played 25 times last season, despite having his season hampered by injury.

Worrincy re-joined the Eagles at the start of the 2015 campaign after a five-year stint with Halifax. He made 25 appearances last season for Aston’s side.

“When we brought Rob back here last season we told him we had two of the best wingers in the league in Scott Turner and Misi Taulapapa,” Aston added.

“He knew he had a fight on for a place but he was up for that. He fought hard to get into the team and made one of those shirts his own. We know what Rob can do here, he is a try scorer, he always has been and he always will. He did well last season which included two hat-tricks against his former club Halifax.”

Meanwhile, as revealed earlier by The Star, former Eagles’ star Dominic Brambani has completed a move to Batley Bulldogs. He is joined there by ex-Eagles Pat Walker and James Davey, whilst another member of last season’s squad, Tony Tonks, has sealed a move to Dewsbury Rams.