Three ‘gems’ switch to Bulldogs from Eagles

Batley's new signing Dominic Brambani has kicked 497 goals during his career, including 301 for Sheffield Eagles.
Batley's new signing Dominic Brambani has kicked 497 goals during his career, including 301 for Sheffield Eagles.
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Batley Bulldogs have swooped to capture the signings of three highly rated Sheffield Eagles players as they build towards 2016.

Batley acted swiftly to bring Dominic Brambani, Patch Walker and John Davey to Mount Pleasant after the Eagles announced their intention to go full-time.

Brambani is regarded as one of the most prolific goalkickers in Championship rugby and has spent six seasons, in two spells, at the Eagles.

He also had a stint at Dewsbury Rams and the 30-year-old Bradford-born scrum half has landed 497 goals during his career.

He helped Sheffield to two Championship Grand Final victories, including the 19-12 win over the Bulldogs in 2013, and has amassed 661 points in his last three seasons with the South Yorkshire outfit.

Walker, 29, began his career with local amateur side Shaw Cross Sharks before moving into the professional game with Dewsbury and then enjoying a successful spell with Sheffield.

Walker is also an accomplished goalkicker, who can play stand-off or at loose forward.

Davey has experience in the full-time environment with Wakefield and the hooker has played 82 games in three seasons Sheffield.

Bulldogs chairman Kevin Nicholas is confident the trio will help the Bulldogs challenge next season.

Mr Nicholas said: “We are very excited by our prospects for 2016 and believe we have signed three gems.

“We are determined to significantly improve next year which is why we quickly moved to secure their services once we knew they were not prepared to go full time with Sheffield.”

Mr Nicholas also thanked supporters group BISSA, whose funds have helped bring them to the club.