The Canberra Raiders have strengthened their back-line depth, after announcing the signing of former Manly Sea Eagles and North Queensland Cowboys winger Michael Bani, on a 1-year deal.
Bani brings experience to the club, and will increase the heated competition for spots in the Raiders back-line.
David Hamilton, who is the Player Recruitment Officer at the Raiders said:
â€œHe brings NRL experience to our outside backs which is what weâ€™re looking for. Heâ€™s got speed to burn and more than enough ability to put pressure on the other players in his positions which is what we need here.”
Bani is likely to be based with the Raiders feeder side, Mounties, who play in the NSW Cup – but he has joined the squad in training, and will be looking to cement a first-grade spot at the club.
â€œIâ€™m really happy to join the club; itâ€™s a fantastic opportunity for my career. Iâ€™m going to be starting with Mounties and Iâ€™ll be taking the opportunity with two hands to work my way up to first grade.â€
â€œI started training with Mounties last night and I was surprised with how good the facilities were there. Iâ€™m really looking forward to this season as I was unfortunate last year with injuries and the pressures of living away from my family who were based in Sydney.â€
Bani’s agent, Sam Ayoub, is pleased with his client’s decision to head to the nation’s capital.
â€œIâ€™m pleased that Michael has taken up the opportunity to join the Raiders. Heâ€™s certainly a player with a wealth of experience and will certainly press for a first grade spot in the not too distant future.â€