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Raiders sign Michael Bani

The Canberra Raiders are excited to announce the signing of former Manly Sea Eagles and North Queensland Cowboys flyer Michael Bani on a one year deal for 2012.
Raiders sign Michael Bani
by NRL

The Canberra Raiders are excited to announce the signing of former Manly Sea Eagles and North Queensland Cowboys flyer Michael Bani on a one year deal for 2012.

Bani's acquisition will add fantastic depth to the club's outside backs and in turn increase the competition for spots in first grade in several positions.

"He brings NRL experience to our outside backs which is what we're looking for. He'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," Player Recruitment Officer David Hamilton said.

As he has missed most of the pre-season, Bani will be based with the club's affiliate side, Mounties in the New South Wales Cup. He has already joined the squad for training and will look to press for a first grade position as the season progresses.

"I'm really happy to join the club; it's a fantastic opportunity for my career. I'm going to be starting with Mounties and I'll be taking the opportunity with two hands to work my way up to first grade."

"I started training with Mounties last night and I was surprised with how good the facilities were there. I'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."

Bani's manager, Sam Ayoub, is similarly happy about his client's decision to join the Raiders.

"I'm pleased that Michael has taken up the opportunity to join the Raiders. He's certainly a player with a wealth of experience and will certainly press for a first grade spot in the not too distant future."


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