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Last Updated: Thursday, 22 June 2006, 10:09 GMT 11:09 UK
Dragons net USA duo and Scot prop
Mike Hercus
Hercus (pictured) will link up with USA Eagles colleague Emerick
Newport Gwent Dragons have signed fly-half Mike Hercus from Llanelli Scarlets and fellow USA Eagles back Paul Emerick from Overmach Parma.

They arrive on two-year deals at Rodney Parade with Glasgow's English-born, Scottish qualified prop Lee Harrison.

Hercus, 27, moved from Sale on a two-year deal last summer, but Stephen Jones' return to Stradey froze him out.

The Dragons, who are also looking to recruit an open-side flanker, have parted company with Lee Hinton.

The full-back arrived on a two-year deal from Bedford last summer, but failed to make a major impression and has left by mutual consent.

Emerick, 26, who specialises at centre but can cover full-back and wing, scored the late try that sealed the Dragons' 24-15 Heineken Cup play-off defeat by Overmach Parma on 2 June.

Paul Emerick
Emerick got the try that sealed the Dragons' Heineken Cup fate

"We've signed three players to bring strength to the squad who are all good acquisitions," Dragons coach Paul Turner told the South Wales Argus.

"We're delighted to secure their services and with the increased competition for places.

"They are skilful and athletic players and will be effective in all the competitions we play in.

"Mike and Paul have known one another for some time and should form an effective partnership.

"They have just finished playing for the Eagles in the Churchill Cup."

Specialist tight-head Harrison, 28, will ease the burden on new Wales cap Rhys Thomas, Chris Anthony having retired with a neck injury.

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