Bradford Bulls and Halifax Panthers set to make crucial signings

The merry-go-round of transfers is set to continue until well into 2023 for next season with clubs determined to get their recruitment right.

That recruitment for 2023 could be the difference between staying in the Championship and getting promoted to Super League, and, for the Bradford Bulls and Halifax Panthers, that is imperative.

Well, with Bradford enduring a difficult season in which they have finished outside the top six play-offs meaning Championship rugby league is guaranteed for 2023, recruitment will start in earnest with as many as 16 expected to leave the Odsal outfit.

With as many as that leaving, of course, the Bulls will need to bring in a number of players and head coach Mark Dunning told Bradford reporter The Game Caller that three recruits will be named at the start of next week.

“Bradford have got three signings that will get announced this coming week and that was from Mark Dunning yesterday,” The Game Caller said on The Full Eighty Minutes podcast.

Meanwhile, Halifax have enjoyed yet another stellar season in the Championship this year, qualifying for the play-offs with ease whilst they may well be capable of beating Featherstone Rovers in a one-off game.

And, the Panthers are set to bring in more signings.

“Halifax have got external players coming in whether or no they get announced imminently we don’t know.”

Halifax have made some key signings in recent seasons such as Louis Jouffret and Titus Gwaze who have been increasingly important for Simon Grix and their Super League aspirations.

If Leigh Centurions earn promotion to Super League as most people predict will happen, the 2023 Championship season is likely to be much more level, with Featherstone set to be the main threat for a potential promotion push from those outside those two clubs.

And, Halifax would certainly cause some damage.

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