Bradford Bulls boss opens up on losing star to Super League side despite offering him an improved deal

Before Christmas Huddersfield Giants delivered their fans an early present as they announced the signing of teenage sensation George Flanagan Jr from Bradford Bulls for an undisclosed fee.

The teenage full-back/half has impressed in 2022, breaking his way into the Bradford Bulls first-team at the age of just 17, after a number of superb performances in the Academy and Reserves.

The signing marks a huge statement for the Giants, as they beat off competition for one of the game’s hottest talents to secure George to a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

George also possesses goal-kicking ability which saw him kick over 50 points in 2022 for the Reserves and Academy combined.

Flanagan Jr will stay with Bradford during 2023, playing alongside his farther George Flanagan, but will train with the Giants throughout the year as he transitions into a full-time environment, he will join the club on December 1st 2023 in preparation for 2024.

Speaking on this to Bulls TV, Bradford boss Mark Dunning noted his disappointment but understanding why Flanagan left as he revealed the Bulls offered him a new improved deal.

He said:

“Yeah I’m as disappointed as anyone to see him leaving, one of the first things we did was to other George and others new contracts. George has a burning ambition to go to a full time environment and an opportunity arose at Huddersfield. He knows has a short career.

“We offered him a new contract, but he felt it was right to accept the offer from Huddersfield. We don’t like it but we understand it.”

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