Bradford Bulls have named their squad for their clash against Leeds Rhinos on Sunday giving a debut to their new signing Josh Johnson.
Johnson joins after his release from Widnes Vikings and previously played Salford Red Devils, Hull KR and Huddersfield Giants. Speaking of former Huddersfield players, new skipper Michael Lawrence is absent once again after illness.
“We’re not going to risk anybody. Dec Patton will play this weekend, Michael Lawrence I’m not sure yet. He’s had an illness, it’s nothing to worry about. He’s got to tick some boxes for him to be selected like anybody. Although he is our club captain he, the same applies to him. He has to do things on the training field for us to select him.
“I’m certainly not going to risk him if he’s not 100% because that’s when you start to pick up soke niggly injuries. If I have to wrap Michael Lawrence up in cotton wool, then I will.
“He’s missed a couple of weeks of training that’s all. He’s had an illness and missed a couple of weeks of training.”
Meanwhile, former Leeds Rhinos duo Jack Walker and Bodene Thompson will both feature with Thompson making his debut.
Here is the squad in full:
Joe Arundel – Sponsored by The Pitchside Crew
Ben Blackmore – Sponsored In Memory of the Trotter Family
Chester Butler – Sponsored by Diane & John Butler
Max Clarke – Sponsored by Sandy and Richard Monro
George Flanagan Jr – Sponsored by 39 Steps Consulting
George Flanagan Sr – Sponsored by Captain Hornblower, Carol and Tony
David Foggin-Johnston – Sponsored by Dave Green and Anne Fish
Brad Foster – Sponsored by 1st Safari Thornton Lodge Nursery
Kieran Gill – Sponsored by John Hazell and William Shepherd
Marcus Green – Sponsored by Mary Dellman
Tom Holmes – Sponsored by HF Wealth
Josh Johnson – Available For Sponsorship
Myles Lawford – Sponsored by TrustFord Bradford
Jordan Lilley – Sponsored by 39 Steps Consulting
Jayden Myers – Sponsored by Yes Properties Ltd
Dec Patton – Sponsored by GH Premier Consultancy
George Roby – Sponsored by MRT Chemicals
Fenton Rogers – Sponsored by Saddleworth Holiday Lettings
Bodene Thompson – Sponsored by JL Osteopathy
Jack Walker – Sponsored by Stuart Readyhough @ Maclean and Co. Accountants
AJ Wallace – Sponsored by Martin, Ros and Ric Tonks