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Bradford Bulls recruitment latest

Bradford Bulls have been steadily building since the end of the 2021 Championship season in a bid to improve upon their disappointing campaign.

The West Yorkshire club finished fifth with 12 wins from 20 games, but failed to make any inroads in the play-offs in an attempt to get to the Million Pound Game.

But, head coach John Kear and the board have been doing their best to rectify some of the problems witnessed during 2021.

“We’re putting the best team we can together – our owners have given us a budget that we can afford to spend,” Mark Dunning – Bradford’s assistant coach – told West Yorkshire Radio Rugby League.

“It’s a budget that isn’t going to put the club in financial difficulty that it has been in before and then it’s our job to build a squad that we believe can compete.”

Despite the uncertainty surrounding the game’s structure heading into the 2022 season, Dunning is confident that Bradford will be able to shock a few next year.

“We’re just planning to be the best Bradford Bulls we can be and then we will be ok.

“We want to concentrate on ourselves and concentrate on our own goals and we’re homing in on what we can control which is getting the players in the right mental and physical state to have a real assault on the league next year.”

Bradford have brought eight in to the club heading into 2022, with the likes of Ryan Millar, Kieran Gill and Elliott Hall all coming through the doors at Odsal, though Dunning explained why such a turnaround is sometimes not so good.

“Sometimes it’s good and sometimes not so good, sometimes you lose players you want to keep and other times players need to move on for themselves and the club.

“Rugby league is difficult to tie people down to long-term deals, we’ve looked to do two-year deals rather than one which is a big shot in the arm for the leadership of the club.

“There’s going to be some announcements in the coming days and weeks.

“There will be additions across the board and we’ve actually captured a number of young exciting prospects from Super League clubs that haven’t been retained.”

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