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Bradford Bulls sign cousin of England star and ex-Huddersfield Giants prop

Bradford Bulls have confirmed that they have signed 18-year-old Jacob Bateman with the teenager becoming the latest Academy graduate to sign a professional contract with the club.

It was announced that Batemen had penned the two-year deal last night as the Championship club hosted a fan forum to provide an update on how the club was faring at the mid-point of the season, whilst also looking ahead to next season.

The club are certainly looking to the future with the new two-year deal for Bateman, cousin of former Bradford Bulls man and current NRL star John Bateman, with the 18-year-old viewed as one of the club’s rising prospects.

Bateman debuted for the Bulls back in May when he featured against Sheffield Eagles and the club are incredibly excited about the future of the second-rower who is 12 years younger than his more famous cousin, who also began his career at Odsal in 2011.

He would go on to make 35 appearances for the Bulls at the start of a sparkling career that has seen him represent Wigan Warriors over 175 times in two spells, as well as two spells in the NRL.

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Bradford Bulls sign cousin of England star

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It’s a major boost for Bradford Bulls to be able to retain their young talent as opposed to serve as a selling club and in Jacob Bateman, they’ve got a player who they are seemingly very excited about.

The club confirmed his re-signing via their website with an official statement where they labelled him as one of the “stars of the future” with head coach Eamon O’Carroll praising the work of the the club’s junior pathway system.

O’Carroll said: “It’s brilliant and hopefully there’s many more to come, there is a young, exciting group coming through who are even younger than Jacob, the staff including Ryan Hunkin, Glenn Morrison, Martyn Oxbury and Jonathan Schofield are doing a fantastic job with our younger players,” said O’Carroll, who is sponsored by M & S Combustion Ltd.

“I am really pleased for Jacob, he comes from a good family, I have met his father and grandfather on a number of occasions, and I think this is the best place for him to develop on and off the field.

“We want to be a part of that journey to help him along, he is desperate to play for Bradford which is fantastic and hopefully there are many more to follow him.”

The Bulls also confirmed that they had signed Nathon Mason, former Huddersfield Giants prop, for 2025 with the 30-year-0ld returning after a brief loan spell in 2023.

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