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Brian Noble and Rohan Smith play important roles in the transfer of Leeds Rhinos forward Bodene Thompson to Bradford Bulls

Bodene Thompson has revealed that Brian Noble and Rohan Smith played a huge part in convincing him to sign for Bradford.

The 34-year-old has signed a one-year deal with the Bulls after helping Leeds Rhinos reach the Super League Grand Final at the end of last season.

Revealing more about his reasons for signing, Thompson explained how he was unsure if he would return home after the conclusion of the 2022 campaign.

“It’s such a proud moment for me and my family to have my future sorted and sign for a historic club in Bradford Bulls,” Thompson told the club’s website.

“We didn’t know if we were going to stay here but after speaking with Brian (Noble) and Rohan (Smith), my mind was made up where I wanted to go.

“I’m really excited to get going here and see what it’s all about, the club has such a proud history and I’m excited to be a part of the next chapter.”

Thompson also referenced the dominant Bulls teams of the noughties as another attraction to taking up the contract at Odsal.

“When I was in the NRL, I remember Bradford being one of the dominant forces in Rugby League,” he explained.

“They still get good crowds and that attracted me to this club, the history and fanbase really attracted me to this club.

“I can’t wait to get started and work with Mark (Dunning) and all of the lads and get to know them all.

“I want to help the younger lads with my experience in the game and help them to learn, ensure that they’re always backing themselves and playing without fear.

“I’m sure that I’ll be bringing my experience to this squad, with featuring in Grand Finals and the lessons I’ve learnt in Super League, but also with playing in the Championship previously, I know all about this league.

“My message to the fans would be, that I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to play for such a historic club and I’ll always wear my heart on my sleeve and never let them down.”

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