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Former Leeds Rhinos youngster and Bradford Bulls man to bring “experience” to Australian side in 2023

Born in Leeds, Sam Hallas unsurprisingly came through the Leeds Rhinos academy after playing for Stanningley, the same club that produced Jamie Peacock and Jame Jones-Buchanan.

The hooker / loose-forward made his Leeds debut in 2016 and made four appearances for the club prior to a loan switch to Bradford Bulls in 2017.

However, he impressed at Odsal signing a permanent deal with the former Super League Champions having become a fan favourite.

Going into 2022 he had a chance to go pro with Newcastle Thunder and joined Bradford’s Championship rivals.

Despite signing a two-year deal, Hallas was soon back in Bradford after an off-field opportunity opened up for him which saw him return to part-time rugby and subsequently to Bradford.

However, he is now headed to Australia with the Newcastle Herald confirming that he is a “new recruit” at the Kurri Kurri Bulldogs and that coach Aaron Watts believes his “experience” will be vital to the Bulldogs moving forward into the 2023 campaign.

The Bulldogs are located in Newcastle and are semi-pro operating in the Newcastle league and that is where Hallas is set to play in 2023.

At the end of last season, he took to Twitter to reflect on the last year: “Tough old year, ups and downs and all that. But nevertheless, enjoyed my time with both Newcastle Thunder and Bradford Bulls and excited to see what new challenges next season brings.”

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