Bradford Bulls have announced the permanent signing of Jansin Turgut.
The 27-year-old begun a trial with the Bulls in March and featured in Reserves’ outings against Hull FC and St Helens alongside a first team debut against Midlands Hurricanes.
The towering forward is a former Hull FC and Salford Red Devils star and made his Super League debut for the Airlie Birds aged just 19 in 2015.
Turgut’s story is remarkable with the 27 year old facing life threatening injuries earlier in his career after falling off a parking lot which he later revealed was a suicide attempt.
Jansin has spoken of his pride at earning a permanent stay – insisting he is eager to work hard and enjoy playing again, in the red, amber and black of Bradford.
“I’m really happy, I’m proud of myself knowing that if I got the opportunity in that professional environment again, I will be able to produce the skills and ability I have and back doing what I could do before whilst training hard and staying fit,” said Turgut.
“My time with the club so far has been a really positive experience, the club, the staff, and all the players have been very welcoming. It’s a good group and that’s important, you have to enjoy your time otherwise it can turn from a hobby that you love to a job that you get paid to do. I’m happy and grateful for the opportunity.
“I remember being laid in Hull Royal Infirmary before after coming round from a month long coma and I hadn’t relearned how to walk again and I was laid there telling my family I will play rugby again, so I’d say I knew back then I had the mentally to achieve it in my mind but it was just a case of ticking all the boxes recovery and strength wise until I was physically able to do it. I got the all clear in 2021 and joined my local amateur team West Hull just to get back enjoying the sport and seeing what I felt like playing again.
“I worked hard, did my own preseason with help from Paul Hatton and I did some boxing training and kept my rugby skills sharp going down and training with West Hull. I wanted to take the next step so thought of some options and messaged one of the lads I know at Bradford to see if the coach would be interested. Me and Mark [Dunning] had a phone call and was happy to give me a trial and I told him I was willing to play reserves and do whatever it takes to earn a place in the 1st team.
“My aims are simple, get as much game time as I can whilst enjoying playing again. I enjoy playing attacking plays as a middle or backrow, doing the tough stuff in defence and working hard doing the detailed things and 1 percenters for the team.
“Rugby league fans are a special, special community and players really appreciate the support and time fans give to support them. It’s so valuable having loyal and supportive fans, win or lose and they stick by you is true support. I’ve had that support from my circumstance and I’m forever grateful for them, I truly am!