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Leeds Rhinos star joins rivals ahead of major transfer

Bradford Bulls have announced that Corey Johnson has joined the club on a season-long loan from Super League side Leeds Rhinos.

The 23-year-old, who can play at hooker or in the halves, has featured 25 times for Rohan Smith’s side since making his debut in 2019.

Johnson returns to the Bulls having previously made four appearances on dual registration across 2022 and 2023.

Bradford boss Eamon O’Carroll has spoken of his delight at the capture of Johnson – who he has admired from afar over recent years.

“It’s really pleasing to get Corey in, we have been in dialogue for some time and we knew it could be on the cards, he is a player I’ve admired for a number of years since being at Newcastle.

“He’s at the stage where he feels, and I do too, that he is ready to take that next step and play consistent rugby at a good level. Corey will add a utility value to us and also drive the standards we have set this year.

“It’s been no secret we are openly looking to recruit and add to our squad, we don’t feel we are set with numbers and depth so Corey adds to that.

“I am looking forward to working with him and I know he will add value to the group and the group will be happy with his contribution.”

Bradford Bulls set to make more major signings after arrival of Leeds Rhinos star

Corey Johnson has fallen down the pecking order at Leeds Rhinos and could seek a loan moan to earn playing time.

Johnson is one of two arrivals made in quick succession at Odsal with the club also bringing in former Love Island contestant Keanan Brand from Leigh Leopards on loan.

Brand is formerly of the Warrington Wolves and he and Johnson provide the Bulls with vital Super League experience and there should be more to come.

However, this may not be the last signing the Bulls will make in this period with reports from the Game Caller suggesting more bodies will be through the doors at Odsal including some potential outgoings with Leeds being liked with Daniel Okoro but Rugby League Live.

They have also reported that the Bulls could be set to make a signing from down under as well.

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