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Leigh Leopards star joins new club at start of new season

Leigh Leopards' Keanan Brand is about to kick the ball at Stade Gilbert Brutus

Bradford Bulls have announced the signing of centre Keanan Brand on an initial two-week loan from Super League outfit Leigh Leopards.

Brand, 25, made his professional debut for Widnes Vikings in 2019 before going on to be nominated for the Betfred Championship Young Player of the Year.

A short stint at Warrington Wolves preceded a temporary move to the Leigh Sports Village, with that move becoming permanent for the 2022 season. Brand scored 13 tries in 23 appearances for Adrian Lam’s side.

Bradford Bulls Head Coach Eamon O’Carroll said: “It’s really pleasing to be able to bring in someone of Keanan’s ability. He will add some much-needed depth to our squad.

“Keanan is a competitor, who has a great skill set and ability to break the line but more importantly when I spoke with him, he expressed his excitement about joining us on loan.

“I’d like to thank Adrian Lam, Derek Beaumont and Chris Chester for allowing Keanan to join the Bulls. I look forward to working with Keanan for a 2nd time round and along with the rest of the staff, helping him develop further.”

Leigh Leopards issue statement on departure

Leigh Leopards have also confirmed the short term move issuing the following statement: “Leigh Leopards can confirm that Keanan Brand has joined Bradford Bulls on an initial two week loan spell.

“The Betfred Championship side open their league programme on 15 March at Wakefield Trinity but are in AB Sundecks 1895 Cup quarterfinal action at home to Swinton Lions on Sunday.

“Formerly with Widnes Vikings and Warrington Wolves Brand, 25, was a member of the Vikings side which reached the final of the 1895 Cup in 2019.”

On top of this, Leigh Leopards’ Head of Rugby Chris Chester said: “This is a good opportunity for Keanan to get some good quality game time.”

The Leopards themselves have confirmed a short term loan signing in the shape of Brad Dwyer from the Warrington Wolves.

The Wolves meanwhile have seen the likes of Matty Russell and Joe Bullock leave the club on other short term loan moves to Hull FC as they deal with suspensions and injuries mounting at the club.

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