Mark Dunning says he will be scouting Leeds Rhinos players to see what they could bring to his squad

Bradford Bulls take on Leeds Rhinos tomorrow in an exciting return of a beloved fixture we no longer get to see in Super League following Bradford’s relegation in 2014.

Gone are the days when the two contested consecutive Grand Finals and now the Bulls are even Leeds’ dual registration partners.

This is why Mark Dunning will be keeping an eye on the Leeds players involved to assess what they can bring to his squad in 2023.

He said:

“Yeah, I’ll be watching them, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t but I’ll be focused first on our boys because they have earnt the right to wear the shirt. I have been really honest with the guys about the dual reg partnership.”

This came as he confirmed the Bulls could add more signings:

“We have the irons in the fire of bringing people in. But they have the shirts right now. I’ll only bring in someone who I think makes us better.”

Since then, the Bulls have added former Super League man Josh Johnson as they wait for another signing to arrive in the country in the shape of World Cup Star Keven Appo.

Dunning confirmed that Appo was no closer to arriving in the UK:

“He’s no closer. I spoke to Kev by text on Wednesday morning. He’s literally waiting for someone to stamp a piece of paper so he can jump on the paper.

“It’s out of our control. There’s no point in us getting stressed about it. As soon as he gets that piece of paper in his hand he’ll be on the next plane to sunny West Yorkshire.”

He did however say he wouldn’t be automatically written out of their season opener against Whitehaven:

“He would have to come and tick some boxes first. Nobody is guaranteed anything in this team anymore which wasn’t the case last year.

“There is competition across the field. It creates competition and work ethic.

“We’ll wait to see him and will welcome him with open arms. Just from talking to him, he is a fantastic bloke and a fluent English speaker.

“We’ll get him in and settle him in.

“He has been training hard over there. He is ready to go. He looks in good nick.

Keven is coming over here, we’ve not thrown daft money at him. He’s coming here because he wants to come here and he wants to play for Bradford Bulls.

“He had offers from elsewhere in the English game but decided that the Bradford Bulls were right for him.

“That’s part of culture we are building for the club.”

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