Michael Lawrence reveals Leeds Rhinos duo and ex-Wigan Warriors coach were key in move to Bradford Bulls

Michael Lawrence’s 15 year spell as a Huddersfield Giants player has come to an end.

He has left the club for Bradford Bulls on a two year deal.

He is the latest of a number of major signings for the club including Leeds Rhinos double coup Jack Walker and Bodene Thompson.

Lawrence has revealed that these signings along with a conversation with former Wigan Warriors boss Brian Noble led to the move.

He said: “I am really excited – I had a good meeting earlier this week with Brian Noble and I have spoken with Mark and I am really excited about the direction the club is travelling in and I want to be a part of that for the next two years. On a personal level, it is a step out of the comfort zone into a different environment having been at Huddersfield for 15 years.

“I reached a stage where I felt I needed a new challenge and a new environment, Brian and Mark had a lot of things to say that were really positive, this is a club with a massive history, I grew up watching them in the late 90s/early 00s when they were the best club in the world. This is a famous club and I am looking forward to getting started.

“I want to continue playing great rugby, I want to contribute on the field and to contribute to the environment. With the leadership qualities I have developed having captained Huddersfield at 13 and been in the leadership group since, that experience I have had can help the younger players and help build a great culture – and a winning culture too.

“The players that have come in have excited me, Bodene has massive experience, Jack Walker is a great player and in the spine there’s Tom (Holmes), Jordan Lilley and Dec (Patton) so it has all the ingredients to be successful, I wanted to be a part of that and I think I can contribute.

“The Bradford fans have always been a very vocal, passionate group – I have always loved playing at Odsal so to have them on side will be great, I am looking forward to getting out there, you will see I work hard in the way I play. I look forward to getting started, ripping in and making a positive contribution.”

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