The Championship has seen plenty of big signings ahead of the 2023 campaign with World Cup internationals, Super League youngsters and also Super League veterans signing up and Michael Lawrence fits the latter of those three categories.
A Huddersfield Giants’ legend, the 32-year-old Lawrence will call somewhere other than the John Smith’s Stadium his home for the first time in his 15-year career.
Signing on at a Bradford side that have shown ambition in the off-season, particularly with the signing of talented youngster Brad Walker, Lawrence joins a team that is desperate to reverse their fortunes from 2022.
A ninth placed finish in the Championship arguably isn’t good enough for the fans that pack into Odsal week-in-week-out and Lawrence has stated his intentions to lift the squad and lead from the front having been granted the number 10 shirt and the captaincy.
“Whether I was captain or not I’m the type of person to be the same no matter what,” Lawrence said in a TikTok video shared by the Championship side.
“On the field I’m always very vocal, off the field I’m very vocal and if I see something that I don’t agree with or I see something that we can be doing better I’ll always be the first to voice that.”
👊 | The leader of the pack.
— Bradford Bulls (@OfficialBullsRL) January 11, 2023
Lawrence joins a squad with plenty of experience, be it Super League or Championship, with a squad that comprises of former Warrington Wolves talent Dec Patton operating as the number six.
The experienced George Flanagan Sr will take up the hooker role whilst his son, George Flanagan Jr, has been granted the 26 shirt as he returns on loan following his Super League switch to join Lawrence’s former team Huddersfield.
With the Championship seeing teams like Featherstone strengthen all over, Keighley add former Man of Steel Luke Gale as well as the return of Toulouse Olympique following their relegation from Super League it’s sure to be a keenly contested campaign in the second tier.