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Championship Season Preview: Bradford Bulls

Back in the Championship after a year away, the Bradford Bulls supporters are looking forward to the season ahead.

The Bulls are currently on a roller-coaster ride and on their way back up to the top. They will want to keep rising as well. The Bulls now have a direction in which they want to go and they are not short of ambition as they do their best to get back into Super League.

Some critics have deemed Bradford good enough to get back-to-back promotions but I think they will fall just short.

There are a lot of ‘ifs and buts’ hanging over this Bulls squad. They have recruited well but the core of this seasons squad has remained the same as last year and they couldn’t win League One.

Three players who are apart of this core are Joe Keyes, Elliott Minchella and George Flanagan

Keyes failed to establish himself at London Broncos and played for Bradford at the end of the 2017 season as they were relegated.

Minchella is the Bull’s most dangerous player in the forward pack but when he last featured in the Championship he had largely-forgettable spells with London and Sheffield Eagles. However, he scored 33 tries in 29 games last season from the second-row and definitely returns to the second-tier as a better player than he was two years ago.

However, the John Kear has managed to bring him some extremely talented players to bolster his large squad further.

Jake Webster and Rhys Evans are the two major signings but also some loan signings have become permanent and the Bulls team is definitely one of the strongest in the league.

With the biggest squad in the competition, John Kear has a lot of work to do to keep his players happy but with the man management skills of the Wales Head Coach this shouldn’t be a problem.

Bulls fans have a reason to be excited this season and fingers crossed for them, they will make the top five.

Squad:

Ethan Ryan, Jake Webster, Ashley Gibson, Jy Hitchox, Joe Keyes, Dane Chisholm, Liam Kirk, Matty Wilde, Steve Crossley, Matty Garside, Elliot Minchella, Mikey Wood, Jordan Lilley, Callum Bustin, James Green, Ross Peltier, Sam Hallas, Jon Magrin, Brandon Pickersgill, George Flanagam, Dalton Grant, George Milton, David Foggin-Johnson, Connor Farrell, Ross Oakes, Rowan Milnes, Evan Hodgson, Matthew Storton, Oliver Wilson, Rhys Evans, Trae O’Sullivan.

INS:

Jake Webster (Castleford Tigers), James Green (Castleford Tigers), Jordan Lilley (Leeds Rhinos), Mikey Wood (Huddersfield Giants), Matty Wildie (Featherstone Rovers), Jy Hitchcox (Castleford Tigers), Connor Farrell (Featherstone Rovers), Rhys Evans (Leigh Centurions), Trae O’Sullivan (Keighley Cougars).

OUTS:

Jordan Andrade (Dewsbury Rams), Lee Smith (retired), Vila Halafihi (Hunslet), Reiss Butterworth (Huddersfield Giants), Harvey Burnett (Dewsbury Rams), Alex Brown (Dewsbury Rams), Daniel King (Dewsbury Rams).

PREDICTED LEAGUE FINISH – 5th

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