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Bradford Bulls announce centenary schedule

EVENTS to mark 100 years of rugby league in Bradford during 2007.

Deacon and Morrison lead Bulls

PAUL Deacon named Bradford 2007 Captain and Glen Morrison named 2007 Vice Captain.

Marcus Bai announces retirement

BRADFORD Bulls winger Marcus Bai has today announced his retirement from the game. Marcus joined the Bulls at the start of Super League XI after spending the previous two seasons with Leeds Rhinos. He had initially agreed a new one year contract extensi

Odsal Stadium gets a name change

BRADFORD Bulls and world leading home shopping company, Otto, have announced that they have entered into a partnership that sees the Odsal Stadium renamed as The Grattan Stadium, Odsal.

Meyers to leave Bulls at end of season

BRADFORD Bulls have today announced the capture of Parramatta Eels Back Row Forward Glenn Morrison on a two year contract for the 2007 and 2008 Super League seasons. Morrison, who weighs 98 kgs and stands at 188 centimetres, has played 194 games in the NRL scoring 58 tries and kicking 20 goals in a career that has seen him represent Balmain Tigers, North Sydney and the North Queensland Cowboys before joining his present club at the start of the 2005 season. Speaking today Glenn Morrison said of the move:?I?m very excited to be coming over to Bradford and playing in the English Super League. It?s a great club; World Champions and you can?t get much better than that! My family are really looking forward to it as well and as far as I am concerned it just can?t come around quick enough.? Bulls Coach Steve McNamara is delighted with his first signing for the club. ?Glenn is a fantastic acquisition for the Bulls and we have fought off a lot of clubs to secure his signature. I think he will quickly establish himself as a real favourite with both the players and the supporters.? The Bulls have also announced that former Brisbane Broncos Back Row Forward Brad Meyers has asked to be released from the last year of his contract and will return home to Australia at the end of the season.Meyers, who joined the club at the start of the 2005 season, has decided to leave for what he describes as ?personal reasons.? Meyers said: ?I have some responsibilities back home that I have to start taking but I have really enjoyed my stay at Bradford. I am really glad I came over and it?s been a part of my life I?ll never forget. It has also given me back my love of football and I wish the club every success in the future. Commenting on Meyers? departure, Steve McNamara said: ?Brad has made a huge contribution to the club over the past eighteen months and we are all sad to see home go. He has his personal reasons for wishing to return to Australia and we fully understand them. He has been a great servant to the Bulls and he leaves with all our best wishes for the future.?

Noble leaves, McNamara takes over at Bradford

SUPER League and World Club Champions, Bradford Bulls, have today announced that It is with regret that Brian Noble has asked to be released from his contract in order to pursue a new challenge with Wigan Warriors. The Board of Bradford Bulls wishes to record its sincere appreciation for Brian?s contribution to the Club both on and of the field for more than three decades, and for the unparalleled success he has brought to the Club during his time as Head Coach. The Club also wishes to make it clear that every effort was made by the Board and Chief Executive Gareth Davies to persuade Brian to see out the rest of his contract with the Bulls. However, it was Brian?s wish to leave at this time. In accordance with Bradford Bulls? policy of appointing its most senior coaching personnel from within, the Club is pleased to confirm the appointment of Steve McNamara as Head Coach, with immediate effect. * Steve McNamara will be available to talk to the Media in the Coral Stand at Odsal on Friday 21st April at 2.30pm.

Bulls announce WCC squad

SUPER League Champions, Bradford Bulls, have today announced a 19-man squad for the Carnegie World Club Challenge game against Wests Tigers.New signing Chris McKenna misses out through a hamstring injury and the Bulls could give debuts to Marcus Bai, Marcus St Hilaire and Stanley Gene. Michael Withers, Lesley Vainikolo, Joe Vagana and Stuart Fielden are seeking their third WCC win with the Bulls. All three were members of the sides that took the crown in 2002 v Newcastle Knights and 2004 v Penrith Panthers. Marcus Bai is looking for a hat trick of wins too. He was a member of the Melbourne Storm side that defeated St Helens in 2000 and played for Leeds last year against Canterbury Bulldogs. Karl Pryce is looking to emulate his brother who was a member of the successful Bulls sides in 2002 and 2004.The Squad is:Michael Withers, Marcus St Hilaire, Marcus Bai, Lesley Vainikolo, Shontayne Hape, Ben Harris, Paul Johnson, Jamie Langley, Karl Pryce, Paul Deacon, Iestyn Harris, Stanley Gene, Ian Henderson, Stuart Fielden, Andy Lynch, Joe Vagana, Brad Meyers, Matt Cook and Brett Ferres

Bulls plan strong side for pre-WCC game

SUPER League Champions Bradford Bulls were planning to play their full squad ahead of the Carnegie World Club Challenge in their weekend game against Hull KR, which is Robbie Paul?s testimonial game.Lesley Vainikolo and Paul Deacon will miss the game, together with Stanley Gene, knee and Chris McKenna, hamstring, but Brian Noble is keen to point out that supporters will see a very competitive game from the Bulls.?It is a really important game for us for two reasons. Firstly we need to say a fond farewell to Robbie Paul and place on record our thanks for the magnificent service he has given to both the club and the game over the past twelve years. He has had iconic status here and that is reflected in the people who are coming to play in his game, Henry Paul, Brian McDermott. James Lowes and Steve McNamara will all take part in the game at some stage.Secondly it is our last game before next week?s Carnegie World Club Challenge and it is a vital part of our build up. We will be fielding virtually our full WCC side and supporters will get a chance to see them in action ahead of next week?s game."After 11 years of loyal service to the club, the game will see Robbie Paul make his final appearance for Bradford Bulls at Odsal Stadium, before playing for Huddersfield Giants in 2006.Paul, who made his debut in the 1994?95 season, will play in a Bulls side that will include guest appearances by former stars such as Henry Paul, James Lowes, Brian McDermott and Steve McNamara.

Iestyn Harris to lead the Bulls in WCC

FORMER Leeds captain Iestyn Harris has been chosen to succeed Jamie Peacock as captain of Super League Champions, Bradford Bulls. The Bulls will have a new Captain and Vice Captain when they take on NRL Champions West Tigers in next Friday?s Carnegie World Club Challenge at the Galpharm Stadium.The Bulls have appointed Iestyn Harris as Captain with Paul Deacon being made Vice Captain. Stuart Fielden will take over the role of Club Captain.The Bulls made the announcement today at the Marks & Spencer store in the Owlcotes Centre, Pudsey when they unveiled their sponsorship with the leading retailer.Speaking about the announcement of the M & S sponsorship, Bulls Chief Executive, Gareth Davies said: ?We are really pleased to have the support of the staff at the Marks & Spencer Pudsey store and look forward to developing a long-term relationship with them.?Bulls Coach Brian Noble said:?The three people I have chosen for the roles are all natural leaders and can take the club forward. Iestyn proved last year, during the difficult first part of the season that he had leadership qualities and he will show them this year. Iestyn is the Captain but we have several players within the squad who can all lead by example and I am expecting them to do just that.Iestyn Harris said today:?I am absolutely delighted to be given the role of Bradford Bulls skipper. Captaincy is something I have always enjoyed doing and I hope I can bring something new for the side and bring more success to the club over the next few years. It is a great honour and I am looking forward to the challenge.?For further information about the Bradford Bulls, contact:Stuart Duffy Tel: 01274 762315M: 07966 171991

Bulls name squad for Giants clash

ENGAGE Super League Champions, Bradford Bulls, have named a strong squad for their pre Carnegie World Club Challenge Trial game against Huddersfield Giants on Sunday at the Galpharm Stadium.Coach Brian Noble said today:?We have just returned from an intense week of training in Lanzarote and the players are looking forward to the game. It will be the first opportunity for some of the new players to impress and stake a claim for the WCC game.It is a very important game for us ahead of what will be a difficult game against Wests Tigers. My information from Australia is that Wests Tigers are taking the game very seriously, so this will give us a chance to see where we are against a very good Huddersfield side.?Squad: Michael Withers, Marcus Bai, Shontayne Hape, Ben Harris, Dave Halley, Andy Smith, Karl Pryce, Iestyn Harris, Joe Vagana, Ian Henderson, Stuart Fielden, Brad Meyers, Chris McKenna, Paul Johnson, Adam Watene, Andy Lynch, Janie Langley, Brett Ferres, Matt Cook, Matty Brooks, Ryan Atkins.For further information contact:Stuart Duffy Tel: 01274 762315M 07966 171991

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