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Iestyn Harris to Bradford
Dual-code international Iestyn Harris has confirmed his intention to return north to Bradford.
The former Leeds and Great Britain full-back or stand-off, who switched codes with Cardiff three years ago, has decided to trigger the opt-out clause in his contract to return to Super League.
Although Leeds have first option on his services, reigning champions Bradford Bulls are thought to have agreed a three-year deal for the 28-year-old.
The Oldham-born Harris has not revealed his destination but is thought to have recently bought a house in Todmorden, on the Yorkshire-Lancashire border.
And, speaking for the first time since speculation mounted over his future, Harris says he took the decision to return north before going on holiday two weeks ago.
In a statement issued through his solicitor, he said: "For primarily family reasons, I have recently reached the difficult decision to return home to the North West.
"I have greatly enjoyed my time with Cardiff and Wales and am proud to have been part of rapidly-improving teams at both levels. I have no doubt that I am also a better rugby player for my time in Wales.
"However, Cardiff asked me a couple of months ago about my future plans and at that time I had made no decision.
"I, therefore, agreed to give them clarity once I had had time to think things through.
"I want to wait until we hear back from Wales and Cardiff before confirming my future plans. Not least because I have had no personal issues with either. Once this process has been concluded, I'll be able to clarify what the future holds."