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Lowes boosts Bulls numbers

Bradford Bulls coach James Lowes put the finishing touches to his backroom staff and announced five more signings ahead of their 2015 Championship campaign at a fans' forum last night.

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St Helens prop Paul Clough, who has spent most of the 2014 Super League season on loan at Widnes, heads the latest list of new faces, which takes the Bulls' total number of signings to 14 and Lowes' squad up to 29. Clough, 26, a former Grand Finalist with Saints, has signed a two-year deal.

"Paul is another fantastic signing for the club," Lowes said. "I think he will be a real leader for us in the pack next season, while offering a lot of guidance for some of our younger guys."

Bradford have also signed centre or second rower Jean Philippe-Baile from Catalan Dragons, prop Samir Tahraoui from Whitehaven and utility forward Lucas Walshaw from Wakefield while second rower Jay Pitts has agreed a two-year deal to make his move from Hull permanent following a loan spell.

Walshaw and Tahraoui have also agreed two-year contracts, while Baile has signed a one-year deal with an option of a second season at the Provident Stadium.

Meanwhile, club captain Matt Diskin, who is to retire at the end of the season, has been appointed as the club's Under-19s coach while former Featherstone head coach John Bastian joins the Bulls as head of youth and the the club have recruited England's strength and conditioning coach Gary Dempsey.


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Promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed doctors have given Brook the all-clear to fight again as early as February - raising hopes of a domestic welterweight showdown.

Brook won the IBF version of the crown from Shawn Porter and was set to make his first defence in December before the stabbing incident earlier this month.

Allam reveals Hull City is up for sale

The Hull City chairman Assem Allam today revealed the club is up for sale and has been since April.

During a press conference at the KC Stadium Dr Allam said he would be appealing an FA decision not to allow him to change the name of the club to Hull Tigers.

Dr Allam has always said changing would give the club a massive financial boost and warned he would sell if his plans were rejected. Fiona Dwyer reports


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The Leader of Hull City Council, Councillor Stephen Brady said:

“I listened to Dr Allam’s statement with interest, particularly the suggestion that an offer was made to purchase the freehold tenancy of the KC Stadium.

"Without wanting to be drawn into public debate with Dr Allam, the City Council has never received such an offer from Dr Allam or his associates.

"Whilst it was touched upon in discussion, it has never been discussed in any great detail, and certainly not with the result of a formal offer being made by Dr Allam.”

Powell to take game at a time as reign begins

Chris Powell will be thrown in to the deep end as Huddersfield Town boss with three games in a week to kick off his tenure.

The Terriers play at home to Middlesborough on Saturday, Wigan on Tuesday and away against Yorkshire rivals Leeds United next week.

After offering him a game, Powell told Chris Dawkes he was only looking as far ahead as the next game:

Redfearn not out of running for Leeds job

Leeds United's caretaker head coach Neil Redfearn has refused to rule himself out of getting the job full time.

Academy boss Redfearn, who is in his third spell in temporary charge of the Whites, has been in temporary charge of the first team since David Hockaday was sacked just under two weeks ago.

Redfearn's first game was a 1-0 victory over Bolton:

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