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Bulls sign Fleming in preparation for Championship

Castleford front-row forward Dan Fleming has become Bradford's first new signing for their Championship campaign.

Dan Fleming is the Bull's first signing
Dan Fleming is the Bull's first signing Credit: Bradford Bulls

The 22-year-old Wales international has signed a two-year deal with the relegated Super League club and will join them at the end of the season.

Dan is a talented young forward with bags of potential and we are delighted to have him on board. I believe he can have a good future here at the Bulls. He certainly has all of the necessary attributes to go far. He has had experience as an international and in the Super League and Championship, which will prove very beneficial.

– James Lowes, Bradford Bulls coach

Fleming, a former Bulls scholarship player who joined Castleford from Halifax, has been playing on a dual-registration at York after making just four substitute appearances in Super League this year.

I would like to wish Dan all the best in his future career. He has been a pleasure to work with and I am confident he will continue to mature into a quality prop in the future. His opportunities would have been limited next season and playing in the Championship whilst remaining full-time is perfect for Dan.

– Daryl Powell, Castleford Tigers coach

Fleming is the first new face for the Bulls, who have also announced the re-signing of current players Lee Gaskell and Dale Ferguson.


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Williams joins Bulls on loan

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Bradford have signed Salford winger Danny Williams on a one-month loan deal. The 27-year-old winger has made the move in time to be considered by Bulls coach James Lowes for their First Utility Super League encounter against Catalan at Odsal on Sunday.

Williams, who has scored three tries in nine appearances for the Red Devils in 2014, is thrilled to have sealed a temporary move to the West Yorkshire club and is relishing the fight for a first-team place.

He said:

"I am looking forward to making the most of this opportunity, Bradford is a big club and I am thankful to be a part of it."

"It looks as though I will be battling against my parent club as the Bulls fight for Super League survival.

"And as much as I want Salford to do well, I am a Bradford player now and I want to do my very best for the club."

Williams, capped twice by England in 2006, joined Salford in 2011 after stints with Leeds, Castleford, Hull, Hull KR and rugby union side Newcastle Falcons.

Bulls take points fight to high court

Bradford Bulls are to challenge a points deduction imposed by the Rugby Football League in the High Court.

Bulls to fight points deduction
Bulls to fight points deduction Credit: Press Association

Six points were deducted earlier this year when the club went into administration and an appeal was rejected by a Sporting Sanctions Appeal Panel.

The panel ruled the club has not met the necessary requirements for an appeal to be fully considered.

But after taking advice, the Bulls have now decided to pursue legal action against the RFL.

A spokesperson for the club's board of directors said: "The advice which the club has received is positive and, as a consequence of that indication, it is the club's intention to pursue what are considered to be appropriate legal remedies.

"The decision to do so has not been made lightly and will be continually reviewed to ensure that any action taken is beneficial to the club, players, partners, supporters and the sport as a whole."

The Bulls sit second bottom of the Super League and could be relegated if their form does not improve.

This week they *appointed former Leeds Carnegie boss *James Lowes as a replacement for Francis Cummins who was sacked earlier this month.


Leeds Carnegie "disappointed" at Lowes' departure

Leeds Carnegie chairman, Sir Ian McGeechan, said the club was "disappointed' to be losing James Lowes but understood his desire to return to Bradford Bulls and wished him well.

Our search for a new coach begins immediately. Myself and Director of Rugby, Chris Gibson, will take our time to find the right man. This may take some time and in the meantime I will oversee the coaching staff and pre-season arrangements. All the players return from the off season next week in preparation for a very big year as we strive to realise our Premiership ambitions.

– LEeds Carnegie chairman, Sir Ian McGeechan

This has come out of the blue and has developed very quickly and whilst we are disappointed with the outcome we have come to a satisfactory agreement with James and the Bulls and we wish them both well.

– Leeds Carnegie Chief Executive, Gary Hetherington

Lowes is "right man for the job"

Lowes will begin coaching the Bulls' first team tomorrow morning before leading Bradford into First:Utility Super League against his former employers on Sunday afternoon. Bulls chairman Marc Green said they were "absolutely delighted" to have someone of Lowes calibre as their new head coach.

As a board of directors, we recognise his talents, what he has achieved in the game, the names he has worked under and alongside in previous roles and also what he achieved last season with Leeds Carnegie. Regardless of what division we play in next year, we believe James is the right man to drive this club forward and into a new era. We have been working extremely hard to ensure we have the right man for the job and are confident James can achieve great things, both in the short term and in the long term.

– Bulls chairman Marc Green
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