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Relegated Bulls turn to youth signings

Relegated Bradford have announced the re-signing of promising teenagers Alex Mellor, Nathan Conroy, Sam Bates and Adam Brook ahead of their Championship campaign in 2015.

The Odsal side now have an 18 man squad for the upcoming Championship season Credit: Press Association

Back-row forward Mellor and hooker Conroy, both 19, have signed new 12-month deals, while 18-year-old prop Bates and 19-year-old half-back Brook have secured two-year contracts.

Mellor has made nine substitute Super League appearances over the last two years and is tipped by Bulls coach James Lowes for a bright future.

Alex is an exceptional young player who has risen through the club's academy ranks in recent years. He has all of the attributes and potential to become a key player here.

– James Lowes, Bradford Bulls coach

Relegated Bulls announce new signing

Relegated Bradford Bulls have announced the signing of 20-year-old hooker Vila Halafihi on a 12-month deal.

The Hull-born former Leeds academy player, who is the son of former Hull KR Sheffield and London forward Nick Halafihi, has spent the last twelve months in Sydney playing for Penrith Panthers' Under-20s side.

"I am a massive Bradford Bulls fan so feel absolutely privileged to have signed for such a great club. Bradford was the first team I ever supported and I want to play a part in helping return the club to its former glory." said Vila Halafihi

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Walker to stick with Bulls

Former Great Britain centre Chev Walker has agreed a new 12-month contract with relegated Bradford.

Chev Walker signs 12-month contract with relegated Bulls Credit: Press Association

Walker, 31, who played for Leeds and Hull KR before arriving at the Provident Stadium in 2010, is the seventh player to be retained for the Bulls' Championship campaign in 2015 and, with several additions, takes coach James Lowes' squad up to 13.

For me, firstly, it is a matter of paying the club back for the faith showed in me to begin with. And, secondly, it is about helping Bradford back into Super League - where they belong. I have already declared how much I love the place and am looking forward to what should be an exciting journey.

– Chev Walker

Walker, who now plays in the pack, has been out for a month with a hand injury but is hoping to make a return to action before the end of the season.

Before picking up his hand injury, Chev had certainly found some form and was looking really good. Chev is a very strong individual who offers our team a huge amount and it is great to have him secured for next season. He is vastly experienced and has performed at the top of the sport in a number of different scenarios. He will act as a real leader for us next year, guiding some of our younger recruits in what will be an exciting, yet challenging Championship campaign.

– James Lowes, Bradford Bulls coach

Donaldson signs for Robins

Forward James Donaldson has become the latest player from relegated Bradford to secure his Super League future by signing a two-year deal with Hull KR.

James Donaldson who has signed for Hull KR Credit: Press Association

The 22-year-old second rower will link up with the Robins in November and becomes their fourth new recruit for 2015 following the addition of Wigan centre Darrell Goulding and overseas duo Ken Sio and Josh Mantellato.

Rovers coach Chris Chester said: "James is exactly the sort of player that we want to bring to the club in that he is young, hungry and works very hard at his game.

"He's got a good engine on him, he plays big minutes and he doesn't miss many tackles so he'll be a great fit for us."

A former England schoolboy international, Cumbria-born Donaldson has racked up close to 70 Super League appearances for the Bulls since making his debut in 2009.

"I feel like I've progressed a lot over the last few years but I know I've got a lot more to give and I feel the best place to do that is at Hull Kingston Rovers," he said.

"I've been at Bradford for seven years now and I needed a new challenge. I'm ready to be taken out of my comfort zone and hopefully something fresh will spark me up.

"I'll be working with new players, new coaches and new ideas, it's a totally

clean start for me to come here and I can't wait for it."

Donaldson is the fourth Bradford player to confirm his departure following their relegation to the Championship. Manase Manuokafoa is staying in Super League with Widnes, while Jamal Fakir and Brett Kearney are returning to France and Australia respectively.

Henry commits to relegated Bulls

Bradford's New Zealand-born centre Adam Henry is to stay on with the relegated Super League club.

The 23-year-old former Sydney Roosters player, who has made 23 appearances in his first season in England, has signed a new 12- month deal and becomes the 11th confirmed member of coach James Lowes' squad for their 2015 Championship campaign.

"I am really pleased to be staying because I love it here," said Henry. "The club wanted me to stay and the main thing for me was Jimmy (Lowes).

"He has put a lot of faith in me and pretty much played me every week since taking over as coach. That was the main reason why I chose to stay, as he is backing me all the way.

"In addition to that, our supporters have been very welcoming and I would like to thank them for all the love they have shown me since I joined the Bulls."

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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 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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