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Bradford Bulls confirm Scruton departure

Nick Scruton ends six year tenure with Bulls Credit: Dave Howarth/DAH Sports Images/Press Association Images

Bradford Bulls front-rower Nick Scruton is to leave the club to join Wakefield Trinity Wildcats for an undisclosed fee agreed by the club's administrators. The 29-year-old prop has decided to move away from the Bulls ending a six year tenure with the club.

" It is obviously hugely disappointing to lose a player to a rival club and this is definitely not a wish of Bradford Bulls. This is the nature of the situation we find ourselves in.

"I've spoken at great lengths to head coach Francis Cummins and football manager Stuart Duffy who inform me there is a positive feel in camp - despite the current predicament. And both of them are not willing to allow the departure of a player to affect the mood, ahead of this weekend's game.

Administration is difficult at the best of times, but we are getting on with the task at hand. For sure we are vulnerable at the moment but we are working hard to ensure the squad remains intact."

Robbie Hunter-Paul, Chief Executive

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Sidlow extends Bulls contract

Bradford Bulls' Adam Sidlow Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Bradford front-row forward Adam Sidlow has agreed a two year contract extension. Sidlow has pledged his commitment to the club with a new deal that will keep him at Odsal until at least the end of 2016.

"I am 100 per cent committed to Bradford. Francis has shown a whole load of faith in me and he has enabled me to love playing rugby league again. This is such a massive club and it is an honour to play here.

Despite what has gone on over the past couple of months, off the field, I would not change a thing. I absolutely love it here. I would like to think my best years are still ahead of me and I still feel as though I am progressing as a Super League player"

Adam Sidlow

Craven Park to be renamed

Hull KR have signed a five year sponsorship deal which will see Craven Park renamed the "KC Lightstream Stadium".

The deal, with local communications provider, KC, has been completed in time to be in place for the Robin's Super League opener against Leeds Rhinos on Sunday February 16th.

Fans of the city's two rugby league teams are likely to be sceptical about the choosing of a brand that will make both stadiums remarkably similar in name, with Hull FC playing their games at the KC Stadium across the city.

Linton Brown, Hull KR Director of Commercial Affairs, commented: “Having KC on board as our stadium naming rights partners is a major step forward with our brand strategy."

McNamara agrees to stay on part time basis

England rugby league head coach Steve McNamara Credit: PA

Steve McNamara has agreed to remain England rugby league head coach in a part-time capacity while becoming an assistant at Australian NRL club Sydney Roosters.

Hull-born McNamara, who'd also been linked with switching codes to join Bath, is set to join the Aussie champions in the New year. McNamara's coaching career began at Bradford and after assistant roles with Great Britain and England, he was promoted to England head coach in 2010.

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New financial boss appointed at Bradford Bulls

Bradford have appointed local businessman Andrew Calvert as their financial director as they wait for the Rugby Football League to finally ratify the club's change of ownership.

Calvert, a lifelong Bulls supporter who has also become a shareholder, will join former general manager Ryan Whitcut and other local businessmen Mark Moore and Ian Watt on the board of the Super League club.

Broughton 'delighted' to join Giants on new deal

Jodie Broughton has signed a four year contract at Huddersfield Giants.

“I am absolutely delighted to be part of this club for the next four years. I had a few options on the table but I knew Huddersfield were the club for me. Their vision for the future really excited me and I want to be playing play-off rugby and pushing for the England Squad."

– Jodie Broughton
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