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Bulls land Featherstone's Mendeika

Bradford have signed Ireland international James Mendeika from Championship rivals Featherstone.

Bradford have signed Ireland international James Mendeika from Championship rivals Featherstone. Credit: Bradford Bulls

The 23-year-old former Warrington and London Broncos utility back, who appeared in all of Ireland's group games against Australia, Fiji and England in the 2013 World Cup, has joined the Bulls with immediate effect on a deal that takes him through to the end of the 2017 season.

"It is great to be back within a full-time environment and I am looking forward to repaying the faith the club has shown in me," said Mendeika.

Bradford coach James Lowes, who coached Mendeika during his time in charge of Warrington, said: "James is a very talented, up-and-coming player and we are pleased to have secured his services.

"Injuries have set him back a little over the past couple of years but he has a long career ahead and he is certainly looking to make a name for himself here."

Bruce determined despite six-game winless run

Hull City travel to Everton in the Premier League tonight in desperate need of three points after a run of six games without a win.

That winless streak leaves the Tigers perilously close to the relegation zone with only goal difference keeping them out.

Just last season Hull finished 16th in their first campaign back in the Premier League and also reached the FA Cup final:


Castleford Tigers' head coach Daryl Powell signs new long-term deal

Head Coach Daryl Powell during the First Utility match at the Mend-a-Hose Stadium Credit: PA Pictures

Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell has signed a new long-term deal which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2019 season. Powell has masterminded an unbelievable 2014 season so far taking them to the top four in Super League – as well as the semi-finals of the cup.

Only Widnes Vikings stand between Powell leading the Tigers out at Wembley, and the club have moved quickly to tie down their man.

Tipped to be amongst the relegation candidates for 2014, Powell has overseen a remarkable transformation since arriving from Featherstone.

The club has three England internationals in Michael Shenton, Craig Huby and Daryl Clark.

McGregor back for season finalé

Hull City goalkeeper Allan McGregor

Hull City goalkeeper Allan McGregor is back in the starting line-up for the Tigers' final league game against Everton.

The Scot has been out for six weeks and Steve Bruce says his recovery has been better than expected, putting him in contention for a start at next week's FA Cup Final.

James Chester is less fortunate though and misses today's game at the KC with a hamstring injury.

Paul McShane also returns after a long lay off.

Steve Bruce was expected to ring the changes following a dip in form. The boss says his players have been distracted by the club's excellent cup run.

With their Premier League status secured the Tigers will undoubtedly have one eye on the Arsenal game at Wembley while the Toffees will be looking to finish the season on a high having secured European football next season.

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Nine-man Grimsby lose Conference play-off semi

Grimsby lost 2-1 to Gateshead at the Gateshead International Stadium. The Mariners went 1-0 from a James Marwood goal in the 22nd minute. They were reduced to ten men after half-time when Scott Neilson was dismissed but pulled a goal back through Craig Disley.

Things went from bad to worse for the Lincolnshire side when Sam Hatton received a second yellow and Marwood added a second for the Heed. Grimsby conceded a third late on when JJ O'Donnell shot past James McKeown.

Elsewhere Guiseley secured their place in the Conference North play-off final with a 3-0 aggregate win over North Ferriby United. They play Altrincham on May 10 at Wembley for the chance to play in the Football Conference.


Leeds Rhinos re-name Friday 11th April JP Day

Former England player Jamie Peacock carries out the trophy during the World Cup Quarter Final match at Headingley Credit: PA Pictures

Leeds Rhinos have re-named Friday 11th April JP Day in honour of legendary former England skipper Jamie Peacock who will play his 500th career game next Friday 15 years to the day since his first ever Super League appearance.

Peacock made his debut for Bradford Bulls on 11th April 1999 against Wakefield, having previously played four games on loan at Featherstone Rovers, and now 15 years on he will play his 500th career game against the same opponent but with Leeds Rhinos.

To mark the occasion, thousands of Peacock masks will be distributed at the game for supporters to wear. Plus the club will be using a special hashtag #JP500 for fans to pay tribute to the legendary forward on social media that will be shown on the big screen and scoreboard on the night.

Kid Galahad wins European super bantamweight championship title

Kid Galahad claimed the European super bantamweight title in Sheffield last night with a convincing unanimous decision over Spain's Sergio Prado.

Home favourite Galahad dominated from start to finish and the durable Prado had no answer for the speed and skill of his opponent.

Judge Anssi Perajoki gave Galahad, real name Abdul Barry Awad, every round with his two colleagues scoring the bout 117-111 and 118-110.

The first round was a subdued affair as both men tried to work each other out but Galahad looked the more impressive and kept the Spaniard at bay with sharp jabs.

The Sheffield man remained on the front foot in the second and landed a couple of good combinations. Prado had little answer and at the halfway point it appeared clear that he would need a major turnaround.

Galahad maintained his perfect professional record with a 16th win to take the title.

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