Bradford bolster squad by signing Burke and Sutcliffe

Greg Burke.
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BRADFORD Bulls have followed up their loan signing of Leeds Rhinos stand-off Liam Sutcliffe by bringing in young Wigan Warriors forward Greg Burke for the next month.

Burke, 21, will train with his new team-mates for the first time today and comes straight into contention for Friday’s trip to Hull FC.

Although still learning his trade, the second-row played 17 times for Wigan last season as they went on to win a Super League and Challenge Cup double.

He featured in their 36-6 win at Odsal last April and came off the bench in their 46-24 win over Wakefield on Sunday.

Bradford coach Francis Cummins is delighted to be able to enhance his squad further as the troubled West Yorkshire club – still in administration and looking for a new owner – strive to continue their positive start on the pitch.

“Greg is a player I have known for a long time and is an impressive young forward,” he said.

“He is someone I have, in the past, looked to bring here on loan and I’m very excited about what he might produce over the next few weeks or so. We believe he’ll prove a real handful for the opposition and he certainly adds a huge amount to our pack.”

Sutcliffe, 19, will debut at the KC Stadium after completing his timely switch from Headingley.

Cummins said: “Liam is a hugely-talented player. He offers us another dimension and we expect him to improve our team. Liam is just a little unfortunate that some of the game’s greatest halves are in front of him at Rhinos.”

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