Giants’ Mullally agrees to season-long loan with Bradford

Anthony Mullally.
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Bradford Bulls coach Francis Cummins has strengthened his depleted squad after signing Huddersfield Giants’ Anthony Mullally for the rest of the season.

The Bulls – who will learn in the next 24 hours the identity of their new owner after a week-long vetting process by the club’s administrator – have extended Ireland international Mullally’s initial loan deal to cover the remainder of 2014.

“I am really enjoying it here and it will help me, in terms of my performances, knowing where I am going to be playing,” said Mullally, who has made a trio of appearances for the Bulls since joining in February.

“I have had a good first month with the Bulls and am getting plenty of game time, which is fantastic. It is better for me because I know I am going to be here for the foreseeable future, rather than just another few weeks or so.

“I am committed to the Bradford cause and am very much looking forward to the challenges ahead.”

The Giants have a 24-hour recall on the forward, who was ineligible to play against his parent club last weekend but returns on Sunday for the trip to Hull KR.

Bulls head coach Cummins believes Mullally’s Odsal loan can only benefit the player.

“The best way to learn about playing Super League is to go out there and do it,” he said.

“You can train and play all you want but unless you’re doing it then you’re not going to advance your career properly. Anthony has been good for us; he just needs to know what playing week in and week out is all about.”

The Giants’ Tetley’s Challenge Cup fourth round tie against St Helens will be live on BBC on Sunday April 6 with a 2.15pm kick-off.

Yorkshire legend Lee Crooks has joined the RFL as England’s regional performance coach for the North East.

The former Hull FC, Leeds and Castleford prop will oversee the coaching at the RFL’s North East Academy as well as helping to develop community clubs in the region.

Castleford Tigers’ Jordan Tansey was last night suspended for three matches and fined £300 after being found guilty of a Grade C offence of making deliberate physical contact with a match official against Hull FC on last weekend.

Hull FC player Micky Paea has had his appeal against a two-match ban for making dangerous contact with Castleford’s Richard Owen dismissed.