Injury-hit Donaldson lands new one-year contract with Bradford

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James Donaldson has secured a new deal with Bradford Bulls after battling back from a serious knee injury.

The 21-year-old forward – who missed most of 2012 injured – has signed a new one-year contract with an option for a further year.

“It was always my first choice to stay at the Bulls. I’m chuffed to bits to get the deal out of the way and I can now concentrate on my rugby,” said Donaldson, who made 17 appearances this season, scoring tries.

“My manager had a look around to see what was on the cards but Bradford’s the best place for me and once the deal from the club was on the table I didn’t want to go anywhere else.

“It’s just like a new start again now. All the injuries are behind me and I’m just looking ahead and I’m looking forward to further my career.”

Bulls’ coach Francis Cummins is happy to have retained Cumbrian-born Donaldson.

“I’m really pleased for Donno because he’s not had the most straight-forward career. He had a really good start and then he had some serious injuries but what he hasn’t done ever is let us down.

“We appreciate what he is about and he appreciates us. He doesn’t want to play for any other club and I know he’ll give everything he’s got for Bradford and that’s tremendous. It’s just what I’m looking for.”

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