‘Lumberjack’ Davies on board for Bulls’ return

Bradford Bulls coach James Lowes.
Bradford Bulls coach James Lowes.
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BRADFORD BULLS head coach James Lowes says unheralded Australian signing Karl Davies has a “unique style” that should prove useful in their quest to regain Super League status.

Nicknamed ‘The Lumberjack’ for the manner in which he cuts down opponents, the robust prop arrives from leading Queensland Cup side Mackay Cutters next month to take up a two-year deal.

Davies is Lowes’s eighth recruit as they prepare for life in the Championship and, standing at six foot three inches and weighing 17 stone, he expects big things from a player highly-rated in the NRL’s second tier.

“He is an explosive prop and someone I know will excite our supporters,” said the Bradford chief about the 22-year-old.

“I’m delighted to get him. You need good, solid front-rowers in any leading side and Australia seems to deliver them. They know the job and do it well.

“He is a young and very talented individual. I like what I have seen of him. He’s eager to get across and get started.

“I believe he has the potential to be a good player for us.”

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ Taulima Tautai may have played his last game for the club.

The forward, who joins Wigan Warriors in 2015, is charged with a Grade B dangerous throw on Castleford Tigers’ Scott Wheeldon.

He can submit an early guilty plea, but any ban would prevent him playing in Sunday’s final game versus Hull KR.

Hull FC’s Mickey Paea was cautioned by the match review panel for raising his knees on Huddersfield’s Shaun Lunt.