Hull FC boss Lee Radford and his his Bradford counterpart John Kear have expressed their delight following the agreement of a new dual-registration partnership between the clubs.
The pair both have previous affiliations with their partner clubs. Radford is a former Bradford player, while Kear led the Black and Whites to Challenge Cup glory as head coach in 2005.
As well as enabling the Bulls to utilise Hull players not in contention for selection, the partnership will also provide playing opportunities and exit routes for players leaving the FC’s Academy system, and for amateur players to step up to Reserve grade.
Kear said: “We thought long and hard about whether to go down this route and I am delighted Hull FC have agreed to become our partners for this.
“It is an agreement I see having benefits for both players, coaches and fans and it is a very exciting partnership – I hope Hull achieve what they want to achieve and I hope we do from ours.
“I have known Lee for many years and I developed a good relationship with James Clark too.
“I think Hull will be up there amongst them in Super League and I cannot see this being anything but of great use to both clubs.”
Radford said: “I’m really happy to get the deal done. It is a club that I have an affiliation with, having spent a number of years during my playing career there.
“Bradford is a big club and whichever players end up going to play there on dual registration will benefit from their time there.
“John is the head coach over there, too. He spent time as the head coach at Hull in the past, so it seemed like a good fit for us with those ties already in place.”