13th September 2017, 17:30
BULLS RE-SIGN HOMEGROWN TALENT
Bradford Bulls are delighted to announce the re-signing of academy graduates Liam Kirk and Ross Oakes until the end of 2019.
The duo have played crucial roles in Bradford’s 2017 season after graduating through the Bulls’ thriving academy set up.
Kirk has been the only ever-present player this year, and has scored three tries with two of them coming against recently promoted Hull Kingston Rovers.
The prop forward, sponsored by Fab-Tek Instillations, said: “I’m really happy to have re-signed for the club. I love it here, it always been my dream to play professionally with the Bulls, and I’m just trying to seize the opportunity with both hands.
“Bradford is a club that has been through a lot in the last few years. I want to give everything that I can to this place to try and get it back to where it belongs.
“I absolutely love it here. The club seems to have this positive aura around it no matter what. It is a special club and I’m thrilled to dedicate myself to it and be a part of its future.
“I’ve played a lot more than I expected to this year, but I had a job to do and I wanted to do it to the best of my abilities. I have loved every second of the season so far and I can wait for more.”
Oakes, sponsored by Geoff and Maureen Hammond, has been held back through numerous injuries since mid-May, but has scored 9 tries in 17 first team appearances.
The centre is a product of Bradford’s impressive academy and will enter his seventh year with the club next season. The 20-year old is ready to pull on the red, amber and black for two more years with his boyhood club.
“Ever since I signed for the club at the junior level I always had high hopes for my future here. I always wanted to make my way into the first team and create a name for myself,” described Oakes.
“This is the club that I have grown up supporting so playing for the first team this year has been incredible. We have had our high and lows, but there is a very positive feel around the place at the minute, there is plenty of good things to come out of Bradford.
“Dedicating myself for the next two years to this place was an easy decision to make, I love everything about this club. I did have other offers but this is where I have always wanted to play my rugby.
“It’s been difficult lately being set back with this injury, but I’m hoping that I can get back onto the field this Sunday and help the boys out in any way possible.”