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10th October 2018, 15:58

"EVERYONE RAISED THEIR GAME THIS YEAR": FLANAGAN

George Flanagan spoke of his pride at bringing the good times back to his boyhood club – calling on his team-mates to build on this year’s success as they adapt to life back in the sport’s 2nd tier.

The 31-year-old became a Bull in March, sealing his return to where it all began having come through the club’s academy set-up as a junior.

Flanagan quickly became a fans favourite with a series of passionate, influential performances on the field as he spearheaded the club’s promotion push from ‘9’.

Having scored in Sunday’s play-off final triumph in true Flanagan style, the ‘show and go’ king insists a ‘special’ group of players will only improve.

“It was a no-brainer for me to come back and Sunday was the icing on top of the cake for me, I have a feeling of pure elation after what the club had been through,” said Flanagan, who is sponsored in memory of Sheila McCormick.

“To say we as a squad have put Bradford back on the map is special and there is a lot of young talented players in this squad and things are going to get even better for us.

“There was an eagerness throughout the squad to get the club pulling in the right direction because of what the club had been through.

“Everyone raised their game for us this year, we are the Bradford Bulls so to be a part of that experience in a squad which has a lot of Bradford-born players is especially pleasing.

“We are a young team but the support we have fills you with confidence as you can feel their presence on the pitch and I know there will be some great atmospheres next year.

“It was an emotional day, it hurt to see how the club had fallen, but we are back on the horse and it is credit to the fans who stuck with the club.”