16th January 2019, 19:35
RYAN EXCITED FOR YORKSHIRE CUP FINAL
Ethan Ryan scored an incredible 38 tries from 31 appearances in 2018, a haul which included some memorable and stunning finishes, earning plaudits for his Super League-esque finishing along the way.
Having joined the club at the age of 16 from local amateur club West Bowling and working his way through the club's academy system, he is confident ahead of Bradford’s return back to the Championship in 2019.
But before the opening game of the new Championship season against Featherstone Rovers at Odsal Stadium, the attention and focus for the Bradford Bulls turns on Sunday's K2 Yorkshire Cup Final against the Batley Bulldogs.
The original Yorkshire Cup ran between 1905 and 1992, with Bradford last victorious in the famous competition in 1989 when they defeated Featherstone Rovers by 20-14 points at Headingley.
Ryan said: “The Yorkshire Cup has been a competitive competition and has really added something extra to the eight teams involved in this new pre-season cup format and we will be striving to win it just like Batley on Sunday at Mount Pleasant.
“The main focus of our pre-season preparations has been about making sure we are ready for the start of the Championship season.
“I think the previous Yorkshire Cup games against Halifax and Dewsbury have been good indicators to test ourselves against Championship opposition, raising the intensity and seeing where we currently are as a team.
“The Yorkshire Cup has certainly helped prepare us better for the season ahead and I'm sure they'll be a big crowd for the final on Sunday, with large travelling support coming to support us from Odsal.”
The K2 Yorkshire Cup in its new revived format has provided another opportunity for some silverware for the Bradford Bulls next season, alongside the new 1895 Cup for those teams outside Super League which will result in a Wembley final.
Ethan Ryan says that he is happy to see these divisions receive more time in the spotlight. “I think anything that gives Championship and League One clubs the recognition that they deserve is a good thing for the sport of Rugby League.
“Looking at the results of the Yorkshire Cup tells you that everyone involved has approached the competition in a really competitive manner, without losing any of the main focus which for us is preparing for that first game against Featherstone on the third of February.”
The club is selling tickets for Sunday’s Yorkshire Cup Final against the Batley Bulldogs, with supporters being offered discounts if bought in advance online by CLICKING HERE or from the Bulls Team Shop at Odsal Stadium
Tickets are on sale, priced £13 adults and £8 concessions, with Under-16s admitted free of charge.
There will be a price increase for tickets bought on the day of the game and both Batley and Bradford are anticipating a decent crowd at the Foxes Biscuit Stadium for the K2 Yorkshire Cup Final on Sunday, kick-off 2.00pm.
You can purchase your tickets now by CLICKING HERE.