ADAM O’BRIEN insists leaving the club he joined as a teenager was never an option, having this week agreed a brand-new contract.
The 21-year-old hooker – widely regarded as one of the British game's brightest prospects – will be a Bradford Bull until at least the end of 2016.
Halifax-born O'Brien, who arrived at the Provident Stadium aged 16, made his first-team debut three years ago.
And the forward has been a stand-out performer since James Lowes returned to take over the reins as head coach.
“I have been given a chance to perform over the last few weeks and, hopefully, have made the most of it,” explained O'Brien, who is being proudly sponsored by the Monro family.
“I was over the moon when the board offered me a new contract and did not take much convincing to sign it.
“My focus was to always stay with the Bulls. When we were relegated, I was made aware the club wanted to keep me and was really happy about that.
“I have been here from a young age and there was no reason for me to walk away. Bradford gave me a real opportunity and I want to give something back.
“Our supporters have been absolutely immense and everything about the club is great at the minute. I am looking forward to my future with the Bulls.”
O'Brien has followed in the footsteps of fellow team-mates Dale Ferguson, Tom Olbison, Lee Gaskell and Adam Sidlow in agreeing to stay with the club for the foreseeable future.
On Saturday, he became the fifth Bull to re-sign, taking coach Lowes' roster for next season to nine, with Jake Mullaney, Dan Fleming, Dave Petersen and Etu Uaisele already on board.
“The squad is beginning to take shape and I am really impressed with the signings that have been made,” added O'Brien.
“I am already looking forward to getting pre-season training out of the way, so we can get playing – and back up into Super League.
“I am certain we will be a force next year and am looking forward to working with the new guys coming in.”
The Bulls return to First:Utility Super League action next Sunday, when Lee Radford's Hull FC visit the Provident Stadium (kick-off 3.00pm).
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