BULLS SECURE STARS OF THE FUTURE

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29th August 2014

BRADFORD BULLS are delighted to announce the re-signings of rising stars Alex Mellor, Nathan Conroy, Sam Bates and Adam Brook.

Mellor and Conroy, aged 19, have today penned new one-year deals with the club, with 18-year-old Bates and 19-year-old Brook securing two-year contracts.

Former England Academy back-rower Mellor, who impressed in Bradford's recent victories over Wigan Warriors and Leeds Rhinos, will be a Bull until at least the end of next season – along with young hooker Nathan Conroy.

Half-back Brook and front-rower Bates, meanwhile, will be in position until the close of the 2016 campaign.

Head coach James Lowes, whose 2015 roster now includes 18 players, has spoken of his delight having secured the services of four up and coming, homegrown talents.

“Alex is an exceptional young player who has risen through the club's Academy ranks in recent years,” said Lowes, who took over the coaching reins in June.

“He has all of the attributes and potential to become a key player here."

Conroy made his Super League debut in the 58-6 triumph over Huddersfield Giants last summer and has appeared twice this term.

He is set to provide Lowes with another hooking option in 2015 and Conroy's efforts have caught Lowes' eye.

“Nathan has performed really well for the Under-19s this season,” added the Bulls boss.

“He will have a fight on his hands for a place in the team next year, but I know he is relishing the task at hand.

Bates, who impressed during Bradford's league triumph over Warrington Wolves back in May, has what it takes to eventually establish himself in the first team, according to Lowes.

“Sam has made a couple of senior appearances this season and has stood up well to the challenge,” he added.

“He is highly rated and will compete for a place in next year's side, I feel sure of that.

“I am pleased to have been able to secure him for a further two years, knowing he has ambitions to do really well here.”

Brook, who can play either stand-off or scrum-half, has provided a raft of quality performances for the club's Academy side in 2014.

And Lowes believes the Halifax-born talent will use pre-season training to leapfrog himself into contention.

“Adam is a player with bags of potential and he is someone who will work hard to achieve,” explained Lowes.

“He is still a little raw in terms of experience but that will come in time.”

Mellor has made nine Super League appearances, Conroy three and Bates two while Brook is yet to appear in the sport's top flight.

The quartet are all products of the club's hugely-successful Academy, which has produced a host of world-class talent.

The Academy, recently named the best in Yorkshire, is backed by the Big One.

The Big One, the Bulls' official lottery, raises funds to help support the development of future Bradford stars.

For more information about the Big One or to find out how you can get involved – and back the future of the Bulls – CLICK HERE.

Meanwhile, Bradford Bulls can today confirm that three-quarter Sam Wood will leave the club at the end of the season.

You'll be able to read exclusive interviews with Bates, Brook, Conroy and Mellor over the coming days on the official Bradford Bulls website.

BULLS SECURE STARS OF THE FUTURE DOMAIN