Bradford Bulls


12th April 2018, 16:51


Bradford Bulls are delighted to announce the month-long loan signing of duo, Jy Hitchcox and James Laithwaite.

After appearing on the wing at Old Trafford in the 2017 Betfred Super League Grand Final, Hitchcox has put pen to paper on a deal with the club to see him don the red amber and black strip for a month, with the option to extend.

Hitchcox, sponsored by 39 Steps Consulting, made a name for himself in the English game after moving from the NRL to join Featherstone Rovers where he was a stand-out player at fullback for the Championship side.

Second-row, James Laithwaite has signed a same deal as Hitchcox, keeping him at Odsal Stadium for a month, with the option to extend.

Laithwaite signs from dual registration partners, Toronto Wolfpack in search of more game time.

Previously spending time with Warrington Wolves and Hull Kingston Rovers in Super League, Laithwaite brings a wealth of experience to the Bulls back row, offering the ability for Elliot Minchella to opt into the halves or at loose forward.

Head Coach John Kear is delighted with the signings and commented: “I have to applaud Andrew Chalmers who has backed us once again. James has got a very good CV and was schooled in Warrington.

“He isn’t playing much at Toronto, so we have secured him for the month and he will feature against Coventry, but unfortunately, he will be cup tied.

“Jy is going to replace Jake Butler-Fleming who has returned to Toronto. He is a player that ran out in the Grand Final against Leeds, so that is a measure of the quality of player that we have.

“He’ll be rivalling Ethan Ryan for some of the spectacular finishes that he’s got. They may well end up playing as a centre, wing pairing. I want to find out where Jy will be most effective for us.

“He is a renowned full back as Featherstone fans know and has been on the wing at Castleford and he has played centre in the NRL, so he has a good pedigree.”