Bradford boss coy on Kear’s future

Bradford Bulls head coach James Lowes has admitted that Elliot Kear’s future at the club is far from clear, after he spent last weekend on trial with Rugby Union outfit London Welsh.

The Wales international has been at the Bulls for the past three seasons, but made an appearance for newly-promoted Welsh in their 64-0 win at Henley last weekend – scoring a try in the process. And Lowes admitted that after Kear asked to go down for a trial, he didn’t stand in the Welsh international’s way.

“Elliot asked if he could go down there for a bit of a trial at London Welsh, who got promoted last season as I well know from my time with Leeds Carnegie,” Lowes said.

“He asked permission to do that and that’s fine. If it ends up coming off then it would be a fantastic move for him.”

Lowes also revealed he understands James Donaldson’s decision to remain in Super League with Hull KR – but did say he was disappointed that the club couldn’t hang on to one of their main stars for 2015. The Cumbrian-born forward has agreed a switch to the Robins for 2015, but Lowes did wish him all the best in his new venture.

“I’m pretty disappointed but I understand why James has gone, of course. The lads have got to make a decision based on their own feelings and thoughts and he’s certainly a player I wanted to keep.

“But he’s been open and honest about what his aspirations are and you’ve got to respect that. I respect him as a bloke and he’s made the switch to Hull Kingston Rovers, so good luck to him. I hope he does well and fulfils all his ambitions and goals.”

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