Bradford Bulls have made their ninth addition to their 2015 squad, after announcing the re-signing of rising star Adam O’Brien. O’Brien, who turned 21 last month, has agreed a new two-year-deal, meaning he will be a Bull until at least the end of 2016.
The young hooker, who has enjoyed a more prominent role in the side recent weeks, is a product of the club’s hugely-successful Academy. He joined Bradford at the age of 16, made his first-team debut back in 2011 and has this season scored six tries in 25 appearances.
“I have been given a chance to really perform over the last few weeks and, hopefully, have made the most of it,” said O’Brien. “Now I have been offered a new contract – to stay for another two years – and I am delighted about it.
“My focus was always to stay at the club. When we were relegated the directors said they wanted to offer me a contract and I was more than willing to sign it. I have been with the Bulls for over five years and felt there was no reason for me to leave. The club provided me with a massive opportunity and I owe it to those who have stood by me and improved me as a player.
“The squad for next year is looking very good and I am really impressed with the signings being made. I am already looking forward to getting pre-season out of the way, so we can get playing – and back up into Super League. Our supporters have been immense and everything about the club is great at the minute. I am looking forward to my future with the Bulls.”
Coach James Lowes has described O’Brien’s retention as vital, insisting he has big plans for one of the club’s most promising talents.
“I am really pleased to have secured Adam for at least the next couple of seasons,” added Lowes. “He is a player with masses of potential and has all of the tools required to be a success. His recent performances speak volumes about just how good Adam is.“He completed his third 80-minute outing, last week, against Leeds and showed his quality. Adam is the kind of player I like to work with.
“He is very brave and is improving with every minute he plays. I believe he will have a big future in the game, so ensuring he stayed with us was vital.”