Bradford Bulls have confirmed a triple-boost for their squad for 2017 after the capture of three London Broncos players has been confirmed. Alex Foster, Iliess Macani and Jon Magrin have all signed two-year contracts with the Bulls and will join Rohan Smith’s 2017 squad at the start of the pre-season.
Foster, who came through the ranks at Leeds Rhinos, went out on loan to London and Featherstone Rovers before signing with the Broncos at the end of last season.
Macani has spent his career in the capital and the speedy winger, who scored against Leeds in the Qualifiers at the weekend, will make the trip up to West Yorkshire along with Malta international Magrin.
The talented young prop made his Broncos debut in 2014 against Warrington Wolves before featuring for the London side for the past two seasons.
“I’ve had great chats with each of them and they laid out their desire to come and represent the Bulls,” said Smith. “I’ve got a lot of belief in their potential and their talents. The combination of desire to come and play for the club as well as their talents made it an easy fit for us. I’m looking forward to working with all of the guys.
“Alex has played a lot in the centre this year so we’ll probably look for him to be a centre for us and maybe a back rower when needed.
“He is a tremendous kid, I had an hour and half, nearly two hours, with him speaking about footie and life. He is a really ambitious guy, who is from the region, so he is really hungry to get home and come and represent the Bulls.
“Iliess has got some serious speed and there are a lot of people within the league who feel he has got a great deal of potential. He’s performed strongly and he’s got a desire to get out of London and come and experience something new and come to the rugby league heartland in the north – Iliess is an exciting player.
“Jon has had some great performances throughout the season and he’s got some real leg speed. Again, he’s got a desire and passion to step outside his comfort zone and try and take his game to the next level.”