Bradford swoop for international halfback

Bradford Bulls have snapped up halfback Joe Keyes on a three-year deal.
The former England Academy player and Ireland international joins the Bulls following his release from the London Broncos, where he had spent the entirety of his career.

Keyes, 20, made his Super League debut during the Broncos’ relegation season in 2014 and was a standout star during their first year in the Championship.

His performances earned the admiration of Wakefield, who were keen to sign the youngster at the start of this year, however the Broncos kept hold of him.

But he has now linked up with the Bulls, and could debut in their Championship clash with leaders Leigh on Sunday.
“It is a massive club and I’ve never been anywhere other than London, so to come to a place like Bradford is really exciting for me,” said Keyes.

“I know a few of the boys here and they’ll help me settle in and hopefully I can get into training this week and rip in.

“I feel like I’ve got a lot to offer and I don’t think I’ve shown everyone what I’m capable of yet, so I’m hoping to find a bit of form, give 100% as I always do and get stuck in.

“It’s good to have a bit of stability for the next few years and I’m looking forward to working with Rohan over the next few seasons.”

Head coach Rohan Smith added: “I’m pleased we have brought Joe to the club.

“He is a player who has performed well in Super League in the past and a young talent on his way up in the game and we’re grateful to have him here.

“Joe is a guy who wants to advance his career and we want to give him that opportunity. He is a traditional style halfback and definitely one to help us down the line.”