THREE-QUARTER Ryan Shaw has agreed a deal to become Bradford Bulls’ seventh new signing for next season, taking head coach James Lowes’ 2015 roster to 21.
The talented youngster began the year as a Warrington Wolves player before departing for Barrow Raiders, where he has gone on to score nine tries in 25 appearances for the Kingstone Press Championship outfit.
Goal-kicker Shaw, who today penned a one-year contract at the Provident Stadium, has previously enjoyed spells with London Broncos, Castleford Tigers, Leigh Centurions and Swinton Lions.
And the former England Academy star is planning on making a name for himself in Bulls colours.
“This is a massive opportunity for me to really prove myself and kick on,” said Shaw, who can operate at full-back, centre and on the wing.
“I have signed for the next 12 months but want to ensure a much longer stay.
“The only way I will be able to do that is by earning another contract through hard work. I am very committed to that and want to be a part of the side for years to come.
“I prefer to play in the centres but have experience across the backline, so am able to offer the club a level of versatility.
“I can play all across the backline which gives me a better opportunity to get in the team. Centre is my preferred position but I enjoy playing anywhere really.
“I picked up a lot during my time with Warrington and have enjoyed a taste of Super League, which I want to experience again.
“With the way the Bradford squad is shaping up for next year, it looks as though we will have the tools to more than compete for promotion – and that is the aim.
“I am excited to be working under James Lowes again, as I know he will only improve me as a player, and I cannot wait for pre-season training to come around.
“Most rugby players don’t look forward to those gruelling months of pre-season but, after being handed such a fantastic opportunity, it cannot come soon enough for me.”
Lowes, who coached the Barrow-born talent during his time with the Wolves, says Shaw has the potential to make huge inroads next term.
Shaw will only add to the growing competition in Bradford’s 2015 new-look backline, according to the Bulls boss – who is delighted to have secured the Cumbrian’s services.
“Ryan is a young, up and coming talent who I know very well,” added Lowes.
“He was just coming into the junior ranks when I was at Warrington, so I know what he is capable of bringing to the party.
“Ryan has bags of potential. He is very quick, knows his way to the line and can kick goals. I believe he has all the tools.
“We are starting to build some real strength in depth within the backs and, for Ryan, it is now all about hitting the ground running and making the most of his ability.”