Bulls land young Rhinos and close in on dual reg deal

Bradford Bulls have signed their former backrower Daniel Waite-Pullan from Leeds, as anticipated in last week’s League Express.

Waite-Pullan has made a permanent move back to the club that he played for before the Bulls went into liquidation in 2017.

Waite-Pullan was unavailable for Sunday’s clash with Leeds with a minor knee issue sustained playing for Featherstone against York, but he is expected to come into contention soon.

Coach John Kear said: “Dan is another young man who’s come home to Bradford.

“He was here before the financial problems that led to Jake Trueman joining Castleford and Joe Brown going to Wigan, although he’s since returned too.

“Danny went to Leeds, but we’re fortunate enough to get him back. As a second rower who can play a bit of football, we’re hopeful that he can force his way into the team and add to competition for places.”

Less positive news for Kear surrounded another close-season recruit in Frenchman Levy Nzoungou, who was unable to make his debut against Leeds owing to an administration hold-up.

Kear said: “We had been informed by the player and his agent that he was free to return home, as his partner was homesick and we signed him in good faith.

“But we’re led to believe there has been an administration problem with the French Federation that has held things up.

“There are a couple of barriers in place, but we’re working hard to resolve them.”

Meanwhile League Express understands that the Bulls have now agreed a dual-registration partnership with Hull FC that is due to be announced imminently.

Batley had been hopeful of linking with the Black and Whites, but Hull are now set to send fringe players to Kear’s squad in 2020.