Bulls loan Leeds star Sutcliffe

Bradford have announced they have signed Leeds youngster Liam Sutcliffe on a short-term loan deal, presumably as cover for the injured Lee Gaskell.

The Rhinos stand-off or loose forward, 19, scores seven times in 18 appearances for the Headingley club in 2013.

“Liam is a hugely-talented player and we are delighted to have him on board,” said Bulls coach Francis Cummins.

“He offers us another dimension, both at half-back or even at loose forward, and we expect him to improve our team.

Our current predicament is being well documented and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Leeds Rhinos for offering us a helping hand.

“It is a great gesture and, in return, we hope to offer Liam further Super League experience and even more exposure.

“Brian McDermott and his colleagues are predicting a big future for him. He is just a little unfortunate that some of the game’s greatest halves are in front of him at Leeds.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for him to shine on the big stage and I think it goes without saying that he will feature heavily over the next few weeks.”

Rhinos boss, and former Bradford player, Brian McDermott added: “We were approached by Francis, regarding Liam, and we are happy for him to go to the Bulls for a month.

“Francis remains a good friend of the club and we know that Liam will be in good hands.

“We saw last season how much Liam developed from the game time he had and this is a great opportunity for him to continue that development.

“As with the other five young players we have away from the club this season, this is a key part of their future progress and the next stage of our development as a club and I am sure Liam will grab the chance with both hands.”

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