John Kear discusses Ethan Ryan’s Bradford future

Bradford Bulls head coach John Kear believes Ethan Ryan will stay at the club beyond the end of this season.

The 22-year-old is off-contract at the end of the season and is understood to be on the radars of several Super League clubs.

Ryan is regarded as one of the best finishers in the game, having scored a phenomenal 79 tries in 81 appearances for the Bulls.

However, despite the inevitable interest incoming from Super League, Kear believes the Bulls will be able to convince the Ireland international to stay.

“I don’t think it will be difficult to keep him,” Kear said.

“I know what we’re talking to him about with regard to extending his deal. He’s a Bradford lad, he loves the club and he’s playing really well.

“A lot of these young lads have to realise, are they going to be front liners in a developing team or are they going to be stockpiled by a Super League and have to wait for their chance to come along?

“They only have to look at some of the Bradford lads who have left here previously and they’ve been sent out on dual-reg. Well I’m pretty certain they wouldn’t want that.

“Sometimes you’ve to take a cold, analytical look as an agent and as a player and decide what is best in the long run. I’m pretty certain that the best for Ethan Ryan would be staying here for a couple or three years.”