Karl Harrison joins Bradford backroom staff

Bradford Bulls boss James Lowes has appointed former Halifax coach Karl Harrison as his new assistant.

Harrison parted company with Halifax earlier this month, and he admits he is delighted to be returning to Odsal, where he was once Brian Noble’s assistant coach.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for me,” said Harrison.

“Everybody within the game expects Bradford to be in the upper echelons of Rugby League – and at the top end of the upper echelons of the sport.

“It is also a fantastic opportunity for me to work alongside Jimmy (Lowes) and try to get this great club back to where we think it belongs.

“There is a lot of hard work to be done and Jimmy has recruited a very big roster, which I am looking forward to working with.

“With a sizeable squad, you have always got people chomping at your heels and we need to create that competition for places, so everybody is playing to the best of their ability in the first 17.

“The challenge is to mould a team from this 30-man squad and there are a lot of new players, so there is a lot of graft to be put in between now and February.”

Lowes is delighted to have Harrison on board.

“I have known Karl for a number of years and am absolutely delighted to have him on board ahead of what is going to be a massive year for us,” said Lowes.

“He is very experienced – at both Super League and Championship level – and is an all-round great guy.

“When he became available, we moved very quickly to bring him in. He is the ideal man to assist me next season and I look forward to working with him.

“He has enjoyed success just about everywhere he has been and we intend to taste similar success next year.”