Experience for any side is always a valuable asset and to offset the loss of previous players, the Bradford Bulls have signed veteran prop Garreth Carvell from the Warrington Wolves for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Carvell, 32, has enjoyed previous stints with Hull FC and the Leeds Rhinos before his stint with the Wolves, one that began in 2009.
For the Bulls, with a lot of their side younger players, they felt an older player was needed and believed someone like Carvell fit that bill, as they move forward and prepare for the next years ahead.
â€œIn general weâ€™ve got a young squad and most of it is about providing belief,” said Bulls coach Francis Cummins.
“We just need to take the next step and the experience that Garreth brings will be invaluable in this area.
“Itâ€™s a different electronic cigarette manufacturers challenge that heâ€™s going to face here but obviously the desire must still be there because he is continually striving to improve his game. I have spoken to him about what we need and heâ€™s delighted to be coming on board.â€
Equally pleased about the signing is Bulls Chairman Omar Khan, pinpointing the forwards as an area where the club needed improvement and he believes Carvell can help provide that over the next two seasons.
â€œWe are delighted to announce Garreth as our first new signing for next season,” said Khan.
“He will be a big addition to our pack and will be a big player for us. Francis has outlined the clubâ€™s philosophy to him and what our culture is and he has bought into that. I am sure he will be a big success at the Bulls.â€