Widnes back-rower signs 1-year deal with Bradford

Frank Winterstein

Currently on duty with the Samoan national side at the World Cup, you would not think that committing to a club side would occur but it has – with Frank Winterstein signing a 1-year deal with the Bradford Bulls.

Winterstein, who has spent the last two seasons at Widnes, is pleased to have the chance to join the Bulls next season.

“The Bulls have brought in some good signings and kept a couple of guys who were on loan there. They will definitely have a good squad next year and I’m looking forward to moving over,” said Winterstein.

“I’ve met Franny, his coaching team and all the backroom staff. I was really impressed with all the facilities at Tong and what their vision is to go forward.

“It’s a great club and hopefully we can bring it back to its glory days. It’s about gelling as a team and really pushing hard for a play-off spot.

When it comes to positions, Winterstein will play wherever is required and wherever is best for the team but if you ask him, the back-row is where he belongs.

“I’m definitely an edge back-rower,” said Winterstein.

“I’ve been thrown in at the centre a couple of times but I don’t really mind what happens – whatever is best for the team.”

The club themselves are pleased with the signing, with Francis Cummins – the Bradford coach – pleased to have signed the hulking forward.

“Frank is a great signing for us,” said Cummins.

“He is big and powerful but he has great skills and can play in a few positions.

“I was very impressed with him when I met him and I am sure he will prove to be a valuable member of our squad.”

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