Bulls swoop ahead of Halifax game

13 Jan 2015 ....Castleford Tigers RLFC. Picture Scott Merrylees. 'James Clare

13 Jan 2015 ....Castleford Tigers RLFC. Picture Scott Merrylees. 'James Clare

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Sunday’s Shay visitors Bradford have stepped up their efforts to make an immediate return to Super League with the capture of James Clare and Matt Ryan from Castleford and Wakefield respectively.

Winger Clare, 24, who has scored 24 tries in 38 appearances for his home-town club Castleford, has agreed a deal that will keep him at the Provident Stadium until the end of 2016.

Australian back-row forward Ryan, 27, has joined them to the end of the season after being released by the Wildcats earlier this week.

Clare, who recently completed a loan spell with League One side York, could make his debut for Bradford in Sunday’s final match of the regular Championship season against Halifax.

Bradford coach James Lowes said: “Both have good Super League experience and I think that is going to be important heading into the Super 8s.

“James is a young lad, who is going to have a long future in the game. He is a finisher with great pace and when he became available, we grabbed him.

“Matt had a great season with Wakefield last year and has got a few Super League games under his belt. He offers us fantastic cover, both in the back row and in the centres.

“You want competition for places and they should certainly lift what we are doing in training.”

After finishing second in their first season in the Championship, the Bulls will battle it out in the Super 8s Qualifiers for a place in Super League in 2016.