11th December 2019, 10:48 | Bradford
BRADFORD Bulls have confirmed the signing of Adam Rooks on a season-long loan from Betfred Super League side Hull Kingston Rovers.
The 19-year-old made six appearances for the Humberside outfit in 2019 and also represented Yorkshire and England Academy this year - alongside fellow Bradford stars Harry Shackleton and Ethan O’Hanlon.
The forward is relishing the opportunity for game time in the red, amber and black – speaking of his excitement at playing in front of the Bradford supporters.
“I am really looking forward to the opportunity, having spoken to the former Bradford lads here they had nothing but good things to say,” said Rooks.
He added: “I am buzzing to get going and get some regular game time at Championship level which is a really good competition and I am looking forward to helping Bradford.
“Having watched Bradford over the years even dropping down the divisions the fans have still been there through it all, they are a proper fanbase and I cannot wait to get going.”
John Kear believes his roster will be bolstered by the signing – admitting Rooks has been on his radar having impressed in Super League as a Robin in 2019.
“Adam is a really good, energetic player - we have been keeping tabs on him since he played for the City of Hull Academy last year and we had a spot available for a loan player,” said Kear.
“We enquired and they made him available – Hull Kingston Rovers feel it will develop him, Adam feels it will develop him in playing rugby and it will develop us having quality second row forward.
“I am absolutely delighted and I am looking forward to working with him – it is a move that will benefit all parties.”
Bradford Bulls will begin their 2020 Betfred Championship campaign at home to London Broncos on Sunday 2 February.