Hull FC move for 'key' Bradford Bulls star
HULL FC are believed to have made moves to sign a Bradford Bulls player with immediate effect as the troubled club desperately seeks to cut costs.
The Black and Whites are well placed to lead the race for any departing Bulls players as they have significant room on their salary cap this season.
It comes as unwanted scrum-half Jamie Ellis was released from his deal yesterday, just eight days after prop Eamon O’Carroll had his three-year contract terminated.
The exit of the duo, combined with full-back Wade McKinnon’s release earlier this season, leaves room on FC’s cap to do immediate business, despite the additions of Jay Pitts and Liam Watts.
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Sources have told the Mail that Hull contacted one of Bradford’s ‘key’ players on Monday at the club’s training ground.
It came only hours after news filtered through that the entire Bulls coaching staff had been laid off by the club’s administrators.
FC owner Adam Pearson has already admitted his interest in trying to do a deal at Bradford if possible and that appears to be edging closer.
Hull are known to have shown an interest this year in highly-regarded second row pair John Bateman and Elliott Whitehead, with one of the duo most likely to be targeted.
At 18, Bateman is one of the most sought-after teenagers in Super League and has already attracted interest from a number of clubs.
Whitehead was a transfer target for Hull earlier in the season before signing a five-year deal at Bradford.
With the Bulls desperate for money to stay afloat, the club’s administrators have said they will listen to significant offers for the players.
Few Super League clubs have money spare to buy with immediate effect, and any wishing to pick up players for the latter stages of this season must complete any deal before the cut-off date of July 20.
• Hull have already signed Bradford winger Jason Crookes for next season, although it is thought Hull made their approach to another player, and were not looking to advance his deal.