Former Australian International and Manly Sea Eagles boss Geoff Toovey has been named as Head Coach of the newly formed Bradford Bulls club.
The 47-year-old Toovey was a member of the Australian world cup winning team in 1995 and comes with an impressive coaching CV that includes 3 seasons in charge of NRL team Manly Sea Eagles. New Bradford owner Graham Lowe, once coached Toovey as a player whilst they were both at Manly during the 1990’s, and said he had no hesitation in approaching the half back as he believes he is the man to help lift a bull’s team that will start the year on -12 points.
In other Bradford new they have also appointed ex GB, St Helens and Hull Halfback Leon Pryce as the club captain for 2017. The Standoff recently returned to the club during the off season having already played over 200 games for the Bulls since breaking into the team as a 16-year-old in 1998.
More good news for the Bradford team is that the Joe Keyes and Ross Peltier have agreed terms with the club. Half back Keyes joined from London at the beginning of last season and made 4 appearances while Peliter was a recent addition from Keighley
On another note Bradford have lost Scottish International Ben Kavanagh, Dane Chisholm and Lachlan Burr after the new owners decided not to offer the players contracts within the new structure. Prop forward Kavanagh as since agreed terms with Hull KR, while reports suggest that Chisholm is heading back to Australia, while Lachlan Burr who as previously played for NRL sides Canterbury Bulldogs and Gold Coast Titans as signed for super league newcomers Leigh Centurions on a one-year contract.