Bulls seal Ferguson deal
Bradford Bulls have signed Huddersfield Giants second-row forward Dale Ferguson on a two-year deal from 2014.
The 25-year-old Scotland international is the Bulls' second major recent recruit, following the capture of Warrington Wolves’ England prop Garreth Carvell, and will fill the gap created by the departure of Elliott Whitehead.
Ferguson, who is out of contract at Huddersfield at the end of the year, has played in the Giants' last 15 Super League matches after starting the season on loan to Hull KR, and scored two tries in an eye-catching performance against Bradford at the Magic Weekend in May.
Bulls coach Francis Cummins said: "After the developments with Elliott, I needed a back-rower and Dale was the man I wanted.
"He tends to go under the radar but he's consistent and has strike power as well, as he showed against us at the Magic Weekend.
"It's really pleasing that he's chosen us over other clubs, especially ones he is familiar with. He's heard about what is going on here and wants to be part of it."
Bradford chairman Omar Khan said: "Dale is an exciting signing for us.
"We faced opposition from several clubs for his signature but he was impressed with what Francis outlined to him and chose to come here."
Bradford scrum-half Luke Gale is expected to return for Friday's game after withdrawing from the team that lost to Warrington Wolves last Sunday following the death of his mother.