Rising star Sutcliffe agrees Bulls switch
Bradford Bulls are delighted to announce the signing of rising star Liam Sutcliffe, who has agreed a short-term loan deal with the Provident Stadium side.
The 19-year-old arrives from Leeds Rhinos, for whom he scored seven tries in 18 appearances last season.
Sutcliffe featured in the Rhinos’ victory over Hull Kingston Rovers during round one of First Utility Super League XIX, last month.
And the half-back is set to play a key role for the Bulls, having today put pen to paper on an initial one-month loan deal.
“Liam is a hugely-talented player and we are delighted to have him on board,” said Bradford boss Francis Cummins.
“He offers us another dimension, both at half-back or even at loose forward, and we expect him to improve our team.
“Our current predicament is being well documented and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Leeds Rhinos for offering us a helping hand.
“It is a great gesture and, in return, we hope to offer Liam further Super League experience and even more exposure.
“Brian McDermott and his colleagues are predicting a big future for him. He is just a little unfortunate that some of the game’s greatest halves are in front of him at Leeds.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for him to shine on the big stage and I think it goes without saying that he will feature heavily over the next few weeks.”
Brian McDermott is expecting big things from Sutcliffe’s stay with the Bulls.
And the Rhinos head coach is backing the youngster to grasp the opportunity in a bid to further his development in the sport’s top flight.
“We were approached by Francis, regarding Liam, and we are happy for him to go to the Bulls for a month,” said former Bulls star McDermott.
“Francis remains a good friend of the club and we know that Liam will be in good hands.
“We saw last season how much Liam developed from the game time he had and this is a great opportunity for him to continue that development.
“As with the other five young players we have away from the club this season, this is a key part of their future progress and the next stage of our development as a club and I am sure Liam will grab the chance with both hands.”