Bulls land Fakir
Bradford Bulls have announced the signing of France international Jamal Fakir on a contract to the end of the season.
The 31-year-old front-row forward, who was released by Catalan Dragons last month following their poor start to the season, was unveiled by the Bulls' new owner Marc Green at his first press conference since taking control of the First Utility Super League club.
The Moroccan-born Fakir, who played in France's 2013 World Cup campaign, will help plug the gap at the Provident Stadium caused by the loss of props Garreth Carvell and Nick Scruton, who joined Hull FC and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats respectively during the club's financial crisis.
Bulls head coach Francis Cummins, who is hoping to sign another front rower, is set to give Fakir his Bradford debut in Sunday's Tetley's Challenge Cup fourth-round tie against Oldham.
"Generally these type of players don't become available," Cummins said. "To bring in someone of Jamal's experience and quality, at this stage of the season, I would deem a massive coup for this club.
"He's got his bit between his teeth to prove people wrong. We only want to bring players here that add something to the team and improve our chances of success. In Jamal, I believe we have done that.
"He brings a great deal of experience, given his impressive track record. Jamal is a player who has appeared on the international stage and - for a number of years - in Super League.
"We are working hard to further bolster the current roster, as we enter the next phase of the season."