Harris brings in Reardon
Crusaders RL coach Iestyn Harris has made former Bradford Bulls team-mate Stuart Reardon his first signing for the club.
The 29-year-old Reardon, who returned to Bradford for a second spell a year ago, has joined the Wrexham-based outfit on a 12-month contract to help fill the void created by the departures of Nick Youngquest and Gareth Raynor.
“Stuart is a great professional and brings real quality to the Crusaders squad,” said Harris, who was yesterday confirmed as the successor to Brian Noble.
“He’s one of the best kick returners in Super League and his versatility means he can play in a number of positions for us.
“Stuart’s played at the highest level for many years, he’s won every major honour in Super League and represented Great Britain which shows the kind of quality player he is.
“I’ve played alongside Stuart and I know what a committed and talented player he can be. He is just the type of player you want playing alongside you.”
Reardon scored 51 tries in 144 appearances in Super League for Bradford and Warrington and won two Grand Finals and a Challenge Cup final with the Bulls.
He won the Harry Sutherland Trophy as man of the match in Bradford’s 2003 Grand Final success over Wigan Warriors and scored four tries for Great Britain in the 2004 Tri-Nations Series.
He said: “The opportunity to link up with Iestyn was too good to turn down.
“The Crusaders did brilliantly last season and I believe the club can do even better next year. This is a club that is going places and I can’t wait to start pre-season training.”