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Friday, 24 March, 2000, 13:35 GMT
Bulls re-sign Paul until 2003

Robbie Paul: Central to Bradford's success
Bradford Bulls have boosted their Super League and Challenge Cup hopes by securing the services of star Robbie Paul for the next three seasons.

The New Zealander's decision to accept a three-year extension to his contract comes on the eve of the Bulls' Cup semi-final clash with Warrington.

Robbie Paul stats
140 Bulls appearances
71 tries
12 caps for New Zealand
It represents a triumph for the Yorkshire club, because Paul and his brother Henry - both prodigious talents - are highly sought after in both their native Auckland and Australia.

The 24-year-old said: "I am delighted that I have secured my future for the next three years.

"The club has come a long way from Bradford Northern to the Bulls, and I am looking forward to what I think will be a very successful future.

"I am sure that if we all pull in the right direction the club will continue to go from strength to strength. The prospect of playing in the new stadium, which is on the horizon, has played a major part in my decision to stay."

Robbie has been a central figure in the re-branding and re-birth of the club

Abi Ekoku, Bulls chief executive
Bradford chief executive Abi Ekoku said: "This is a massive boost for the club going into tomorrow's semi-final and yet another sign that the club intends to remain at the forefront of the sport, both on and off the field for many years to come.

"Robbie has been a central figure in the re-branding and re-birth of the club, and his signature - in addition to the recent contract extension of James Lowes - shows the club's commitment to the immediate future."

Henry Paul has yet to make a decision about his new contract, although he still has a year to run on his old one.

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