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Bradford capture legend Menzies

Steve Menzies
Menzies has scored 171 tries in his career to date

Bradford Bulls have signed Australian legend Steve Menzies on a one-year deal for next season.

The 34-year-old forward will leave Manly, where he has spent his entire career, to move to the Gratton Stadium for the start of the 2009 season.

Boss Steve McNamara told BBC Radio Leeds: "His record is unbelievable. Just look at the stats, the games he's played, the tries he's scored."

The former international will retire at the end of the 2009 season.

While rated as a strong defender, Menzies is best known for his prolific try scoring.

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He is the highest try-scoring forward ever in the Australian game, with 171, and is second to former North Sydney Bears and Manly star Ken Irvine in the all time try-scoring charts.

McNamara said: "The respect he has within the game in Australia is as big as any other player in the competition.

"Regardless of his age, he is just a freak of nature. In doing our research, the information coming back from Manly is that he is as big, as fit, as quick and as strong as he's ever been."

Nicknamed 'The Beaver' due to his industrial nature around the field, Menzies has won 15 caps for the Green and Golds, scoring 80 points.

I will be delighted to help the club's juniors in any way I can and give them any advice they need

New Bradford Bulls forward Steve Menzies

The Bulls hope he can pass on his vast experience to their youngsters.

"I am really looking forward to seeing some of the quality juniors at the club and I know one of my roles will be to help them progress," said Menzies.

"It's one I am really looking forward to and I will be delighted to help them in any way I can and give them any advice they need.

"The basic skills are the same in both hemispheres but I am a big believer that players must bond together if a team is to go well in the competition and I have had big raps on the Bulls from a lot of players in the British game."



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