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Bradford Bulls promote four academy stars


Bradford Bulls have promoted four academy products to the first team for the 2010 Super League season.

Props George and Tom Burgess, stand-off or centre Joe Wardle and hooker Adam O'Brien have all been elevated.

"The four new boys will bring their youthful exuberance to the team. They have impressed in pre-season training," sais Bulls coach Steve McNamara.

"The quality of juniors is testament to Paul Medley and his recruitment team who have worked very hard."

The Burgesses are the younger brothers of England international forward Sam, who has just moved from Bradford to South Sydney.

O'Brien is the brother of Bradford City left-back Luke.

The Bulls have also announced their new squad numbers with their latest recruit Matt Orford to wear the number seven shirt.

Of the other new recruits Brett Kearney has six, Heath L'Estrange takes over the number nine from the departed Terry Newton, while Glenn Hall has the number 12 shirt, worn last year by Glenn Morrison.

Stuart Reardon has number five, Danny Sculthorpe 17, with Nick Scruton taking eight, which was previously worn by Sam Burgess.

It's a young squad, full of talent and potential and it's good to see that we have sixteen home grown players in the twenty nine listed

Steve McNamara

After an excellent 2009 season Dave Halley will wear the number one shirt for the new campaign

McNamara explained: "All players start on an equal footing for the new season so you shouldn't read too much into shirt numbers but Dave Halley has been given one because of his impressive form at full back last year.

"We decided to give Stuart Reardon five because, although he has the capability to play anywhere in the back three, we see his best position for the Bulls being on the wing.

"Heath has been given the nine shirt but that's because Wagga [Wayne Godwin] had number 14 last season and we decided to stick with that. They will battle for the starting place.

"It's a young squad, full of talent and potential and it's good to see that we have sixteen home grown players in the 29 listed."

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