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Bradford Bulls appoint Mick Potter as their new coach

Mick Potter
Potter was the 2008 Super League coach of the year

Bradford Bulls have confirmed that St Helens coach Mick Potter will take over at Odsal from next season.

The 46-year-old returns to the club where he spent three years as assistant to Matthew Elliott during the 1990s.

The former Catalans Dragons coach had been set to return home to Australia but has instead agreed a two-year deal with Bradford.

Bulls chairman Peter Hood said: "We are excited at the prospect of welcoming back one of our own."

Hood added: "He is an exceptionally talented head coach with a proven track record of success.

"Mick was initially intent on returning home to Australia at the end of the current Engage Super League season.

"But I'm delighted we were able to persuade him to change his mind and instead commit the next two years to Bradford Bulls."

Green Bull

Potter replaces England boss Steve McNamara, who was released from the top job at Odsal by mutual consent earlier this week.

"Although I'm looking forward to the challenge at Bradford next season, my only focus for the next three months is St Helens," said Potter.

"Like the players, I'm desperate for success in the Challenge Cup and Grand Final and the fans can be assured of my total and undivided commitment to fulfilling both of those ambitions.

"I've thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Saints and appreciate the opportunity which they gave to me. I aim to finish with a record of achievement."

Lee St Hilaire will remain in caretaker charge of the Bulls until the end of the current campaign.

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