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Bradford Bulls sign Olivier Elima from Catalans Dragons

Olivier Elima
Elima captained France in the 2009 Four Nations tournament

Bradford Bulls have completed the signing of France back row forward Olivier Elima on a two-year contract.

The 27-year-old, who captains his country, has spent the last three seasons with Catalans Dragons.

Elima said: "The Bulls haven't been where they should be over the last couple of years.

"But with a new coach and some new players we will get back to where we want to be. Bradford are a big club and I'm excited about the move."

He added: "I've always said that I would be happy to go back to England at some point."

Elima becomes new coach Mick Potter's fourth signing after the arrival of Bryn Hargreaves, Shaun Ainscough and Chev Walker.

Bulls Chairman Peter Hood said: "We are delighted that Olivier has joined us for the next two seasons.

"He is an international player of renown who greatly will improve our pack, both in attack and defence.

"He is a strong runner and an uncompromising defender, attributes we feel we need to compete at the highest level."

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