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Bradford Bulls sign Leeds Rhinos hooker Matt Diskin

Matt Diskin
Matt Diskin ran in 44 tries in his 264 appearances for Leeds Rhinos

Bradford Bulls have made their ninth signing for next season by bringing in long-serving Leeds hooker Matt Diskin.

One-club man Diskin, 28, has seen his opportunities over the last 12 months limited because of the arrival of Australian Danny Buderus in 2009.

And he has now chosen to take up the option of a three-year deal at Odsal.

"It's all happened very quickly but I'm really looking forward to joining the Bulls," said Diskin, who spent 13 years on the books at Headingley.

"They are assembling a very good squad for next season and I feel the move will help me to reinvigorate my career.

"At this stage in my career I've still got a lot of personal goals I want to fulfil.

"I want to play international rugby league again," said the former Great Britain international, who missed out on England selection for the current Four Nations.

"I've still got things I want to achieve and I think this move is what I need to achieve that.

"It is a massive decision to move away from Leeds," added Diskin, who had been awarded a testimonial by the Rhinos and signed a 12-month contract extension just four months ago.

"The Rhinos have been a massive part of my life since I left school and I have spent nearly half my life as a Leeds player. But I now begin a new chapter in my career."

Bulls chairman Peter Hood said: "He is a high quality player who will add a lot of depth and competition within our squad and our coach, Mick Potter, is really looking forward to working with him.

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"We are always interested in quality players and when a player of Matt's pedigree unexpectedly became available we moved quickly."

Potter does not take up office at Odsal until 15 November after seeing out his contract with St Helens, who he guided to two consecutive Grand Finals.

But the Bulls have already signed nine new players as they bid to turn things round after missing the Super League play-offs for the second successive season.

"It's exciting times," Diskin told BBC Radio Leeds. "They've got a new group of players and a lot of depth to the squad and some new coaches, so it's an exciting opportunity and I'm looking forward to it. Hopefully I can play a big part in the Bulls' revival."

Chev Walker (Hull KR), Shaun Ainscough (Wigan), Olivier Elima (Catalans), Bryn Hargreaves (St Helens), Ian Sibbit (Salford), Shad Royston (Halifax) and New Zealander Patrick Ah Van have all put pen to paper on deals.

Ex-Leeds, Hull and Crusaders winger Gareth Raynor will join them once he has finished serving his current sentence for offences relating to counterfeiting and common assault.

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"I have no doubt Matt will play a key role in the Bulls revival," said Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington. "Matt has been one of our core players, who has been at the heart of the Rhinos' success over the past decade.

"But we are fortunate to have two outstanding young hookers in Paul McShane and Liam Hood who aspire to follow in Matt's footsteps."



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Bradford insist Orford will stay
08 Oct 10 |  Bradford
Cummins joins Bulls coaching team
06 Oct 10 |  Bradford
Huddersfield sign Bulls' Wardle
29 Sep 10 |  Huddersfield
Bradford hand trio new contracts
28 Sep 10 |  Bradford
O'Brien extends Bradford contract
23 Sep 10 |  Bradford
Diskin agrees new Rhinos contract
16 Mar 06 |  Leeds
Bradford admit to Diskin approach
28 Feb 05 |  Bradford
Diskin to make Great Britain bow
18 Nov 04 |  Rugby League


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