Rugby league in Scotland is set to grow a little bit more in 2015, with the establishment of a new club in the north east of the country.
The Bon Accord Bulls are a new club which have been formed in Aberdeen, as potential rivals to the Aberdeen Warriors.
The aim of the club is to attract established and new players of all ages, and to develop stronger links between the sport and the wider community.
The club will base themselves at Woodside Sports Complex in Aberdeen, but there are also plans to take the sport to locations outside the city of Aberdeen too.
The Bulls are aiming to play their first fixtures in April, which is also when training will begin. Potential players, of all abilities, are urged to register now so that they can play this season.
There will be youth and open-age rugby on offer, and the club has already established links with local secondary schools such as Westhill, Huntly, Turriff and Aberdeen City.
The club intend to run North East Youth Leagues at Under 13, Under 15 and Under 17 age groups during summer, and are also looking to secure adult fixtures.
Both coaches hold UKCC Level 2 qualifications. Some of the players already at the club have played for Scotland at youth and student level.
“We want Bulls to be an inclusive club that members want to be part of,” said Bulls chairman and coach Cameron Brown.
“We have experienced players that want to help their team-mates develop and the club flourish.
“We want players to come to enjoy the game first and for glory second. But if we have some success along the way then we’ll enjoy that too,”
Bulls Treasurer and coach Ray Hall added: “These are exciting times. We have been planning the Bulls launch since autumn last year and are looking forward to our first season.
“Players have started to register and we are getting good feedback, especially from youth players and secondary schools.
“Awareness of the club is growing but we still need to get the message out there that we are open for business and encourage people to join us and be part of our community.”