Bradford Bulls have confirmed the signing of Championship winger Ben Blackmore from local rivals Dewsbury Rams on a one-year deal.
The former Featherstone and Sheffield winger has made more than 170 Championship appearances to date.
Blackmore, 29, has scored 99 tries in his career and joined the Rams ahead of the current campaign.
He started his career at Castleford, making his debut and only appearance in 2012. He made the switch to Huddersfield in 2013 before joining Featherstone in 2014, his first stint before returning after four seasons with Sheffield.
Ben Blackmore on Championship move
“I am over the moon to have signed at a big club looking to build itself back up and has ambitions to return to Super League. I am really excited,” Blackmore said.
“There were a few factors that convinced me to sign here for 2023. One of them being a supporter when I was young.
“When I spoke to Mark Dunning, it’s clear that we had the same views. We want to climb the ladder and we both got on really well. I’m excited for a fresh start at Bradford and I have high hopes for next year.
“I am coming to build from the back, put the hard yards in and get the team on the front foot.
“I’m actually good mates with George (Flanagan) and he always raves about the club when I speak to him.
“I’ve been on the wrong end of the Bradford fans a few times so it’ll be nice to have them singing my name. They’re some of the best fans in rugby league so I’m really excited.”
He joins the likes of Kieran Gill, Ryan Millar and Ebon Scurr in being signed up for Dunning’s 2023 squad.