Bradford hand Donaldson new deal

Bradford have handed young Cumbrian back-rower James Donaldson a new three-year deal.

Donaldson, 18, joined the Bulls from Cumbrian amateurs Wath Brow Hornets last season and made seven substitute appearances, scoring two tries for Steve McNamara’s men.

McNamara said: “This contract is well deserved. James made great strides in his first year as a professional player and we are really pleased with him. It’s a real progression being full time and he has had to educate himself a whole lot more about the game. We’re already seeing the benefits of that.

“The recruitment staff deserves a big pat on the back for spending the time and effort to bring him in. He is making good progress and we know that potentially James can become a very good player.”

Donaldson said: “It’s the best club for me and they have already given me opportunities that I don’t think I would have got anywhere else.   At my age, I think three years is the right amount of time for me. Hopefully three years from now I will be a lot better player and starting every week for the Bulls.”

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