Bradford land Featherstone forward Connor Farrell

Bradford have bolstered their pack with the addition of Featherstone back-rower Connor Farrell on a two-year contract.

The 24-year-old established himself as one of the best back-rowers in the Championship, scoring 11 tries in 25 appearances.

Bulls’ coach John Kear is a keen admirer of Farrell, who helped Rovers lift the Championship Shield in 2018.

On securing the services of Farrell, Kear said: “I’m really pleased that Connor has agreed to join us.

“With James Laithwaite deciding to retire, it obviously left us a second-rower down and we have brought a player in who has proven at Championship level.

“He had a really good season last year at Featherstone despite suffering a broken leg and he came back from that very strong and played really well, so we just feel that tidies up our back-row options.

“Connor has come through the Wigan system as a youngster so anybody who can come through that system is tough, technically good and hard-working, which is just what we want.”

Farrell, who made 10 appearances for hometown club Wigan Warriors between 2013 and 2017, will link up with his new Bradford team-mates when they return for pre-season training.