Bradford sign Manly forward Hall

Bradford Bulls have signed NRL-winning forward Glenn Hall from Manly on a three year deal.

Hall, who has made 55 appearances for Manly and previously played for Sydney Roosters and South Sydney, will join the Bulls from the start of the 2010 season. He is 28 years old, 6’1” and 102 kg and featured for Manly in last season’s Grand Final and in the Carnegie World Club Challenge game against Leeds Rhinos earlier this year.

Bulls Coach Steve McNamara said: “Glen’s obviously another Grand Final winner from the other side of the world. He’s a very tough, no-nonsense type of player who is real strong, gives great go-forward and gets you quick play-the-balls. His last two seasons have been fantastic for Manly and we feel the need to bring a bit more of that sort of toughness up front here. I see him predominantly as front-rower for the Bulls but he has the versatility to play in the back-row as well and gives us a whole lot of options.

“I was interested in bringing him here for this season but couldn’t make it happen. I’m glad we have managed it now though and we’re delighted he’s on board.  I know he’s looking forward to coming here to Bradford and doing so at the top of his game.

“We’ve got some outstanding young front-rowers at the club and I think Glen, as a prop, has the ability to bring them all along as well.”

Glenn Hall is looking forward to joining up with his new club.

He said: “I’m looking forward to getting there, playing some really consistent, tough football and stiffening up the middle of the ruck for the Bulls. My football over the last three years has been blossoming but I’m still learning; I’ve a lot of good football and probably better football still to play.

“Beaver’s got plenty of good things to say about the club but I met Steve Mac last year when he was over here with the England squad and he’s a terrific man. I got on really well with him and then got a little bit of a taste of England and what it’s all about when I was over there for the World Club Challenge earlier this season.

“I got to go visit Bradford while on a promotion, walked around, saw the ground, met some of the staff and players, like big Sammy Burgess, and it was all really impressive.

“I’ve some good friends in England too – me and Wigan’s Mark Riddell grew up together as kids – and I’m really looking forward to this chance.”

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