Bradford youngster pens new deal

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Bradford have announced that young forward Bradley Ho has penned a new two-year deal with the club.

Ho, 20, impressed for the club’s reserves in 2020, earning a first-team deal for 2021 in the process.

Following a productive loan spell at Coventry Bears, the forward made his first-team debut against Swinton before also featuring against Toulouse.

Bradley Ho on new deal

“I am really happy to be staying and I am looking forward to kicking on next year and building on this season,” said Ho.

“Having the time on loan at Coventry really helped and I appreciate all they did for me in developing and playing with Covid disrupting the last two years.

“To make my Bradford debut was a special moment and I am looking forward to having a good pre-season and getting more opportunities next year.”

Head coach John Kear on retaining talented youngster

Head coach John Kear added: “The loan spell he had at Coventry Bears really brought him on. That was one of the frustrations of Covid, finding game time for players we felt had great potential.

“Brad is a big fella who we think has got a great future in the middle unit. He got that game time and I thank Coventry for that and whilst he was there he grew up by playing against men.

“He grew up and that gave us great confidence that in the next two years he will certainly develop. There may be different strategies for his development but he will develop and come into contention for first team football.”

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