Bulls snap up Rinaldi

Bradford Bulls have signed former Catalans and Harlequins hooker, Julien Rinaldi, after injury blows have left the club struggling for players.

Wayne Godwin and Paul Deacon have both been ruled out, so it has been left for Terry Newton and Ben Jeffries to lead the sides.

It has also meant that Glenn Morrison and Steve Menzies have been sharing a stand-off role.

Rinaldi will join the club until June, and the club will then re-evaluate the situation.

Coach Steve McNamara said: “He is comfortable playing either at hooker or in the halves.

“He is very quick, a good offensive player with a good kicking game as well so we are really happy we can get him on board.

“Julien had difficulties last season with his nominated status, which prevented him getting a contract with a Super League club but we are delighted that we have been able to give him the opportunity now.”

Rinaldi added: “I’m really looking forward to this chance with Bradford.

“They are a good side and I wasn’t ready to leave Super League last year.

“I felt I could stay on in the competition, so I’m really happy to be back.

“I’ve only signed for two months but want to give it another crack, help the Bulls get back up the table and hopefully prove I’m worth a longer contract.”

Rinaldi will play no part for his side this weekend, but is expected to arrive in the country on Monday and will be in line for his debut against league pacesetters, St Helens, on April 24th.

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