Hull FC and Bradford confirm dual-registration partnership

Drew Darbyshire

Hull FC and Bradford have agreed to become dual-registration partners for the 2020 season.

The agreement will see players free to be exchanged between the two sides on a temporary basis.

Dual-reg also holds links at reserve level, including playing opportunities and exit routes for players leaving the Hull FC academy and amateur players who are keen to make the step up with both Hull and Bradford reserve-grade teams.

Hull FC coach Lee Radford said: “I’m really happy to get the deal done. It is a club that I have an affiliation with, having spent a number of years during my playing career there.

“Bradford is a big club and whichever players end up going to play there on dual-registration will benefit from their time there.

“John (Kear, Bradford coach) is the head coach over there, too. He spent time as the head coach at Hull in the past, so it seemed like a good fit for us with those ties already in place.”

Bradford boss John Kear added: “We thought long and hard about whether to go down this route and I am delighted Hull FC have agreed to become our partners for this.

“It is an agreement I see having benefits for both players, coaches and fans and it is a very exciting partnership – I hope Hull achieve what they want to achieve and I hope we do from ours.

“I have known Lee (Radford) for many years and I developed a good relationship with James Clarke (Hull FC chief executive) too – I think Hull will be up there amongst them in Super League and I cannot see this being anything but of great use to both clubs.”

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