Hull KR win race to sign promising Bradford forward for 2024

Josh McAllister
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Hull KR have won the race for promising Bradford back-rower Ajahni ‘AJ’ Wallace on a two-year deal from 2024.

Wallace enjoyed an impressive debut season at Odsal Stadium in 2022, and later represented Jamaica at the World Cup in England.

A former Leeds junior, the 20-year-old joined Bradford for the 2022 campaign and has impressed since.

He has made 30 appearances for the Bulls, scoring six tries to date.

After his maiden season with the Bulls, Wallace played in all three of Jamaica’s Rugby League World Cup group stage matches against New Zealand, Ireland and Lebanon.

AJ Wallace: I can’t wait to get started.

“I’m looking forward to joining Hull KR next season and testing myself in a full-time environment,” Wallace said.

“I spoke with Willie on the phone and we had a good chat on what he’s seen from me playing that he likes and what I can improve on to take me to that next level. 

“It’s exciting to see what’s going on at Hull KR and I got that from my conversation with Willie and how he talks about the club. I can’t wait to get started.

“I’ve enjoyed my time at Bradford and I have a lot to thank them for. 

“They’ve been massive in helping me get to this stage of my career. 

“I’ll keep working hard for the rest of the year at Bradford and hopefully go out on a high with them before linking up with Hull KR next season.”

Hull KR head coach Willie Peters added: “We are pleased AJ will be joining Hull KR on a two-year deal from the 2024 season.

“AJ is a powerful back-rower with good footwork and will provide a point of difference within our pack next season.

“He is a good defender and has proven himself in a highly-competitive Championship competition.

“Next year will be the first time AJ has been part of a full-time environment, so we are looking forward to seeing him develop with us over the next two seasons.”

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