Jy Hitchcox joins Bradford on permanent basis

Drew Darbyshire

Bradford have secured the services of Jy Hitchcox for the next two years.

The 29-year-old has enjoyed two impressive loan spells with Bradford from Castleford Tigers this season. He scored a hat-trick to help Bradford seal promotion to the Championship in the League 1 promotion final against Workington Town.

Castleford didn’t renew his deal when it expired at the end of the season and the Bulls have now signed him on a permanent deal.

Bulls chairman Andrew Chalmers said: “Recruitment and retention is generally a good reflection of how a club is growing and building so on that basis, we are obviously really pleased with our business over the past few months.

“To add a player of Jy’s standing to our strong squad for 2019 is really exciting and we’re pleased to deliver recruitment of this quality to our supporter base in return for their loyalty and support week-to-week and through our season ticket program.

“Jy was a huge influence on the squad during his time on loan at the club this season. He has played in Super League Grand Finals, and demonstrated as recently as the play-off Final that he can finish tries and impact a game as well as any outside-back in the league.

“We also have the added bonus of Jy having a strong relationship with Jake Webster. For Bradford Bulls fans to be coming along to Odsal next season to watch exciting players of this quality representing their club is exactly what we have been striving to offer.”