Leeds’ women star leaves for Bradford

Sebastian Sternik

Bradford have captured Leeds star Manina Spurr on the eve of their Women’s Super League clash with league leaders Castleford. 

In an incredible turn of events, the self-proclaimed Kallum Watkins fan has now followed in her idols footsteps by announcing her departure on the same day as the Leeds Rhinos captain.
Spurr, who is a former Bulls player, enjoyed a memorable year and a half with Leeds, going on to win the Challenge Cup and the League Leaders Shield. 

The second rower also scored an important try in the 2018 play-off against Castleford which saw the Rhinos clinch a place in the Grand Final. 

In her first stint for the Bulls, Spurr was part of the 2017 ‘invincible’ side which went on to win every game on the calendar and also claim every trophy on offer. 

 The 27 year old also holds the try scoring record at Stanningley having crossed the whitewash 47 times in one season.  

In a statement, Bradford’s joint head coaches Kirsty Moroney and Beth Sutcliffe said: “We are really happy to welcome Manina to the squad – adding more strength and depth. 

“We are looking forward to seeing the value she will bring to the squad with her experience. 

“Manina was part of the League Leaders side at Leeds last year and the Challenge Cup winning side so she is a great addition.”

The player has only made four appearances for Leeds this season, all four as an interchange. What’s more, she was absent from the Rhinos’ last game – a 50-0 victory over York City Knights.