Orford, 31, is yet to secure a full release from his contract at Bradford but will join the Raiders’ squad for pre-season trainining on Wednesday.
“The Raiders are a team on the rise and the way they finished the season last year shows they will be in the running again in 2011,” Orford said.
Raiders Coach David Furner meanwhile, said he was pleased to be able to welcome a player of Orford’s ability to the club.
“Matt’s proven over a number of seasons that he’s one of the most experienced and quality halves in the game,” Furner said. “Having his experience in our young backline playing behind our big forward pack would be a huge step for us this season.”
If the deal is completed, Orford will battle it out with current first choice halfback Josh McCrone and provide back up following Marc Herbert‘s decision to sign with Bradford.