Orford makes Bradford switch

Bradford have signed Manly half-back Matt Orford on a three-year deal.

Orford, 31, moves to the Bulls after talks broke down over a new deal with the Sea Eagles, who he led to the NRL title in 2008.

“I always wanted to finish my career in England – this opportunity came earlier than expected but the chance to play with good friends at a club which is on the rise accelerated my decision,” said Orford.

“There is nothing sinister in the switch. I could have remained with Manly for two more years but decided the time is right now. I have loved my time with the club since I returned from Melbourne Storm.

“It is a wonderful club with fantastic fans. I will miss living and playing in the area but a football career is short and I want to satisfy a long held goal to play in England for a couple of seasons.

“I’m glad I haven’t had a lot of time to consider the switch. My manager came up with the deal, I thought about it and made the best decision for my immediate future.

“I wish Manly all the success in the world. They have some good young halfback prospects that deserve an opportunity in the NRL.”

Orford will team up with former Sea Eagles Steve Menzies, Glenn Hall and Heath L’Estrange at Odsal.

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