Papua New Guinea international Keven Appo makes Championship move

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Keven Appo. PA Images

Papua New Guinea star Keven Appo has joined Bradford Bulls for the 2023 Championship season, subject to international clearance.

He makes the move on a one-year deal, with the option of a second.

Appo, 23, featured for the Kumuls during the delayed 2021 World Cup tournament, reaching the quarter-finals before being knocked out by hosts England.

Born in the Eastern Highlands Province in Papua New Guinea, Appo has plied his trade for PNG Hunters in Australia’s second tier.

Head coach Mark Dunning said: “I am really, really pleased we have managed to get the deal done. This started prior to the World Cup, we identified him as someone we wanted then after which the World Cup has only shown us and everyone how good he is.

“He is a big robust human being. Everything he does, he does with energy. He carries hard and dents defences, he has a real desire to hit hard in defence also I think he will be a real crowd favourite who will get the fans off their seats and clapping.

“He is going to add to and complement our group we already have in the building, we identified certain areas he will bring things such as his infectious energy and commitment and Keven is really looking forward to getting over and we are looking forward to having him.

“I am really content with where we are at the moment, Michael [Lawrence] joined us last week and has come straight into training, Keven will join us in due course when he’s rested from the World Cup.

“Some of our existing players who played in the World Cup like AJ Wallace, Brad Ho, Chester Butler are all back in and around the building so we are looking healthy, fresh, energised and committed, ready to rip in to an intense pre-season.”

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