Leon Pryce had Bradford Bulls return talks before opting for Hull switch

Leon Pryce has enjoyed a fine campaign at Catalan Dragons but will move to Hull FC next season

Leon Pryce has enjoyed a fine campaign at Catalan Dragons but will move to Hull FC next season

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LEON Pryce has admitted he would have rejoined the Bulls next season had they not been facing relegation from Super League.

The former Bradford star, who will return to Odsal with Catalan on Sunday, spoke to chairman Marc Green and chief executive Robbie Hunter-Paul about heading home in 2015.

Pryce's three-year deal with the Dragons is up at the end of the season and he will join Hull FC on a two-year contract.

He also attracted interest from Castleford, Hull KR, Wakefield and Featherstone and said he would have liked to have been reunited with Jimmy Lowes if the club's position not been so perilous.

The 32-year-old told the T&A: "I talked to Bradford for a while and I considered it very strongly.

"It's my home-town club and it would have been very nice to get back on board, especially with Jimmy having been appointed and Robbie being at the club.

"Marc has taken over and he seems like a good bloke. It sounds like he really wants to get the club back to where it belongs.

"Marc has been fantastic with me, Robbie has been top class too and obviously we're really good friends anyway. It was a very attractive option to come back to Bradford."

While Elliott Whitehead has enjoyed an outstanding season at Catalan, earning a call-up to the senior England train-on squad, Pryce has also had a fine campaign.

He believes Green will assemble a squad capable of competing for an immediate return to Super League next season if, as seems increasingly likely, the Bulls are relegated.

Pryce said: "From what Marc Green was saying, Bradford will be looking to invest heavily in the squad to make sure they have got a side capable of coming straight back up. If they do that, then it's not so bad.

"Obviously they have been dealt a very big blow with the points deduction. There is nothing the players can do about that – that's been taken out of their hands.

"But if they can get the signings in, they can get a squad good enough to get them straight back up. That's the next best thing after going down.

"I would definitely come back to play for Bradford if they were in Super League. There wouldn't have been much to think about, to be honest. But they weren't in Super League – that's the only problem."

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8:18am Thu 3 Jul 14

flashdonut says...

Gutted. He would have been a great signing. Genuine class, outstanding defender for a back & a BFD lad too. But, can't blame him.
Gutted. He would have been a great signing. Genuine class, outstanding defender for a back & a BFD lad too. But, can't blame him. flashdonut
  • Score: 14

8:38am Thu 3 Jul 14

A650 says...

Have a look at what you could've won!
Have a look at what you could've won! A650
  • Score: 5

8:56am Thu 3 Jul 14

Forever-Bfd says...

Would love to hear some good news about players who want to sign for the club NOW knowing we are going down, sick of hearing about the ones who don't. I believe Leon was asked to come back to Bfd before and chose to go to Catalan, so don't believe he would have considered coming back now. Unfortunately it is all down to money in the end.
Would love to hear some good news about players who want to sign for the club NOW knowing we are going down, sick of hearing about the ones who don't. I believe Leon was asked to come back to Bfd before and chose to go to Catalan, so don't believe he would have considered coming back now. Unfortunately it is all down to money in the end. Forever-Bfd
  • Score: 5

8:57am Thu 3 Jul 14

axelf1963 says...

Championship or potential Challengers ? Hmmm tough call Leon.
Championship or potential Challengers ? Hmmm tough call Leon. axelf1963
  • Score: 0

9:05am Thu 3 Jul 14

Bullmaniac says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Championship or potential Challengers ? Hmmm tough call Leon.
Challengers for what?! Hull-Gateshead Shark-Thunder will win naff all next season with Radford as coach. At least the Bulls may win some silverware next season albeit in a lower division.
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Championship or potential Challengers ? Hmmm tough call Leon.[/p][/quote]Challengers for what?! Hull-Gateshead Shark-Thunder will win naff all next season with Radford as coach. At least the Bulls may win some silverware next season albeit in a lower division. Bullmaniac
  • Score: 5

9:55am Thu 3 Jul 14

Bowlingboy says...

agree with above this is a sh*t story,
rubs it in the wounds a little bit..
The only positive been there might actually be some signings for next year.
Personally I don't see Gale going as been a negative either if we can get a good draw for him..
agree with above this is a sh*t story, rubs it in the wounds a little bit.. The only positive been there might actually be some signings for next year. Personally I don't see Gale going as been a negative either if we can get a good draw for him.. Bowlingboy
  • Score: 10

10:19am Thu 3 Jul 14

Forty sevener says...

Disappointed - Leon has won all the trophies with Bradford and he could have given something back by helping them get back into Super League. He will not win anything with Hull!
Disappointed - Leon has won all the trophies with Bradford and he could have given something back by helping them get back into Super League. He will not win anything with Hull! Forty sevener
  • Score: 7

11:04am Thu 3 Jul 14

BirchLane-1964 says...

Easy to say it now Leon would've been great to see the team built around you for an immediate return and be part of something special the next few years. Mind you Hull will be a better side next season now
Easy to say it now Leon would've been great to see the team built around you for an immediate return and be part of something special the next few years. Mind you Hull will be a better side next season now BirchLane-1964
  • Score: 1

11:08am Thu 3 Jul 14

Parz says...

Bullmaniac wrote:
axelf1963 wrote: Championship or potential Challengers ? Hmmm tough call Leon.
Challengers for what?! Hull-Gateshead Shark-Thunder will win naff all next season with Radford as coach. At least the Bulls may win some silverware next season albeit in a lower division.
I prefer it the other way round, Gateshead-Hull ThunderSharks. Im not sure what a Thunder Shark is, but I don't think I'd want to play against one.
[quote][p][bold]Bullmaniac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Championship or potential Challengers ? Hmmm tough call Leon.[/p][/quote]Challengers for what?! Hull-Gateshead Shark-Thunder will win naff all next season with Radford as coach. At least the Bulls may win some silverware next season albeit in a lower division.[/p][/quote]I prefer it the other way round, Gateshead-Hull ThunderSharks. Im not sure what a Thunder Shark is, but I don't think I'd want to play against one. Parz
  • Score: 2

11:21am Thu 3 Jul 14

portugalbull says...

I think you missed out Leon. Your a legend now at Bradford so just think how much better if you had brought us back to SL at the first attempt.
Hull always full of unfulfilled promise.
I think you missed out Leon. Your a legend now at Bradford so just think how much better if you had brought us back to SL at the first attempt. Hull always full of unfulfilled promise. portugalbull
  • Score: 2

12:10pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Out of site says...

Didn't think this kid had many brains,looks like he has.
Didn't think this kid had many brains,looks like he has. Out of site
  • Score: -5

12:28pm Thu 3 Jul 14

nosher says...

Out of site wrote:
Didn't think this kid had many brains,looks like he has.
He ain't got much going on upstairs.
[quote][p][bold]Out of site[/bold] wrote: Didn't think this kid had many brains,looks like he has.[/p][/quote]He ain't got much going on upstairs. nosher
  • Score: -6

1:29pm Thu 3 Jul 14

axelf1963 says...

Bullmaniac wrote:
axelf1963 wrote:
Championship or potential Challengers ? Hmmm tough call Leon.
Challengers for what?! Hull-Gateshead Shark-Thunder will win naff all next season with Radford as coach. At least the Bulls may win some silverware next season albeit in a lower division.
You have to have a ticket to get the bus.
What silverware will bulls win next year ?
[quote][p][bold]Bullmaniac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Championship or potential Challengers ? Hmmm tough call Leon.[/p][/quote]Challengers for what?! Hull-Gateshead Shark-Thunder will win naff all next season with Radford as coach. At least the Bulls may win some silverware next season albeit in a lower division.[/p][/quote]You have to have a ticket to get the bus. What silverware will bulls win next year ? axelf1963
  • Score: -8

1:29pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

I guess he doesn't want a shot at the Northern Railways Cup.
I guess he doesn't want a shot at the Northern Railways Cup. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: -3

2:45pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Out of site says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Bullmaniac wrote:
axelf1963 wrote:
Championship or potential Challengers ? Hmmm tough call Leon.
Challengers for what?! Hull-Gateshead Shark-Thunder will win naff all next season with Radford as coach. At least the Bulls may win some silverware next season albeit in a lower division.
You have to have a ticket to get the bus.
What silverware will bulls win next year ?
None.
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bullmaniac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Championship or potential Challengers ? Hmmm tough call Leon.[/p][/quote]Challengers for what?! Hull-Gateshead Shark-Thunder will win naff all next season with Radford as coach. At least the Bulls may win some silverware next season albeit in a lower division.[/p][/quote]You have to have a ticket to get the bus. What silverware will bulls win next year ?[/p][/quote]None. Out of site
  • Score: -2

3:30pm Thu 3 Jul 14

pjbull says...

And if my auntie had b***s she'd be my uncle.
Leon, you've had every chance to come back to the bulls in the last 9 years but have consistently signed for more money elsewhere. That's not to criticise you but let's be clear that Bradford isn't/hasn't been top of your places to come back to because you've had 3 new contracts since you left and haven't re-signed for us then either. You were great for a short time at the Bulls but are long since history.
And if my auntie had b***s she'd be my uncle. Leon, you've had every chance to come back to the bulls in the last 9 years but have consistently signed for more money elsewhere. That's not to criticise you but let's be clear that Bradford isn't/hasn't been top of your places to come back to because you've had 3 new contracts since you left and haven't re-signed for us then either. You were great for a short time at the Bulls but are long since history. pjbull
  • Score: 8

3:44pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Bullmaniac says...

Parz wrote:
Bullmaniac wrote:
axelf1963 wrote: Championship or potential Challengers ? Hmmm tough call Leon.
Challengers for what?! Hull-Gateshead Shark-Thunder will win naff all next season with Radford as coach. At least the Bulls may win some silverware next season albeit in a lower division.
I prefer it the other way round, Gateshead-Hull ThunderSharks. Im not sure what a Thunder Shark is, but I don't think I'd want to play against one.
Would like to play against one as much as a Huddersfield-Sheffie
ld GiantEagle. That raises a good point, why didn't we get the chance to merge with an unsuccessful club - I quite like the sound of the Bradford-Widnes BullVikings... more horns than you could shake a stick at.
[quote][p][bold]Parz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bullmaniac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Championship or potential Challengers ? Hmmm tough call Leon.[/p][/quote]Challengers for what?! Hull-Gateshead Shark-Thunder will win naff all next season with Radford as coach. At least the Bulls may win some silverware next season albeit in a lower division.[/p][/quote]I prefer it the other way round, Gateshead-Hull ThunderSharks. Im not sure what a Thunder Shark is, but I don't think I'd want to play against one.[/p][/quote]Would like to play against one as much as a Huddersfield-Sheffie ld GiantEagle. That raises a good point, why didn't we get the chance to merge with an unsuccessful club - I quite like the sound of the Bradford-Widnes BullVikings... more horns than you could shake a stick at. Bullmaniac
  • Score: 2

6:47pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Ray Mac says...

He is better off at Hull, they are used to problems!
He is better off at Hull, they are used to problems! Ray Mac
  • Score: 5

7:01pm Thu 3 Jul 14

BirchLane-1964 says...

Wouldn't come to bulls and play in championship, but bet he was on verge of signing for featherstone until their money man walked away!!!!
Wouldn't come to bulls and play in championship, but bet he was on verge of signing for featherstone until their money man walked away!!!! BirchLane-1964
  • Score: 7

7:02pm Thu 3 Jul 14

nosher says...

He is lucky he didn't end up in prison note than once.
He is lucky he didn't end up in prison note than once. nosher
  • Score: 7

7:21pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Ray Mac says...

Don't think Lowes would want him at Bulls, Eddie McGuiness (RIP) was a close friend of Jimmy and wasn't too chuffed when Bulls didn't sack Pryce at after the much documented incident. Jimmy departed to Salford.
Don't think Lowes would want him at Bulls, Eddie McGuiness (RIP) was a close friend of Jimmy and wasn't too chuffed when Bulls didn't sack Pryce at after the much documented incident. Jimmy departed to Salford. Ray Mac
  • Score: 4

8:44pm Thu 3 Jul 14

nosher says...

Ray Mac wrote:
Don't think Lowes would want him at Bulls, Eddie McGuiness (RIP) was a close friend of Jimmy and wasn't too chuffed when Bulls didn't sack Pryce at after the much documented incident. Jimmy departed to Salford.
Well said. A rather fat G.Carvell now playing at Castleford.
[quote][p][bold]Ray Mac[/bold] wrote: Don't think Lowes would want him at Bulls, Eddie McGuiness (RIP) was a close friend of Jimmy and wasn't too chuffed when Bulls didn't sack Pryce at after the much documented incident. Jimmy departed to Salford.[/p][/quote]Well said. A rather fat G.Carvell now playing at Castleford. nosher
  • Score: 4

7:04am Fri 4 Jul 14

axelf1963 says...

I thought he looked trimmer than Warrington days Nosher, Must have been to one of your BBQ's where burgers are rationed
I thought he looked trimmer than Warrington days Nosher, Must have been to one of your BBQ's where burgers are rationed axelf1963
  • Score: 0

8:33am Fri 4 Jul 14

nosher says...

You better get here early tonight before the food has gone.
You better get here early tonight before the food has gone. nosher
  • Score: 0

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