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Antonio Kaufusi joins Bradford Bulls on loan from Huddersfield Giants
The Bulls have signed Huddersfield prop Antonio Kaufusi on a one-month loan deal and he will make his debut against Warrington on Sunday.
The 29-year-old, who joined the Giants from London at the end of last season, has a wealth of experience following stints with Melbourne Storm, Newcastle Knights and North Queensland Cowboys.
He also won representative honours with Australian, Queensland, Tonga and the Exiles and has made nine Super League appearances for Paul Anderson’s side this season, mainly off the bench.
Anderson is understood to have been impressed with Anthony Mullally's loan spell at Odsal and is hoping that Kaufusi can enjoy a similar impact.
Head coach Francis Cummins said: “We're absolutely delighted to have someone of Antonio's ability on board.
“He's an exceptional talent, who packs plenty of power and presence.
“He brings further experience to our team and we are sure he will make a huge impact during his time here.
“Antonio has representative honours, which are not easy to come by, and has spent a huge amount of time playing at top level – both in Super League and the NRL.
“I'm sure he will fit straight in and I look forward to seeing what he can do.”
Kaufusi signed for the Bulls on Thursday but the deal was only announced late this afternoon.
His arrival helps to offset the absence through injury of Manase Manuokafoa, Jamal Fakir, Dale Ferguson and James Donaldson for Sunday's game against the Wolves.
Revised 19-man squad: Danny Addy, Joe Arundel, Sam Bates, Matt Diskin, Jamie Foster, Luke Gale, Lee Gaskell, Luke George, Adam Henry, Antonio Kaufusi, Elliot Kear, Brett Kearney, Alex Mellor, Adam O'Brien, Tom Olbison, Jay Pitts, Adrian Purtell, Adam Sidlow, Chev Walker.
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