Antonio Kaufusi joins Bradford Bulls on loan from Huddersfield Giants

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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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5:09pm Fri 2 May 14

NG1972 says...

Great signing .. he will give us a lot of aggression & experience. A few more signings of this quality will keep us up along with points back.
Great signing .. he will give us a lot of aggression & experience. A few more signings of this quality will keep us up along with points back. NG1972
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5:48pm Fri 2 May 14

Solomon Grundy says...

Good signing.
Good signing. Solomon Grundy
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5:58pm Fri 2 May 14

colgre says...

A very good signing however we are low on props due to injuries....COYB....
A very good signing however we are low on props due to injuries....COYB.... colgre
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6:00pm Fri 2 May 14

nosher says...

A great signing. He was good last year at londonium.
A great signing. He was good last year at londonium. nosher
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8:05pm Fri 2 May 14

Sheffieldbull says...

Excellent!
Excellent! Sheffieldbull
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8:16am Sat 3 May 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Shame we couldn't field him. Manse and Jamal this weekend, that would be the basis of a pack to be taken seriously.

Hopefully we'll see them play together before the months loan is up.
Shame we couldn't field him. Manse and Jamal this weekend, that would be the basis of a pack to be taken seriously. Hopefully we'll see them play together before the months loan is up. Bone_idle18
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9:00am Sat 3 May 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

A great signing but yet again only for a month when we need players of this talent for the whole season for them to be more than bit players.

Obviously we will not be able to play him against his parent club at Magic weekend so lets hope that our injured players are back on their feet for then.
A great signing but yet again only for a month when we need players of this talent for the whole season for them to be more than bit players. Obviously we will not be able to play him against his parent club at Magic weekend so lets hope that our injured players are back on their feet for then. fedupwiththeBS
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