ETU Uaisele last night spoke of his determination to help steer the Bulls back into Super League at the first attempt after signing a two-year deal.
The Featherstone winger or centre will join Jimmy Lowes’ side for pre-season training in October after becoming the eighth player to sign up for next year’s promotion push.
Uaisele follows Dave Petersen, Jake Mullaney, Dan Fleming, Dale Ferguson, Lee Gaskell, Tom Olbison and Adam Sidlow in coming on board and says he could not be happier.
The Tongan, who is currently loan at Sheffield Eagles for the rest of this season, is well aware of the greats who have graced the red, amber and black down the years.
“I grew up watching Bradford,” said Uaisele, who was born in Tonga before moving to New Zealand and then making his name in the NRL with Parramatta and Penrith.
“They were a top team with guys like Lesley Vainikolo and I loved watching him when I was a young lad growing up in New Zealand.
“When you consider what that team achieved, it’s a pretty big move for me and I can’t wait to get started.”
Uaisele, a close friend of Bulls prop Manase Manuokafoa, will offer Lowes plenty of versatility in the backline next term.
The amiable 29-year-old, who scored a try in Sheffield’s win at Doncaster last weekend, added: “I can play full back, centre and wing.
“My main focus for next year is to get this great club back into Super League where it belongs.
“I’m playing good footie at the moment and I still feel very young. Some of the boys ask me how old I am and I say ‘I’m still 21!
“I’m starting to enjoy my footie again at Sheffield. I’m there until the end of the year and it’s great because the coach (Mark Aston) is just letting me go out and play.
“He wants me to get my hands on the ball and do what I’m good at, so I’m looking forward to playing the rest of the season there.”
Uaisele, who is based in Castleford with his wife and three boys, said Manuokafoa had given him a ringing endorsement of life at Bradford.
“Nas is a good friend of mine and I played with him at Parramatta and for Tonga,” he explained.
“I’m really close to him and I’ve heard nothing but good things from him about the Bulls and Jimmy Lowes.
“I know a couple of the boys who have played at Bradford this year and everything they have said has been positive about the club.
“You can see the team is going well at the moment and, from my point of view, I’m playing in the Championship now so I know what to expect next year.
“It’s a pretty tough competition but I’m looking forward to playing in it for Bradford next season.”
Head coach Lowes said: “Etu is extremely talented and we are looking forward to having him on board for the next couple of years.
“We have done our research on him and were pleased with what we saw.
“It is great to have him on board as he is very dangerous with the ball, he is fast and has great feet.
“He certainly knows his way to the line and I look forward to seeing him finishing opportunities in a Bulls shirt next year.”