ADAM Henry has revealed he snubbed interest from two Super League clubs to become the latest player to sign a new one-year deal at Bradford.
The New Zealander, who arrived from Sydney Roosters during pre-season, has established himself as a first-team regular and featured in five of the Bulls’ six games since Jimmy Lowes was appointed.
The 23-year-old centre said he was keen to repay Lowes’ faith in him by staying at Odsal and being part of next season’s promotion challenge.
Henry said: “My manager advised me to keep my options open and said there was a bit of interest from two other Super League clubs.
“There were a few options and talks without anything being set in stone.
“But Bradford wanted me to stay and the main thing for me was Jimmy.
“He has put a lot of faith in me and pretty much played me every week since he has been here. That was the main reason why I chose to stay.”
Henry was signed by Francis Cummins following a recommendation from ex-Bradford coach Brian Smith.
He has racked up an impressive 23 appearances and scored six tries during his debut campaign in England.
Henry added: “I was lucky enough to play regularly from the start under Franny and he and Lee St Hilaire taught me a lot.
“But Jimmy came in with a fresh approach and has been more ruthless with us in training.
“He said all the hard work would pay off and in the past two games we have beaten Wigan and Leeds.”
Henry admits he is relishing the prospect of helping the Bulls return to Super League at the first attempt.
Next season’s Championship campaign will mark the club’s first season outside of the top flight for over 40 years.
“I’m excited by the challenge,” said Henry.
“You look at the squad we have now and it’s probably only around a third of what it will be when it’s complete.
“I’ve spoken to Sam Wood about the Championship and he said it’s rough – the pitches are different and everyone has a bit more mongrel in them.
“But yes, I’m excited by it. I know Jimmy sees me as very much a centre but I’m versatile too.
“The fans have been very welcoming and I’d like to thank them for all the love they given me since I came to Bradford.
“We have got four games left and we believe we can win them all. Finishing the season with six straight wins would be fantastic.”
Lowes’ squad is fast taking shape after Henry joined Tom Olbison, Adam Sidlow, Lee Gaskell, Dale Ferguson and Adam O’Brien in agreeing to stay at Odsal.
The Bulls head coach, who has also signed five new recruits, said: “Adam is a player with great attacking flair and I like a lot of what he does.
“He certainly has something to offer the team and I’m hoping, over the next few years, he can flourish and become a key figure in our side.
“He is young and still has a lot to learn, but has bags of potential and I’m delighted that we have been able to secure his services.
“He’s happy to be here and we are happy to have him on board on for next season.”