BOYHOOD Bulls fan Vila Halafihi has become the 14th addition to Jimmy Lowes' squad for next season after agreeing a one-year deal.
The former Leeds Rhinos academy hooker has spent the past year in Australia with Penrith Panthers, where he has been successfully plying his trade in the club's under-20s side.
The 20-year-old has been working under former Australia international Trent Barrett and is keen to make his mark at Odsal.
"Coming home is a big step forward for my career after a really exciting and challenging year with the Panthers," said Hull-born Halafihi.
"I'm a massive Bradford Bulls fan, so feel absolutely privileged to have signed for such a great club.
"Bradford was the first team I ever supported and I want to play a part in helping return the club to its former glory.
"I have had a great apprenticeship and am privileged to say Trent Barrett has been coaching me all season. I have learnt a huge amount from him. He has really added to my game.
"Joining the Bulls is a huge opportunity for me – one which I was quick to grasp."
Halafihi, whose father Nick played for Hull KR, Sheffield and London, worked with Lowes in the academy at Leeds.
"From the minute the club approached me, I have been getting excited about the prospect of working with James Lowes again," he said.
"He was with the Rhinos when I was there and to have someone who has won such a long list of trophies while playing my position will be fantastic for me going forward.
"The club are doing a great job on the recruitment front and I have certainly been keeping an eye on the way the squad is shaping up.
"There are some exciting names already on board and there is a pretty good mix of talent in place.
"Competition for places is always healthy and I am really looking forward to fighting for a spot in the Bradford team."
"We have some very talented hookers already on board and I expect Vila to only add to what they bring to the team," said Lowes.
"Vila has a great understanding of the game. He comes with an impressive pedigree for someone of his age and I believe he has the ability to go far.
"I fully expect him to be pushing his peers all the way for a spot in the first 17 next season, while adding a level of depth for us.
"Vila knows his way to the line and, from my time with him at Leeds, I know he has all of the right ingredients.
"He is a good all-round athlete, boasting bags of potential and ability. This is a signing I am excited about and I look forward to seeing him get stuck in to pre-season training."
Halafihi is due to arrive in the UK in October, prior to the start of pre-season training.