JIMMY Lowes admitted the Bulls were second-best yesterday as their three-match winning streak came to an end but welcomed the signing of Danny Williams on a two-year deal.
Castleford bounced back from their Challenge Cup final defeat with a 32-18 win, with Lee Gaskell bagging a hat-trick for the Bulls.
In the end it was not enough as Daryl Clark’s lung-bursting run saw him outpace a handful of Bradford players to confirm the Tigers’ win.
Williams, meanwhile, will be a Bradford player until at least the end of 2016 after joining on loan from Salford earlier in the season.
“I was really excited about coming to Bradford to begin with, so am obviously delighted to be extending my stay,” said the 27-year-old winger.
“This is a club with big ambitions for the future and I want to be a part of what is eventually achieved here.
“I love working with James Lowes and am excited about what the next couple of years could bring.
“I am happy with how I have performed since joining the Bulls but, most importantly, I am happy to be part of this team.
“With the way the squad is shaping up for next year, I think our supporters can be confident of us making an immediate return to Super League.
“I fully intend to keep fit and find my very best form in order to help ensure that happens.”
Lowes added: “Danny is a very experienced player with age on his side.
“I’m really pleased that the deal has gone through, as I feel Danny provides good competition out wide.
“Wherever he has gone in the past, he has always worked extremely hard and that is what I like about him. His attitude is first class.”
The Bulls have also confirmed that Jamie Foster will be leaving the club at the end of the season.
On the Cas defeat, which ended the Bulls’ three-match winning run, Lowes said: “Everything about us was very poor in the first half – slow passes, slow movement and we were soft in defence.
“We just didn’t compete at all in that first half. We were at 50 per cent completion rate and we probably had to make double the tackles Castleford did.
“We never gave ourselves a chance so I’m very disappointed with that and the guys understand that we can’t have that.
“Second half I thought we were great – we moved quicker, ran harder and our tackling was better.
“We clawed our way back into the game with some great tries and playing some decent rugby as well.
“Then up stepped Daryl Clark and we completely switched off. He went away and the game changed from that point.”
On Gaskell’s contribution, Lowes added: “He was very good in the second half. He’s a runner, he’s very good at it, and he took his chances extremely well on the back of some decent rugby from us.”