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Bryn Hargreaves urges Bradford Bulls to retain Manase Manuokafoa
Bryn Hargreaves believes securing the services of prop Manase Manuokafoa on a new contract would be a “massive boost” to the Bulls.
Manuokafoa, a close-season signing from Parramatta, enjoyed an outstanding debut campaign and became a firm favourite after a series of barnstorming displays.
Few can speak with more authority about Manuokafoa’s qualities than Hargreaves, who lined up alongside the Tonga international in the front row for much of the season.
Hargreaves has since announced his retirement as he pursues a career outside of rugby league but is hoping that Manuokafoa stays at Odsal .
The Bulls are currently talking to the out-of-contract 27-year-old and several other players about new deals.
Hargreaves, 26, said: “Manase signing a new contract would be a massive boost not only to Bradford but to Super League.
“I’d single Manase out as an outstanding performer at the Bulls in 2012. In fact, I’d go so far as to say he’s probably the best overseas signing in Super League this year.
“He’s been absolutely brilliant, a real revelation, which is testament to the hard work he’s put in.
“He struggled in the first training session but since then he worked so hard.
“He lost a lot of weight and got very fit. Hopefully he can get himself sorted and stay at Bradford.”
The Bulls will tonight host their first fans' forum since the club was bought by Omar Khan and Gerry Sutcliffe.
The new owners will be joined in the Coral Stand by coach Francis Cummins and a number of players.
Meanwhile, Bulls star John Bateman has been nominated for the Stobart Super League young player of the year award, along with Josh Jones of St Helens and Leeds full back Zak Hardaker.