BULLS have signed Hull FC star Matty Dawson-Jones on a permanent deal – and coach John Kear has hailed the Super League capture as a “statement of intent”.

Dawson-Jones, who can play centre or on the wing, has signed on a one-year contract – with the option of the club keeping him for a further season.

The 29-year-old has plenty of experience from previous stints with St Helens and Leigh and Kear is thrilled to nail down the deal just ahead of the new Championship campaign.

The Bulls chief said: “He is a quality recruit. He is a Super League player with extensive experience on the wing and in the centres and I am delighted he has agreed to join us.

“I know Matty well and he comes from good stock – with good standards and values and I know he is excited by the opportunity to play regularly.

“We could play him anywhere in the three quarters so he brings quality and versatility and I am sure he will fit in seamlessly.

“What he does defensively is very good but he works hard bringing the ball out of our own end and helping the forwards out.”

Dawson-Jones scored 41 tries in 66 appearances for the Centurions having previously played 50 times for St Helens. He made his senior debut in Super League with Huddersfield.

Kear added: “He will bring experience among our many exciting young players and what I like about him is he is willing to do the dirty work and put a good shift in. He is a very good finisher as well.

“It is a statement of intent because he is quality – quality players coming into what I feel is a quality club, into a quality squad and his signing represents another step forward.”

Dawson-Jones, who is Bulls' seventh new recruit ahead of the new season, has hailed Kear as a huge factor in his decision to join the club.

He said: “I am over the moon to be a Bradford player – after a year out I needed to get back playing and to get interest from a club like the Bulls was massive.

“Being able to work for a coach of John Kear’s stature too was a huge part of the decision – he is a top quality coach and working for him is a great opportunity for me to kickstart my career again.

“I have been around the block a bit now and had some experience in Super League but there is a great training facility at Tong which is a Super League quality facility.

“I am looking forward to getting in and getting started – hopefully I can help some of the younger lads but I can still learn as well, I can still develop my game.

“I will give 100% every week for supporters to try give them what they deserve and try get Bradford fighting for the top spots to get back into Super League.”