BRADFORD Bulls Scholarship head coach Mark Dunning has spoken of his pride as his Under-16s rounded off their 2019 campaign with a stunning win over Castleford Tigers.

The eight-game season came to its end at Odsal Stadium with Bradford 32-22 victors over the previously undefeated Tigers.

Last week saw six starlets of Dunning’s squad sign professional contracts with the club, with more set to follow.

And Dunning admits the players will benefit from their experiences throughout the year.

“It was a really good game by two really good teams and I thought Castleford contributed really well,” said Dunning.

“Our boys – in particular some of the younger ones – showed up and did themselves proud.

“It was a topsy turvy game, really good for a neutral and it was a really good day and I am delighted they have come out on the right side.

“The most pleasing thing is they took what happened against Leeds on the chin and put right the wrongs, and I am delighted with the contributions of everyone.

“This is a special group and it has been a pleasure to work with them all.

“I have to pay big 'wraps' to the staff who have helped this year. Some are volunteers who come to work in wind, rain and snow and do not get paid.

“We are delighted with how many are moving on into the Under-18s and they will be loads better for their experiences this year.”