PROLIFIC try scorer Kieran Gill is bringing his finishing power to Odsal after signing a two-year deal with the Bulls.

The 25-year-old, who came through the academy ranks at Castleford, notched up 48 tries in 43 appearances for Newcastle Thunder – including 14 in the Championship this season.

Gill becomes the first new recruit for 2022 and the 6ft 3in flyer is excited at the prospect of performing in front of the Bulls fans.

“It is great to have got the deal over the line,” he said. “I had a great time at Newcastle but now is the time for a new challenge and to be back home in Yorkshire.

“There is a lot of experience in the Bradford side and the club is going places a lot of clubs want to – this is the path I want to be on.

“As an away player it is a big ordeal going to Odsal with the home supporters against you. So, to be able to class them as my home supporters is on a different level and I can’t wait to show them what I am capable of.

“My aim is to get into Super League with Bradford – having spoken to John Kear and Mark Dunning that is what drove me to the club.

“I just want to prove my worth week in, week out while scoring tries and picking up points with the team.

“I am a calm, level-headed bloke, I want to do everything I can for the team and take them hard yards and then hopefully retrieve the rewards on the back of it."

Gill made his senior debut for the Tigers in 2016 and scored four tries at the Super League club. He enjoyed successful loan spells at Oldham before heading for the north-east.

Kear admitted that Gill is a player he has admired for a long time.

The Bulls coach said: “He went to Newcastle and demonstrated just what a good strike player he is.

“He can play anywhere in the three-quarters, he adds competition and he is a tall kid so he is good under the high ball. He is a significant and important signing.

“I was surprised when Castleford let him go. I watched him in his junior career but when he left, he has looked accomplished in League One and in the Championship.

“You only have to look at the try-scoring charts. Although he is at Newcastle, who aren’t towards the top end of the table, he is still up there.

“That gives the fans an indication as to why we have worked to get him here. He is a part of the jigsaw.”