BULLS have announced that Ebon Scurr has signed a new two-year deal to remain at the club until at least the end of 2023.

The Bradford Academy product burst on to the scene in 2019, making his debut against Barrow, before becoming an ever present in 2020.

Scurr made 16 appearances in 2021, scoring three tries, and the club have fought off interest from a number of Super League clubs for the young forward’s signature.

Hull and St Helens were among those reportedly keen to sign the talented prop, and only last week, Bulls skipper Steve Crossley confessed he was desperate for the youngster to stay put.

And Scurr has answered the captain's wishes by putting pen to paper on this new deal.

He said: “I am really glad to have got it sorted, especially to have got a two-year deal, which is a good thing for me.

“I am looking to improve my fitness so I am able to player longer minutes in matches and have the impact that I do for a longer period of time.

“I feel like the (foot) injury came at a bad time last season but I think things happen for a reason, injuries happen it’s a contact sport but it has rested me ahead of this year if anything.

“I just want to get ripped into pre-season, and try to get in the best condition I can physically before the season starts, so I can be as much of an influential player as I can.

“It is an honour really to see the support, coming through here and then playing and hearing the fans chant your name, it is surreal.

“When you watch games as a kid and hear fans chanting names, it is a dream for you as a player, and the fans are amazing so it is great to get that recognition from them.”

Bradford head coach John Kear has spoken of his joy at having seen the club tie a homegrown product down to another two years, despite interest from elsewhere.

Kear beamed: “I am absolutely delighted.

“It has been well documented that there have been Super League clubs interested in Ebon and I understand why, but I am absolutely delighted to have got his signature for two years.

“That in itself is a bonus because one, he is a very good rugby league player and two, he came through our system, so it is good to show we can hang on to these players despite Super League interest.

“Ebon knows the two years brings stability, I have spoken to him about where I feel he can improve, he knows where he can improve also, and it is about putting those strategies into practice.

“He will have to train well in pre-season and perform well in the trial games as unlike last year, we have competition in every position, which gives me a great deal of joy.”