BRADFORD Bulls have suffered an off-field blow ahead of the new season, with head of strength and conditioning Kane Daniels leaving the club.

He has taken up an opportunity in Betfred Super League with Leigh Leopards, who are looking to build on a super 2023 campaign.

Winning promotion from the Championship at the end of 2022, last year saw them take the top-flight by storm, as they finished fifth and reached the play-off eliminators.

They did even better in the Challenge Cup, beating Hull Kingston Rovers in the final to lift the trophy for the first time since 1971.

And Daniels, who became Bulls’ head of strength and conditioning in November 2021, having previously performed the same role at Hull KR and Huddersfield Giants, has decided to join the Leigh revolution.

Giving an interview to the Leopards’ in-house media team, Daniels said: “I’ll be overseeing the performance side of things here really.

“That’s looking after the gym-based programmes, all the stuff on the field, in terms of the conditioning, the speed, the plyometrics, the recovery and the general periodisation of the weeks and months during the season.

“I’ve come in at a time where quite a bit of the foundations have already been done for the year, so it’s a case of building upon that and hopefully having a successful 2024 season.”

Daniels has already settled in quickly at Leigh, with the players already giving the bald strength and conditioning coach a new nickname.

He laughed: “I think they’re referring to me as Vin Diesel, but you might not be able to see that while I’m wearing my hat during this interview.

“It’s good, because you need that camaraderie at a club and a new practitioner into the building, it’s good to get that going straight away off the bat really.”