BRADFORD BULLS are delighted to announce the launch of a partnership with the UK’s newest professional side Coventry Bears.
The agreement will allow members of James Lowes’ squad to appear for the Kingstone Press League One outfit throughout the course of 2015 via dual-registration.
And the two clubs are to work together on a commercial basis, with Bulls officials aiding the Midlands outfit’s development following their arrival in rugby league’s professional ranks.
Founded in 1998, the Bears, who play out of Butts Park Arena, were crowned RLC Western Division champions in 2000 and have since gone on to claim a host of other awards.
Coventry were granted permission to join the National Conference League two years ago and last summer were told they would be competing in the sport’s third tier in 2015.
Bulls managing director Steve Ferres said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the Bears for the coming season.
“These are exciting times for both clubs and we want to help Coventry adapt to life outside of the community game.
“The club has been working extremely hard during the past two seasons, both commercially and in terms of recruitment, and we will aid that in any way we can.
“They will have access to some of our players, which will prove mutually beneficial, and we look forward to seeing how the partnership develops.”
“It has been fantastic for us to strike up a relationship with the Bulls, a club I have admired for many years,” added Ferres’ Bears opposite Alan Robinson.
“I have begun to develop a great relationship with both Steve Ferres and Marc Green off the field while Tom Tsang, our head coach, has been working with James Lowes on it.
“There is already great synergy between our clubs. This is not only a dual-registration partnership but a business one also.
“We hope to take every opportunity to grow and build our club alongside the Bulls.
“This is a new era for rugby league and I feel this sort of opportunity is a milestone in our club’s development in the sport.”