Burke addition aids Bulls


5th March 2014

Wigan Warriors forward Greg Burke has become the latest player to shore up Bradford Bulls' depleted squad.

The 21-year-old prop, who was in the 27-strong Wigan squad that went down under for the World Club Challenge last month and played in Sunday's 46-24 Super League win over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, has joined the Bulls on a month's loan.

He is the fourth loan signing - and second in two days - for Bradford, who have lost three players to other clubs during their financial crisis.

Burke, who made 17 appearances last season for his hometown club, is set to go straight into the Bulls squad for Friday's game at Hull FC, along with other loan recruits Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos), Anthony Mullally (Huddersfield Giants) and Danny Bridge (Warrington Wolves).

Although Bradford are in administration and remain in "special measures", they are permitted to make loan signings as long as they can prove they have the cash flow to fund them.

"Greg is a player I have known for a long time," Bradford coach Francis Cummins said. "He is an impressive young forward.

"He is someone I have, in the past, looked to bring here on loan and I am very excited about what he might produce over the next few weeks or so.

"We believe he will prove a real handful for the opposition and he certainly adds a huge amount to our pack.

"I would like to thank Wigan Warriors and Shaun Wane for allowing him to come to us for a period. We hope to see him further improve with us here at the Bulls."

Wigan coach Shaun Wane, who expects to have props Eddy Pettybourne and Gil Dudson back for Sunday's game at Castleford Tigers, said: "This is a good opportunity for Greg to gain some regular football at the highest level.

"He will come back to us in a month's time, with some Super League game time under his belt.

"Greg is a valuable member of our playing squad but at the moment I can't promise him a regular place in the side.

"But I think both him and the Bulls will benefit from this agreement."