Bulls re-sign Blythe as duo depart
Bradford Bulls have continued their preparations for life in the Championship by re-signing former Warrington Wolves utility player Matty Blythe and confirming the departure of wingers Elliot Kear and Luke George.
Kear, 25, a Welsh international, has spent the last three seasons with the Bulls after joining them from Crusaders while George, 26, moved to Bradford from Huddersfield Giants a year ago.
Blythe, 25, who has signed a new two-year contract, is the 14th player to be retained by the relegated Bulls and, with six confirmed signings so far, takes coach James Lowes' squad numbers for 2015 to 20.
"I am over the moon to be staying and, in truth, wanted to stay all along," said Blythe.
"There were offers elsewhere and it came down to a choice of Bradford Bulls or a Super League club but I had no intentions of walking away.
"I love being here and want to achieve something special as a Bradford player.
"The club has done a fantastic job in keeping the bulk of our current squad together for next year, which only made my decision easier."
Blythe spent seven seasons at Warrington, including a spell under Lowes as head coach.
"I am delighted Matty has decided to crack on with us next year," said Lowes.
"He is a selfless player who always gives 110 per cent, bringing masses of enthusiasm to the team. There is no doubt he will be a key figure for us next year.
"One of his key attributes is his versatility. Matty can play just about anywhere and do a fantastic job. That will be priceless for us next season."