BULLS Lee Gaskell and Dale Ferguson have today committed their futures to Bradford, after agreeing new contracts with the club.
The pair have each put pen to paper on fresh two-year deals, keeping them at the Provident Stadium until at least the end of the 2016 season.
Twenty-six-year-old Scotland international Ferguson, who starred in last year’s World Cup, joined the Bulls last year.
The former Huddersfield, Hull KR and Wakefield back-rower is nearing a return to First:Utility Super League action and club officials have acted swiftly to secure his services.
Like Ferguson, Gaskell was another new addition for 2014 and the 23-year-old half-back has proved a key figure in the red, amber and black of Bradford.
The sought-after former St Helens and Salford talent has extended his stay with the Bulls and admits he did not hesitate in doing so.
“I wanted to stay with Bradford regardless and am really excited by Jimmy’s long-term plans for the club,” said Gaskell, who has made 15 league appearances for the Bulls this term.
“It looks as though there could be a host of new faces coming in and it would be nice to see a few of the other boys stay put too.
“I just want to be able to go out there, give my all and perform in Bulls colours because I love it here.”
Ferguson is aiming to bounce back with a bang in 2015 after being hampered by numerous injury setbacks this year, resulting in just a handful of outings since arriving at the club.
“I have had an extremely frustrating season but the Bulls have really stood by me,” explained the one-time England Knights man.
“I owe a huge amount to everyone involved with the club and I am determined to pay back the faith shown in me.
“I am really looking forward to the future and am relishing the challenges ahead.”
Coach James Lowes has described the re-signing of Gaskell and Ferguson as “just the start”, with building work for next season now well underway.
“Both Lee and Dale are of high quality and we believe it is vital to our future success to retain as many members of our current squad as possible,” insisted the Bulls boss.
“Regardless of what division we ply our trade in, quality is of great importance in terms of future success.
“Lee is going to be a key figure for us in the middle of the park and, as we have seen this season, he can be very versatile.
“Dale’s attitude is great – he is fantastic to have around the place. He is certainly a team player and I am excited about what he will bring to the party next year and beyond.
“This is a very strong club, with a bright future ahead, and, to those doubting that, I believe this announcement is a real statement of intent.
“We are in the process of building a squad for next season and this is just the start for us.”
Lee Gaskell and Dale Ferguson are proudly sponsored by Hudson Foster and Helen Butterworth respectively.
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