Featherstone Rovers: Briggs joins Bradford Bulls

Featherstone Rovers today began the search for a new stand-off after star man Kyle Briggs joined Bradford Bulls on a two-year deal.

Bulls have paid an undisclosed transfer fee for the former Leeds Rhinos academy player, who scored 20 tries and 117 goals in 26 appearances for Rovers last season.

Coach Daryl Powell said Rovers have "done well" out of the deal and he believes Briggs will be a success in the top-flight, but admitted the timing is far from ideal.

"It's pretty close to the season, so it's going to make an impact," he said. "We will be looking to replace Kyle.

"We've got Andy Kain who is a natural replacement at stand-off, but we'll be looking at either six (stand-off] or nine (hooker], depending on what's available.

"It's not easy at this time of year, but it's important we replace him pretty quickly. We are on the lookout for a quality player and we've got a few irons in the fire."

Powell is "delighted" for 23-year-old Briggs, who will fly with Bulls' senior squad to Lanzarote tomorrow for their pre-season camp.

"He's a quality individual and I've been proud to see him develop within the club over the last 18 months/two years," said the Rovers boss, whose side begin their Northern Rail Cup campaign next month. "It is a great opportunity for him and I hope he'll be able to take it. I am confident he is a player who can step up and have an impact at Super League level."

Briggs' contract includes an option for a third season. He is a former Stanningley amateur and also had a spell with Doncaster.

He said the move "came out of the blue" and added: "It was an opportunity I just couldn't turn down.

"To get the chance to join Bradford is fantastic and I'd like to thank Featherstone for agreeing to release me.

"I'm sad to be leaving, but opportunities like this don't come around that often. I owe a lot to Daryl Powell and (assistant coach) Ryan Sheridan, they've done wonders for me over the last couple of years."

Coach Mick Potter revealed Briggs has been "on Bradford's radar for a couple of years" and he said: "It's an opportunity for Kyle to show

what he's got."

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