Orford leaves Bradford Bulls

Bradford Bulls have confirmed the departure of Australian scrum-half Matt Orford.

Orford, 32, who has agreed to join the Canberra Raiders, only joined the Bulls in January 2010.

The star signing suffered a shoulder injury midway through last season and has secured an early release from his three-year contract, with the Bulls refusing to clarify why he has departed.

Bulls chairman Peter Hood said: "There are valid but strictly confidential reasons why Matt Orford is unable to return to the UK which were unknown to the club last summer when we agreed to his going home for surgery to his damaged shoulder, rather than have the operation here which would have been more usual.

"With the player's permission these reasons have been shared in confidence with the RFL.

"I am pleased to confirm that we have agreed terms on which Matt's registration will be released.

"The issues that previously existed are now 'water under the bridge' - both the club and the player can get on with the rest of their lives.

"The club is free to register a replacement player and Matt, who I understand has made a complete recovery from his shoulder operation, can resume his career in Australia."

Richie Myler.

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