Bradford bring in Fakir

Struggling Bradford have bolstered their pack by signing France international Jamal Fakir.

The prop, who featured for his country at last year's World Cup, becomes the first recruit for the Bulls since new owner Marc Green completed his takeover at the Provident Stadium.

Fakir was available after leaving Catalan Dragons in March; the 31-year-old ended his long association with the Perpignan-based club having refused to play in the domestic French league with their reserve side, Saint Esteve XIII.

Bulls boss Francis Cummins is delighted with the latest addition to his squad and insists the front rower will not be the last recruit as they look to avoid relegation.

Extremely happy

"We are extremely happy to have Jamal on board, he will be massive for us going forward," said Cummins.

"To bring in someone of Jamal's experience and quality, at this stage of the season, I would deem a massive coup for this club.

"We only want to bring players here that add something to the team and improve our chances of success. In Jamal, I believe we have done that.

"He brings a great deal of experience, given his impressive track record. Jamal is a player who has appeared on the international stage and - for a number of years - in Super League.

"We are working hard to further bolster the current roster, as we enter the next phase of the season."

Bradford currently sit bottom of Super League after being hit with a six-point deduction for going into administration. They are still on minus two at the foot of the standings, four adrift of the 10th-placed Dragons.