Bulls secure stars of future

Relegated Bradford Bulls have agreed new deals with promising teenagers Alex Mellor, Nathan Conroy, Sam Bates and Adam Brook as they look to bounce back to the Super League at the first attempt.

Back-row forward Mellor and hooker Conroy, both 19, have signed 12-month deals, while 18-year-old prop Bates and 19-year-old half-back Brook have secured two-year contracts.

Mellor has made nine substitute Super League appearances over the last two years and is tipped by Bulls coach James Lowes for a bright future.

"Alex is an exceptional young player who has risen through the club's academy ranks in recent years," said Lowes, who now has an 18-strong squad for 2015.

"He has all of the attributes and potential to become a key player here."

Conroy made his Super League debut in the 58-6 triumph over Huddersfield Giants last summer and will provide Conroy with another hooking option for 2015.

Brook, who can play either stand-off or scrum-half, was a standout performer for the club's Academy side in 2014.

Bates impressed during Bradford's league triumph over Warrington Wolves back in May and is tipped to be a future first-team fixture.