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Gale happy with Blythe reunion

Luke Gale and Matty Blythe will be reunited when they run out at Odsal after being brought to the club by new Bulls coach Francis Cummins.

The pair were team-mates for the England youth side and grew up at rival academies at Leeds and Warrington respectively.

While scrum-half Gale is sixth months older than Blythe, he was delighted when the Bulls announced the signing of his old friend on loan from Warrington.

Blythe's capture is seen as a major coup and he will give them another option in the centers and back row.

"I think Matty will be a great addition to our side," said Gale, who is battling to be fit for the start of the season after ankle surgery.

"He's a very good player and was unfortunate at Warrington because they have so many big names.

"I think Matty was just outside Tony Smith's starting 17 so he's been unlucky.

"I've known him since he was 16, having played against Warrington Under-16s and 18s and then played with him for England. He can play anywhere but personally I think he's best at centre.

"He's a very athletic lad and a really nice bloke as well. That's important and is brilliant for us."

Indeed, Gale reckons Blythe's attitude and desire to establish himself as a regular Super League player will hold him in good stead at Odsal.

"Matty went to Leigh a couple of seasons ago in order to play regularly but that what's he like," added the 24-year-old.

"His attitude is fantastic and they are the sort of players you want to bring in.

"Franny has been really smart there. He's brought him in knowing that he's a good lad off the field and I think he will be massive for us this coming year."

"Matty went to Leigh a couple of seasons ago in order to play regularly but that what's he like," added the 24-year-old.

"His attitude is fantastic and they are the sort of players you want to bring in.

"Franny has been really smart there. He's brought him in knowing that he's a good lad off the field and I think he will be massive for us this coming year."

Meanwhile, Blythe is also looking forward to his reunion with Gayle.

"I played with Galey for a brief period at Under-18s level for England and know him well - he's a top guy.

"I didn't know many of the other Bradford players before coming here but I've soon got to know everyone and built some good relationships with the rest of the lads."