Young Stars Shine at Player of the Year Awards

The latest crop of young players signed  for the Bradford Bulls at the annual year 11 professional signings evening at Odsal.    The annual BullBuilder young player of the year awards sponsored by GTL Car Spares were also presented.    The awards cover not only U16 and U19 players of the year but also an Academic Achievement Award.

BullBuilder chairman Paul Butterworth said:  “It’s great to celebrate the achievements of the young players coming through the system and give them something to recognise their efforts.    The club has produced some excellent young players and that will continue thanks to our thriving youth set up.   BullBuilder will continue to provide its backing and has raised more money than ever this year thanks to members and supporters.”

The winner of the 2017 BullBuilder Academic Achievement Award goes to Lochlan McGill, award presented by Andrew Chalmers.   Lochlan is a hooker from Stanningley who is in his 1st year of the scholarship.   Head of Youth John Bastian said:  “Lochlan has worked so hard to improve his academic standards this year and the staff are delighted with his progress with his BTEC.   He’s shown a real resilience in completing his work and should be really proud of his achievement this year.”

The winner of the BullBuilder U16 Player of the Year is Anesu Mudoti , award presented by Jon Hamer and Karl Fairbank.    Anesu is a prop from Hunslet Warriors.  John Bastian said “Anesu has made significant improvements over the past 2 years.   He’s got a wonderful attitude and is always working hard to improve himself which made him stand out in the group.   He enjoys work and wants to do well in the game.   He’s also done well at his school Temple Moor and is staying on in the 6th form there so will be a part time professional with the Bulls.”

The winner of the BullBuilder U19 Player of the Year is Evan Hodgson, award presented by Jon Hamer and Karl Fairbank .   Evan is already familiar to supporters of the first team since he’s already made his debut.   A prop or second row from Stanningley John Bastian said “Evan has a good work ethic and rugby brain and still has a lot of improvement in him if he keeps putting in the effort.   He just wants to play and will be sure to figure more in the first team as he progresses.   He too has completed his BTEC this year and is a deserving winner of the U19 player of the year award.

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