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Harrison Becomes Bulls Assistant

Former Halifax boss Karl Harrison moves to Odsal.

Former Halifax head coach Karl Harrison is returning to Bradford Bulls.

The 50-year-old is going to be Jimmy Lowes' assistant, a role he filled under Brian Noble.

Harrison, 50, joins a host of fresh additions to the Bulls' performance staff, with the likes of John Bastian (head of youth), Matt Diskin (Under-19s head coach) and Gary Dempsey (strength and conditioning coach) all on board for 2015.

A former Great Britain and England international, Harrison enjoyed an illustrious playing career, which included stints with Hull, Featherstone and Halifax – the club he joined back in 1992 for a six-figure sum.

He guided Salford to their highest-ever Super League finish of fifth, back in 2006, and Batley and Halifax to memorable Northern Rail Cup triumphs in 2010 and 2012 respectively.

The ex-prop forward admits he is delighted to be returning to the Provident Stadium, Odsal.

Harrison said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me. Everybody within the game expects Bradford to be in the upper echelons of rugby league – and at the top end of the upper echelons of the sport.

“It is also a fantastic opportunity for me to work alongside Jimmy (Lowes) and try to get this great club back to where we think it belongs.

“There is a lot of hard work to be done and Jimmy has recruited a very big roster, which is something I am looking forward to working with.

“With a sizeable squad, you have always got people chomping at your heels and we need to create that competition for places, so everybody is playing to the best of their ability in the first 17.

“The challenge is to mould a team from this 30-man squad and there are a lot of new players, so there is a lot of graft to be put in between now and February.”

Lowes acted as 'Rhino's' assistant during his time at Salford, where Harrison served as head coach for more than five years.

Now in the coaching hot seat himself, the three-time Super League champion and former Man of Steel has spoken of how he acted swiftly to secure Harrison's “invaluable” services.

“I have known Karl for a number of years and am absolutely delighted to have him on board ahead of what is going to be a massive year for us,” added Lowes.

“He is very experienced - at both Super League and Championship level - and is an all-round great guy.

“When he became available, we moved very quickly to bring him in. He is the ideal man to assist me next season and I look forward to working with him.

“He has enjoyed success just about everywhere he has been and we intend to taste similar success next year.

“Karl completes something of a new-look coaching team for the club. I felt the need to freshen things up and I believe I have done so.

“Plenty of new faces have arrived, all of which boast impressive levels of experience and will add a great deal to what we are aiming to do here.”

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