In the build up to this Friday’s fixture between the two clubs, Canadian outfit Toronto Wolfpack have announced a dual registration partnership with fallen Super League giants Bradford Bulls.
A published Bulls’ club statement read that “the partnership will increase the number of players available for the upcoming season, adding strength in depth for the push for promotion” and emphasised the affect the agreement will have off the field with both clubs set to share marketing expertise. There is, of course, also the Brian Noble link between the two clubs with Toronto’s current Director of Rugby having been one of the Bulls’ most successful ever coach. Along with the likes of John Kear of Bradford and Paul Rowley of the Wolfpack, Noble ensures that there is ample coaching knowledge between the two clubs which, if shared, could benefit both clubs in a huge way.
The friendly match on Friday is set to be the first of an annual trial between the two clubs and, having exchanged leagues at the end of last season, Bradford will be hoping that – aided by the dual registration agreement – they will be starring in the 2019 Betfred Championship competition alongside the Canadians. Toronto, however, will be hoping for bigger things and will be pushing close for a top four berth this season and, with it, entry into the Middle 8s and, if all goes to plan, a Super League place in 2019.