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Kearney bullish about Bradford future

Craig Chisnall 30/06/2011 02:01:14 PM Comments (0)

Former Cronulla full-back Brett Kearney has agreed to extend his stay with Bradford for another two years and has set his sights on helping bring the good times back to the Bulls.

The utility back, who also played for South Sydney in the NRL, signed his new contract this week after impressing in his first 18 months since leaving the Sharks for England.

The Bulls are slowly turning the corner under new coach Mick Potter after a barren five years following their third World Club Challenge win in 2006 against Wests.

The trophy cabinet hasn't been opened since but, having beaten fierce rivals Leeds last weekend, Kearney is convinced things are on the up.

Bradford, who are chasing a place in the top eight for the playoffs, face Catalan Dragons this weekend and Kearney said: "I wouldn't have signed my new contract if I didn't think the club was moving in the right direction and I really believe it is.

"All clubs go through difficult times and we've had that here over the last few years but good things are on the horizon for us.

"You've got to go through the difficult times to enjoy the better periods and we're all ready to do that.

"We're chasing the top-eight spots now but we don't want to be doing that in the next few seasons -- we want to be up challenging for the top four with the leaders.

"The win at Leeds last weekend showed what we are capable of and it's now up to us to perform like that on a consistent basis.

"We've got another really tough test against Catalan now -- they have been one of the top teams of the season. If we could back-up the Leeds win with another it would give everyone a huge boost."

New Zealand international Brent Webb will also remain in the Super League with Leeds next term after rejecting the advances of a host of NRL clubs to sign a new one-year deal.

The Rhinos, who head to champions Wigan on Friday, have struggled for consistency so far this term but Webb is targeting a third title since he joined from New Zealand Warriors in 2007.

"I'm still hungry to achieve more success and that was one of the reasons I signed again here at Leeds," said Webb.

"I want to win more silverware and to do that you have to be surrounded by quality players, as we have here at Leeds."

Meanwhile Matt King has vowed to end his time at Warrington with a bang after he confirmed his plans to move back to the NRL with South Sydney next year.

King has helped the Wolves, who are top of the table, become a huge force since joining from Melbourne Storm in 2008 and they remain on track for an historic league and Challenge Cup double.

Ahead of the trip to Castleford, King said: "It goes without saying what we want to achieve this year.

"To get back to Wembley for a third straight year would be absolutely wonderful and for us to finish on a positive note would be a fairytale for me, but more importantly for the fans, and that's what I'm focusing on trying to achieve."

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