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Lynch sold, Raynor sacked

Hull swoop for Bradford captain

Last Updated: 22/09/11 8:18am

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Bradford Bulls have sacked former Great Britain winger Gareth Raynor and sold captain Andy Lynch to Super League rivals Hull.

The 33-year-old Raynor, who in July signed a new 12-month contract with an option for 2013, has left the club with immediate effect after the Bulls terminated his contract due to a "severe breach of club discipline".

The former Leeds, Hull and Crusaders winger made 20 appearances in his first season at Odsal.

Lynch, 31, had a year left on his contract but has signed a two-year deal with Hull.

Transfer fee

"I have had some great times and made some friends for life. However, after Hull FC made enquiries to Bulls about my availability, I think the time is right and will be beneficial to all parties that I take up their offer of a two-year contract."
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Hull have paid what they say is a "significant six-figure" sum for Lynch, who

has been a virtual ever-present since joining Bradford from Castleford in 2005.

"It has been a great honour to be part of this great club and to lead it on the field," he said.

"I have had some great times and made some friends for life. However, after Hull FC made enquiries to Bulls about my availability, I think the time is right and will be beneficial to all parties that I take up their offer of a two-year contract.

"I am really grateful to Peter Hood for agreeing to release me. I wish him and Bradford Bulls the best for the future."

Bradford chairman Peter Hood said: "I should like to recognise Andy's many years of unstinting service to the club both on and off the field and to wish him well for the future."

Lynch becomes Hull's sixth signing for 2012 and their second front-row recruit following the capture of Wigan's Eamon O'Carroll.

Hull director of rugby Shaun McRae said: "Andy is a terrific professional and a player who has been at the top of his game throughout his career.

"He can look back on his time at Bradford as a very proud man where he has led from the front as captain and claimed numerous awards for his consistently high standard of performances over the last seven years.

"We are delighted to be able to bring a player of his undoubted calibre and experience to our club. That will have an affect on and off the field, as well as adding some real value to a now blossoming front row."

Regret

"It is with regret that Bradford Bulls has to announce that, following a severe breach of club discipline, Gareth Raynor has left the club with immediate effect. The club will be making no further comment on this matter."
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Bradford have declined to shed any light on their decision to release Raynor, whose departure comes just a month after his latest court appearance.

A statement said: "It is with regret that Bradford Bulls has to announce that, following a severe breach of club discipline, Gareth Raynor has left the club with immediate effect.

"The club will be making no further comment on this matter."

In August Raynor was ordered to sell assets to raise £120,000 to pay for a counterfeit scam or face another spell in jail.

The Leeds-born player was given a 15-month prison sentence in May 2010 after being found guilty of selling fake printing ink and games software via auction website eBay but was released in December after signing a 12-month contract with the Bulls.

Police placed legal restraining orders on his luxury home in Brough, East Yorkshire, £70,000 in a bank account, a Porsche Boxster and 4X4 Lexus while Raynor was ordered to pay £120,000 within six months or serve a default period of two years and three months in prison.

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