London Broncos sign Jay Pitts from Bradford Bulls
Rhys Lovegrove retires at age 29 due to head injury
By Charlotte Bates
Last Updated: 26/08/16 12:29pm
London Broncos have confirmed the signing of utility forward Jay Pitts on a two-year deal.
The 26-year-old forward, who has spent the last two years with the Bulls, will join his current Bradford Bulls team-mate Adrian Purtell in the capital from 2017.
London coach Andrew Henderson said: "We're really excited to have secured a player like Jay in his prime.
"He has played most of his career so far in the Super League with some strong clubs in this country, and considering his age, that is an impressive feat, and hopefully we will see him back in the Super League with London."
Former Wakefield, Leeds and Hull second rower Pitts added: "I'm thrilled to have been offered the opportunity to play with London.
"You can see the Broncos are building a team for a successful future and whether or not they gain promotion this year, they'll give it a really good push."
Meanwhile, former London forward Rhys Lovegrove, who moved to Bradford a year ago, has announced his retirement at the age of 29 due to a head injury and will join the Bulls coaching staff.
Lovegrove made more than 100 appearances for Hull KR before joining the Broncos and has not played since suffering a serious concussion in a Challenge Cup-tie at Dewsbury in March.
"It's unfortunate the circumstances in which Rhys prematurely finished his career in his time with the Bulls as a player," said Bradford coach Rohan Smith.
"But Rhys has got a lot to offer as far as development of youth goes, plus he'll be a part of our physical performance staff, so he's got an opportunity to add some skills there."