Bradford Bulls have confirmed that George Flanagan will join Betfred League 1 outfit Keighley Cougars on an initial two-week loan deal.

However, there is the option for the move to be extended until the end of the 2024 season.

The 37-year-old has only made six appearances for Bulls so far this season, having last featured for the club in our Round One clash at Wakefield Trinity on Friday, March 15.

With Australian duo Mitch Souter and Tyran Ott both ahead of him in the pecking order, the hooker is struggling for game time.

He has already featured in League 1 this season, featuring alongside team-mate Ben Blackmore for Bulls’ dual registration club Rochdale Hornets, in their win over Newcastle Thunder last month.

Bradford Bulls head coach Eamon O’Carroll, who has kept Flanagan around the group of late despite the veteran not playing, said: “I’d personally like to wish George all the best while out on loan at Keighley.

“He has been great with me since I first arrived at the club, which I’m extremely grateful for.

“He cares about Bradford and is obviously a big part of the club and has been for a number of years.

“While out on loan, he will be missed around the group, but George is desperate to continue playing and showcase what he’s about, so we wish him all the best at Keighley.

“I’m confident he will be a welcome addition to their squad and will help them be successful during his time there.”

Cougars’ chief operating officer, Steve Watkinson, said: “I am keen to build this relationship with Bradford and speaking with (Bulls CEO) Jason Hirst, it’s clear his intentions align with ours.

“Rugby league clubs can be stronger if they work together and at the club we are excited to be at the start of that journey with Bradford.”