On Sunday, the club announced the signing of powerful second-rower Ryan Esders.
Esders, 25, has joined the Bulldogs from local rivals Dewsbury Rams after an impressive season at the Tetley's Stadium, which had him linked with several other clubs. Hull-born, Esders started his career at Hull Kingston Rovers, but only made two appearances for the Robins prior to joining the then Harlequins RL in Super League. A spell with the York City Knights followed before a link up with the Rams. Primarily a second-row forward, Esders is also comfortable in the three-quarters and will be an excellent addition to the squad for 2013.