Sykes is Bulls bound

Great Britain centre Paul Sykes returns to the Bulls

By Stephen Pass.   Last Updated: 04/09/07 11:48am

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Sykes: Bradford bound.

Sykes: Bradford bound.

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It's a blast from the past for Bradford as Great Britain centre Paul Sykes is returning next season after almost seven years away.

The current Harlequins player is teaming back up with the Bulls after securing a release from the two years left on his contract with the Londoners.

Sykes, 26, has secured a two-year deal with the Bulls, with whom he made 19 appearances previously.

Welcoming his return to the Bulls, Sykes told the Bradford Telegraph & Argus: "A lot has changed at Bradford since the first time around and I think there's only Paul Deacon and Jamie Langley still there.

"But I'm ready for a fresh challenge and I'm hoping to move back north to win some silverware. Bulls are always challenging and I'm glad I'm going to be a part of that.

"Also, my girlfriend has just given birth to our first child and we want to be closer to our family."

The Dewsbury-born player, who made his Great Britain debut this summer, has moved to the Bulls for an undisclosed fee and will replace Australia-bound Ben Harris.

Delighted

Bradford coach Steve McNamara said: "I'm absolutely delighted to have secured an outstanding English centre.

"There's a dearth of English centres in the competition but Paul is on the fringes of the Great Britain squad."

Sykes is believed to be one of at least five new faces lined up by McNamara for 2008.

Others poised to move to Odsal include Wakefield duo Ben Jeffries and Semi Tadulala, along with Huddersfield centre or second row Chris Nero and Hull hooker Wayne Godwin, while the Bulls are also being linked with Salford loose forward Simon Finnigan.

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