Richie Mathers has come out of retirement to sign with the Bradford Bulls for 2016.
The fullback had been at Warrington Wolves operating as the player welfare manager, but he is the latest name to make the switch to Bradford with James Lowes looking to bolster his squad.
Mathers will continue in his role at the Wolves, but will be full-time at the Bulls for this season. The 32 year-old has already expressed his excitement at joining up with his new club.
“I’m really looking forward to the challenge,” Mathers told the club’s official website.
“Speaking to Jimmy and how he wants me to play in the side, I think my experience will be key to the role. The experience is something that you earn over time and Im really looking forward to getting going with the boys.”
“Jimmy sees me as bringing a very specific set of specialist skills to the side in terms of organising the defensive line. I will also be complimenting the squad as it looks to achieve it’s goals.”
Bradford Bulls CEO Robbie Hunter-Paul says that Mathers’ knowledge of playing in both Super League and the NRL will be an asset to Bradford in the coming season.
“Richie Mathers brings a wealth of knowledge to a key position in the spine of the team,” Hunter-Paul told Bradford’s website.
“He’s played in the NRL and Super League and Challenge Cup Finals, in a position that demands expertise. He will offer structure and direction from the back of the field during matches. Whilst also having the ability to find the try line when working with the Bulls’ attacking system.
“Like all the new acquisitions for the 2016 season, Richie will add an extra layer of pressure to the squad as they battle for places in the starting line up.”