Oldham forward Danny Bridge is set to return to the field against West Wales on Saturday after serving a nine-month ban for assaulting a referee.
The 26-year-old picked up his nine-month suspension last July for assaulting match official Cameron Worsley during their League 1 defeat to Keighley Cougars.
Bridge pleaded guilty to a Grade F charge of assault on a match official and an independent operational rules tribunal also fined him £75.
.@Roughyeds player Danny Bridge has been banned for nine months and fined £75 for this assault on a match official in a game against @Cougarmania a fortnight ago. #rugbyleague pic.twitter.com/Pyp3ToQeMY
— Serious About RL ? (@seriousaboutrl) July 24, 2018
The Ireland international is in contention to make his return to action for Saturday’s trip to Stebonheath Park to face West Wales Raiders.
Reflecting on his ban, Bridge said: “Anyone who knows me, and knows how I play rugby, knows that for anything like that to happen was completely out of character.
“It’s seemed a long time to be out, especially on gamedays.
“It was hard watching when you wanted to be playing, but there were odd occasions last summer when I was able to do things that I hadn’t been able to do since I was 16, like going to Spain with some mates for a few days.
“There’s nothing to compare with playing though and I’m really looking forward to it now, it’s coming close.”