Paul Sykes in permanent Wakefield switch


Paul Sykes has completed a permanent move from Bradford to Wakefield following a successful loan spell.

Sykes, 31, helped the Wildcats to a top eight finish after joining the club on loan in March, kicking last gasp drop goal winners in the games against St Helens and Hull KR.

He said: “I’m so pleased it’s all done and dusted because I didn’t know if I was going back to Bradford or going to get the opportunity to sign for Wakefield, so I am glad it’s over the line now.

“I wasn’t playing much at Bradford and wasn’t getting much game time so to play 21 games on the trot at Wakefield was pretty exciting times for myself.

“I really enjoyed myself and my time on loan so I just wanted it to continue. I’m really excited as to what is to come. We are having a bit of a break now but I am glad to get it all sorted and I’m already looking forward to the new season.”

Sykes played in every single game for the Wildcats after his arrival, scoring 155 Super League points.

Head Coach Richard Agar said: “We’re pleased to get the deal done.

“His move to play at stand-off was probably a turning point for us and a strong factor in our showing in the second half of the year.

“The change of environment has been really good for Paul and he’s enjoyed his football with us.  He became an integral part of what we’re trying to achieve.

“He’s at the stage of his career where he’s a seasoned, experienced professional and knows the game really well.  He has found his role in our team and complimented the styles of the players around him as well as giving us an all important kicking game.”

Sykes, a former Great Britain and England international, started his career at Bradford, before a six year spell in the capital with Harlequins.

He returned to Bradford at the start of the 2008 season, and made a further 100 appearances for the Bulls, adding to the 10 he made for the Odsal club between 1999 and 2002.


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