Salford’s Elliot Kear to join part-time Bradford so he can pursue career in fire service

Wales captain Elliot Kear is to quit Super League and become a part-time player at his old club Bradford to enable him to forge a career as a fire fighter.

The 32-year-old centre or full-back joined Salford from London Broncos ahead of the 2020 season but will leave with the Red Devils’ blessing at the end of the month.

Salford director of rugby and operations Ian Blease said: “When Elliot told me he would like to take up a new role in the fire brigade and explained the reasons why, I completely understood.

“As a club, we aim to assist our players in their life and career journey post rugby league, so our decision to allow Elliot to leave is the perfect opportunity for him to now go and build his career off the pitch as well as playing part-time rugby.

“Elliot has been an absolute pleasure to work with and he will leave with my best wishes for the future for himself and his family.”

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Kear, who made 59 appearances for Bradford when they were in Super League from 2012-14, will link up at the Championship club with his namesake John Kear, the Bradford and Wales head coach.

The Cardiff-born Kear has won 27 caps and is expected to lead Wales in the end-of-season World Cup.

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