Sam Barlow returns to rugby league with Bradford

Drew Darbyshire

Bradford have signed prop Sam Barlow for 2020 following the completion of his drugs ban. 

The 31-year-old has scored 59 tries in 163 career appearances for Sheffield, Halifax and Leigh.

Barlow has served a four-year drugs ban after being banned for obstructing a UK Anti-Doping control officer during an out-of-competition test. He has recently been training with Halifax but he will join the Bulls for 2020.

Bradford coach John Kear commented: “Sam is a quality player, what we are getting is a very good rugby league player who we need in that middle channel.

“I am delighted we got the deal over the line because he can add something to us in the Championship.

“We are bringing players in and it has taken time – but our philosophy is not to bring anyone in who won’t add value.

“He has had many years at the elite end of the Championship, so we will see a real big plus point and we can see the best of Sam Barlow through next season.”

Barlow added: “I am really happy to get the deal done, I have an opportunity thanks to John and hopefully I can repay his faith on the field.

“I have had a few tussles with Bradford over the years and now I want to start enjoying myself and progressing to being influential out on the pitch for the club.

“I have played with Steve Crossley and Anthony England before and the pack is starting to take shape.

“If we can impose ourselves on the pitch then we can go well this season.”

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