Sykes awarded testimonial

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MAY 01: Paul Sykes of Bradford Bulls gets tackled by Lincoln Withers of Crusaders RL during the Engage Rugby Super League Magic Weekend match between Bradford Bulls and Crusaders RL at Murrayfield on May 1, 2010 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)

Former Great Britain and Bradford stand-off Paul Sykes has been granted a testimonial by the RFL.

Sykes, 36, started his career with the Bulls before making his name at London Broncos.

He returned to the Bulls in 2008 and after four seasons there, has moved on to Wakefield, Featherstone and now Dewsbury.

The Rams’ friendly against Bradford at The Tetley’s Stadium on Sunday January 21 will form part of Sykes’ testimonial celebrations.

He said: “The RFL has kindly granted me a testimonial year, to run throughout 2018, in recognition of my service to Rugby League.

“It’s been one hell of journey throughout my career and I’m lucky enough to still be playing the sport I’ve loved since I was a young boy.

“I would appreciate it if family, friends and fans from across the Rugby League community can help kick start my testimonial year at next Sunday’s match.”

Sykes, who played his junior rugby with Thornhill Trojans, has also played at full back and centre during a distinguished career as a goalkicking playmaker.

He earned five caps for England, scoring 20 points, and made a solitary try scoring appearance for Great Britain.

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