Pryce signs again for hometown club Bradford
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Friday 13 January 2012
After a five-year tour of the country, Karl Pryce has returned to his hometown club Bradford Bulls.
The giant threequarter has agreed a one-year contract at the club where he first showed his potential as a young prodigy in 2003.
The 25-year-old younger brother of the Test stand-off Leon Pryce left Odsal to try his luck in rugby union with Gloucester. Injury blighted his time there and he returned to league with Wigan, who last season loaned him out to Harlequins.
As his return to the Bulls was announced yesterday, Pryce left no doubts that he was back where he feels he belongs.
"I said a couple of years ago that I'd always love to come back to Bradford," he said. In fact, I said that when I left five years ago. I've taken the long way round, but I'm happy to be back with Bradford once again. To play for my hometown club again is special."
Another comeback, of a different kind, was confirmed at Doncaster, who have signed one of the most talented players of his generation, Paul Cooke.
The former Hull and Hull KR stand-off has been out of the game since being released by Wakefield at the end of the 2010 season.
Now 30, he will combine playing for the Championship 1 club with an off-field role which he hopes will lead to a career in administration.
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