Rugby League: Bradford's Odsal plan given the green light

BRADFORD BULLS are the closest they have ever been to transforming Odsal into a stadium that fits their aspirations. The club, with the backing of Bradford Council, has announced plans for a 33,000 all-seater venue.

The blueprint would see Odsal's familiar bowl filled to road level, with the pitch turned through 90 degrees. It still has to gain planning permission and there are environmental concerns over methane at the former tip.

The stadium has been earmarked for equally ambitious redevelopment in the past, only for the schemes to fall through. The difference this time is that the club and council are working together and that a firm of developers with a proven track record is on board. "Sterling built the Stadium of Light for Sunderland and this will be a smaller version of that," said the Bulls spokesman, Stuart Duffy.

Work is due to start at the end of this season and would be completed in time for the 2002 season. The club would need an alternative home for 2001, with Bradford City's Valley Parade the favourite. The Bulls have also announced a new major sponsor - the Bradford-based leisure group, Skylark. "These are tremendous times for the Bradford Bulls," said their chairman, Chris Caisley. "A lot of things are coming together, with the council's plans for the stadium and this tremendous deal from a local company."

The new Sheffield Eagles club have announced four signings, headed by the former Great Britain second-rower Michael Jackson, who played for the previous Eagles when they beat Wigan at Wembley last year. The others are the Leeds scrum-half, Gavin Brown, the Keighley half-back or hooker, Chris Robinson, and John Strange, an Australian full-back who has played for Featherstone and York. "These are the sort of players we can build around and there are plenty more to come," said the club's player-coach, Mark Aston.

The Northern Ford Premiership fixtures, completed now that Sheffield have been admitted, start with Dewsbury visiting Batley on Boxing Day in a noon kick-off. The champions, Hunslet, start the following day at home to Keighley.

The League is to clamp down on the proliferation of water-carriers scurrying on and off the field during matches. In future, they will only be allowed on to the playing area after a try has been scored.

Clubs have backed the League's efforts to change the international rule on substitutes to allow a total of eight changes involving four replacement players, rather than the unlimited interchange in vogue at the moment.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
techApp to start sending headlines, TV clips and ads to your phone
Arts and Entertainment
Taylor Swift crawls through the legs of twerking dancers in her 'Shake It Off' music video
musicEarl Sweatshirt thinks so
Life and Style
tech
Arts and Entertainment
Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan in What If
filmReview: Actor swaps Harry Potter for Cary Grant in What If
News
Our resilience to stress is to a large extent determined by our genes
science
Caption competition
Caption competition
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Asset Finance Solicitor

Highly Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: CITY - ASSET FINANCE - An outstanding...

HR Analyst - Banking - Bristol - £350-£400

£350 - £400 per day: Orgtel: HR Analyst - Banking - Bristol - £350 - £400 per ...

Assistant Marketing & PR Manager

£16 - £17 per hour: Ashdown Group: Marketing & PR Assistant - Kentish Town are...

Project Manager (App development, SAP, interfacing)

£50000 - £60000 Per Annum + excellent company benefits: Clearwater People Solu...

Day In a Page

Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment