Bradford Bulls: Adrian Purtell's comeback bid faces final test

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Adrian Purtell is hoping to be given a clean bill of health by cardiologist Sanjay Sharma Adrian Purtell is hoping to be given a clean bill of health by cardiologist Sanjay Sharma

Adrian Purtell will undergo tests today which will determine whether he can resume his playing career.

The Bulls centre has not played since suffering a heart attack in the aftermath of the Magic Weekend defeat to Leeds at the Etihad Stadium on May 27.

Over six months on, he will face a series of stress tests on his heart at the hands of cardiologist Sanjay Sharma at St George’s Hospital in London.

An MRI scan at Leeds General Infirmary last week tested the structure of Purtell’s heart and the initial feedback was positive.

Now, crucially, the function of Purtell’s heart will be tested in a series of exercise stress tests, which will include running on a treadmill and an ultrasound.

Professor Sharma is regarded as the country’s leading sports cardiologist and is spearheading the RFL’s cardiac screening process.

Purtell was told in early September that his heart had repaired itself well and he reported back for pre-season training before being given squad number two for the 2013 campaign.

He should know the full results of his tests within the next week but possibly sooner, and will then be advised l Continued on Page 35by Professor Sharma whether he can play again.

Purtell will be accompanied to St George’s by the Bulls’ head of strength and conditioning Tom Clough and physio Dan Ramsden.

“Ever since I got that positive news when I went to St George’s last time I've had hopes of playing again,” said Purtell.

“The more I’ve been training, I guess those hopes have become greater.

“I’m just hoping for the best from this trip and then we’ll take it from there.

“Everyone at the club has been really supportive and it’s good to have a squad number.

“Tom Clough and Dan Ramsden will see the tests first-hand and I guess they’ll have a few questions for the doctor as well. Hopefully I'll get some good news”

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7:35am Wed 5 Dec 12

THEMANOFSTEEL says...

Good luck Adrian
Good luck Adrian THEMANOFSTEEL

7:52am Wed 5 Dec 12

Blotto says...

Lets hope you get the Xmas pressie you deserve
Lets hope you get the Xmas pressie you deserve Blotto

8:09am Wed 5 Dec 12

AdeyG'man says...

Here's hoping it's good news and we see the best out of Adrian Purtell in 2013.
Here's hoping it's good news and we see the best out of Adrian Purtell in 2013. AdeyG'man

8:21am Wed 5 Dec 12

Mumby was the best says...

Here`s hoping it`s good news for you Adrian and also the Bulls.
Here`s hoping it`s good news for you Adrian and also the Bulls. Mumby was the best

8:37am Wed 5 Dec 12

Uglytruth says...

all the best Adrian
all the best Adrian Uglytruth

8:37am Wed 5 Dec 12

Uglytruth says...

all the best Adrian
all the best Adrian Uglytruth

8:40am Wed 5 Dec 12

Solomon Grundy says...

Best of luck to the guy.
Best of luck to the guy. Solomon Grundy

9:18am Wed 5 Dec 12

Carlos66 says...

Good luck hope all goes well.
Good luck hope all goes well. Carlos66

9:22am Wed 5 Dec 12

Steam Pigs says...

Good luck Purts
Good luck Purts Steam Pigs

9:44am Wed 5 Dec 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

Lets hope its good news for him and we only need 3 further signings.
Lets hope its good news for him and we only need 3 further signings. ifallwerelikemumby

10:15am Wed 5 Dec 12

Videoref says...

Good luck feller, I came through it, hope you do
Good luck feller, I came through it, hope you do Videoref

12:05pm Wed 5 Dec 12

kellingtonbull says...

Fingers Crossed Adrian, hope the test goes well not only for yourself but also for the club which needs you badly.
Fingers Crossed Adrian, hope the test goes well not only for yourself but also for the club which needs you badly. kellingtonbull

2:36pm Wed 5 Dec 12

raisemeup says...

The cardiologist is the best in his field, the treatment you've gone through is the best available and your courage and attitude is also the best Adrian.

The Bulls look forward to seeing you back in the number 2 jersey.

Good Luck and best wishes for your future, Rugby League and the Bulls needs ambassadors like you.
The cardiologist is the best in his field, the treatment you've gone through is the best available and your courage and attitude is also the best Adrian. The Bulls look forward to seeing you back in the number 2 jersey. Good Luck and best wishes for your future, Rugby League and the Bulls needs ambassadors like you. raisemeup

4:44pm Wed 5 Dec 12

nosher says...

Good luck Adrian. Is Dan Ramsden the lad that played at west bowling ?
Good luck Adrian. Is Dan Ramsden the lad that played at west bowling ? nosher

5:06pm Wed 5 Dec 12

-HCK3R- says...

Fingers crossed.......lets hope he gets the all clear.....
Fingers crossed.......lets hope he gets the all clear..... -HCK3R-

7:24pm Wed 5 Dec 12

hemsworthbull formerly known as pontebull says...

Fingers crossed for you Adrian. Hope to see you back very very soon.

What up with shelfish whino. No best wishes from him.

Surprise surprise. Thought he'd be the first one to show his sensitive side.
Fingers crossed for you Adrian. Hope to see you back very very soon. What up with shelfish whino. No best wishes from him. Surprise surprise. Thought he'd be the first one to show his sensitive side. hemsworthbull formerly known as pontebull

8:34pm Wed 5 Dec 12

stubullsfan says...

good luck Adrian. From a purely personal level who gives a crap if he plays again as long as the lad is fit and well but from the position of the Bulls I hope he can play.

I hope all the tests go well and would love to see you back in a Bradford Jersey next season
good luck Adrian. From a purely personal level who gives a crap if he plays again as long as the lad is fit and well but from the position of the Bulls I hope he can play. I hope all the tests go well and would love to see you back in a Bradford Jersey next season stubullsfan

6:58am Thu 6 Dec 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

Shame on Ponte for playing his childish games on this thread.
Take a bow son what a man.
Shame on Ponte for playing his childish games on this thread. Take a bow son what a man. ifallwerelikemumby

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