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Adam Sidlow has big return in mind for next Bradford Bulls season
Adam Sidlow has vowed to come back stronger for the Bulls after missing the business end of the season.
Both the front-rower and Matty Blythe picked up knee injuries in the Bulls’ closely-fought defeat at Wigan last month.
Sidlow admitted how it was sickening to have been ruled out for the rest of the campaign, especially in his debut year at Bradford.
He said: “I was completely gutted. I was really enjoying the first part of the season and I thought I was doing a good job for the team.
“I was trying to win a penalty for the team and Liam Farrell leant back and I just felt the knee pop.
“The physio came on and I got through the game on adrenaline. At the time I didn’t know what had gone on up until I had that scan and I was a bit upset.
“With it being my first season here made it worse as well. But I’ve had a lot of support from the club, the family and everyone really.
“But when you’re watching the lads from the side-line it’s really difficult.
“We’ve only got three out and out props playing in Ben, Nas and Scruts and I just feel that I’m letting the side down. I just want to be out there helping.
“I wanted to be part of the play-off bid as well. I know that Bradford haven’t been there for a few seasons and we were going well and making good strides. I haven’t been there to help – but that’s the way it goes.”
The close-season signing will be fully fit in time for Francis Cummins’ preparations for 2014 in the autumn.
After being awarded a two-year-deal by the Bulls coach, 25-year-old Sidlow believes he owes a debt of gratitude to the club.
He said: “I’d have been in a really bad place if I had this injury and I only had a one-year contract, so to have a two-year deal gave me that assurance and I’ll certainly be doing my best to pay the club back next season.
“Franny’s been really good to me this season and given me a great opportunity here and I really want to repay that.
“I should be fully fit in just over a month, so I’ll be back in time for a full pre-season. I’m looking forward to it – but hopefully they’ll go easy on me in the beginning!”
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