Bradford Bulls: Headingley repeat would suit Adam Sidlow fine

Adam Sidlow is delighted to have sorted out his immediate future with the Bulls

Adam Sidlow has signed a new contract to remain a Bulls player next season

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ADAM Sidlow will run out against Leeds tonight with his future secure as he returns to the ground where he enjoyed the best moment of his career.

Last season's derby at Headingley saw the Bulls prop rescue a dramatic point in a thrilling 18-18 draw.

As the clock ticked down, Sidlow took a subtle delayed pass from Heath L'Estrange to barrel over the line in front of the massed ranks of Bradford supporters.

Jamie Foster stepped up to convert the try and confirm a thoroughly deserved share of the spoils for the Bulls.

It was pure theatre and Sidlow, recalling the moment with a huge smile, said: "It was unbelievable and I can't even describe how good a feeling that was.

"I had never played in such a massive derby in front of such a big crowd, so to score such an important try in the last minute was brilliant.

"I know we didn't win but it felt as though we had. Hopefully we can do the same this time."

With the Bulls having been slowly drifting towards relegation all season, Sidlow was unsure what the future held for him.

But this week it was announced he had agreed a one-year deal to keep him at Odsal in 2015.

Sidlow said: "I was a bit worried about what was going to happen. It was out of my control and it may have affected my game a little bit.

"I think I've been doing all right but I've had a cloud over me, just thinking about what was happening.

"I let that affect me, even though I shouldn't – but I've got a family to consider; a boy, a girl and another baby on the way.

"There is pressure but it's part and parcel of rugby league. It's just that I've been signing contracts left, right and centre since I came to Bradford and it has had an effect on me.

"There has been quite a lot of turmoil here but hopefully that's over now and we can just concentrate on rugby next season in the Championship and go straight back up."

As is the way in rugby league, Sidlow's future is secured only in the short term.

"A one-year deal was what they offered so that was what I signed," said the 26-year-old Wiganer.

"Bradford spoke to my agent early and I was happy with the deal. I love it here, so why would I change it?

"We've signed some good players and hopefully we can pick up some good senior pros, older players, and get a good squad together.

"I don't know who else is coming in but it's crept up on me and I'm now one of the senior players. I'll do everything in my power to take the team forward."

Sidlow, like a growing number of Super League players, has a sideline away from the game.

In the Bulls prop's case, it is a personal training gym in Wigan called Wild Bull Fitness, which he established with Stephen Wild.

Sidlow explained: "It's doing quite well at the moment, so hopefully we can kick on and get it bigger.

"We do personal training and box-fit classes, so it's a lot of class-based gym work. You've got to think about the future."

Sidlow will go into tonight's match in buoyant mood after last Sunday's win over his home-town club.

"It was the first win of my career against Wigan but it was a massive win for all the lads," he said.

"I really enjoyed it and it has given us a massive lift heading into the derby at Leeds."

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