Ian Sibbit back for new role at Bradford Bulls

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Ian Sibbit will help out on Bulls match days Ian Sibbit will help out on Bulls match days

Ian Sibbit is making a comeback with the Bulls – as a member of Francis Cummins’ match-day backroom staff.

Sibbit announced his retirement at the end of last season and has since started working as a personal trainer at M1 Health in Manchester.

The former second-rower, 32, has been invited by Cummins to assist with match-day operations and will be on hand at every home and away game this season.

Bulls coach Cummins said: “Ian has begun work as a personal trainer and been a keynote speaker to the top 100 Academy players in the country on behalf of the RFL.

“Lee St Hilaire will still be taking the warm-ups but Sib will be helping out and also relaying messages to the players during games.

“Sib is an old pro and can pick up on things, so he will provide some great feedback for me and Lee as we will be sitting together in the stand.

“The lads like Sib and he has their respect. He’s very calm. This is a good opportunity for him too as it maintains his profile in the game and keeps him involved.

“From my point of view, I’ve got someone I can trust who may well go on to other things.

“Mick (Potter) had two assistants last year in Lee and I but I’m going to have to do things a bit differently.”

Sibbit, who is poised to begin his new role in Sunday’s opening pre-season friendly at Dewsbury, is delighted to return to the club he served for two years before hanging up his boots at the end of 2012.

The popular Wiganer, who has been playing rugby union for Preston Grasshoppers, said: “I’ve always got on well with Franny and Lee.

“I’ve spoken to Franny a few times during the off-season and he rang me before Christmas to say he needed somebody to help out on match-days.

“It’s something which really appealed to me because I’ve been playing in Super League for 14 years and to just walk away is tough.

“I don’t think I’ll miss playing but I’m delighted to still be involved and especially with the fact it’s at Bradford.

“Even though I was only at Bradford for two years – and they were a tough two years, with injuries and administration – it’s a great club and I really enjoyed my time there. I’m just glad I can stay involved.”

* The Bulls squad were yesterday supplied with boots from sports footwear specialists XBlades UK.

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7:43am Fri 11 Jan 13

Blotto says...

I can see Sibbo stepping up if the Bulls Skinny Squad has a plethora of Forward injuries, despite his disaffection with playing again. Good to have in onboard even in a part time capacity!
I can see Sibbo stepping up if the Bulls Skinny Squad has a plethora of Forward injuries, despite his disaffection with playing again. Good to have in onboard even in a part time capacity! Blotto

7:54am Fri 11 Jan 13

VICTIMISATION says...

Agreed
Agreed VICTIMISATION

8:03am Fri 11 Jan 13

JAtkinson says...

Blotto wrote:
I can see Sibbo stepping up if the Bulls Skinny Squad has a plethora of Forward injuries, despite his disaffection with playing again. Good to have in onboard even in a part time capacity!
Doesn't he need to be registered at start of season or anything or, as he's no RL club, can he just be registered and play that day / week?
[quote][p][bold]Blotto[/bold] wrote: I can see Sibbo stepping up if the Bulls Skinny Squad has a plethora of Forward injuries, despite his disaffection with playing again. Good to have in onboard even in a part time capacity![/p][/quote]Doesn't he need to be registered at start of season or anything or, as he's no RL club, can he just be registered and play that day / week? JAtkinson

8:08am Fri 11 Jan 13

Steam Pigs says...

He would need to be a named squad member to play
He would need to be a named squad member to play Steam Pigs

9:09am Fri 11 Jan 13

mines a pint says...

JAtkinson wrote:
Blotto wrote:
I can see Sibbo stepping up if the Bulls Skinny Squad has a plethora of Forward injuries, despite his disaffection with playing again. Good to have in onboard even in a part time capacity!
Doesn't he need to be registered at start of season or anything or, as he's no RL club, can he just be registered and play that day / week?
Isn't it the same as Lee Radford last season

Don't recall him being registered at the start of the season but came out of retirement twice for Hull
[quote][p][bold]JAtkinson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blotto[/bold] wrote: I can see Sibbo stepping up if the Bulls Skinny Squad has a plethora of Forward injuries, despite his disaffection with playing again. Good to have in onboard even in a part time capacity![/p][/quote]Doesn't he need to be registered at start of season or anything or, as he's no RL club, can he just be registered and play that day / week?[/p][/quote]Isn't it the same as Lee Radford last season Don't recall him being registered at the start of the season but came out of retirement twice for Hull mines a pint

11:20am Fri 11 Jan 13

bullybullman says...

And he would need to be register`d as a player with the RFL.He would can not just turn up & play what planet are you on ?
And he would need to be register`d as a player with the RFL.He would can not just turn up & play what planet are you on ? bullybullman

11:21am Fri 11 Jan 13

bullybullman says...

VICTIMISATION wrote:
Agreed
Muppet !!!!
[quote][p][bold]VICTIMISATION[/bold] wrote: Agreed[/p][/quote]Muppet !!!! bullybullman

12:08pm Fri 11 Jan 13

JAtkinson says...

mines a pint wrote:
JAtkinson wrote:
Blotto wrote:
I can see Sibbo stepping up if the Bulls Skinny Squad has a plethora of Forward injuries, despite his disaffection with playing again. Good to have in onboard even in a part time capacity!
Doesn't he need to be registered at start of season or anything or, as he's no RL club, can he just be registered and play that day / week?
Isn't it the same as Lee Radford last season

Don't recall him being registered at the start of the season but came out of retirement twice for Hull
True. Forgot about Radford. Cheers.
[quote][p][bold]mines a pint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JAtkinson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blotto[/bold] wrote: I can see Sibbo stepping up if the Bulls Skinny Squad has a plethora of Forward injuries, despite his disaffection with playing again. Good to have in onboard even in a part time capacity![/p][/quote]Doesn't he need to be registered at start of season or anything or, as he's no RL club, can he just be registered and play that day / week?[/p][/quote]Isn't it the same as Lee Radford last season Don't recall him being registered at the start of the season but came out of retirement twice for Hull[/p][/quote]True. Forgot about Radford. Cheers. JAtkinson

2:03pm Fri 11 Jan 13

VICTIMISATION says...

People have done it in the past without been registered at the beginning of season. Radlinski at Wigan and Sean long nearly put the boots back on for Salford.
Sensible debate please unlike the childish name calling above.
People have done it in the past without been registered at the beginning of season. Radlinski at Wigan and Sean long nearly put the boots back on for Salford. Sensible debate please unlike the childish name calling above. VICTIMISATION

5:13pm Fri 11 Jan 13

-HCK3R- says...

Its happened in the past when players retire their last club still hold their registration.....the
y just aren't on the payroll......think he could still fill a gap for the Bulls if needed..........pity they cant get Hargreaves back on board....
Its happened in the past when players retire their last club still hold their registration.....the y just aren't on the payroll......think he could still fill a gap for the Bulls if needed..........pity they cant get Hargreaves back on board.... -HCK3R-

7:26pm Fri 11 Jan 13

franklyn says...

-HCK3R- wrote:
Its happened in the past when players retire their last club still hold their registration.....the

y just aren't on the payroll......think he could still fill a gap for the Bulls if needed..........pity they cant get Hargreaves back on board....
hargreaves didn't have the heart for the game. thats why saints let him go.
sibbit was never a super star but was always a trier in my eyes. would welcome him back to fill in if required. and probably will be, we cant hope to get through season injury free, we'll need all the help we can get.
see saints have found a good young prop from batley. did we miss him?
[quote][p][bold]-HCK3R-[/bold] wrote: Its happened in the past when players retire their last club still hold their registration.....the y just aren't on the payroll......think he could still fill a gap for the Bulls if needed..........pity they cant get Hargreaves back on board....[/p][/quote]hargreaves didn't have the heart for the game. thats why saints let him go. sibbit was never a super star but was always a trier in my eyes. would welcome him back to fill in if required. and probably will be, we cant hope to get through season injury free, we'll need all the help we can get. see saints have found a good young prop from batley. did we miss him? franklyn

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