Sibbit would come out of retirement ‘only if Bradford Bulls absolutely desperate’ (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Ian Sibbit would come out of retirement ‘only if Bradford Bulls absolutely desperate’
Ian Sibbit has not ruled out pulling on his boots for the Bulls again this season – but admits it is a distant prospect.
The former second-rower, 32, announced his retirement at the end of last season and has since begun working as a personal trainer.
He has also turned out for amateur rugby union outfit Preston Grasshoppers but recently accepted an offer to join Bulls coach Francis Cummins’ matchday staff.
If injuries begin to bite during the season, Sibbit’s availability could come in useful for Cummins but the former Salford man does not expect to play in Super League again.
Sibbit said: “Could I play for Bradford again? Probably not at this stage.
“If we’re absolutely desperate then you never know but I’ve not trained with the boys and my playing boots have been packed away so I just can’t see it.
“Besides which, you can’t just walk into a Super League game because it’s too tough and you will get found out.
“At the moment the Bulls have got a good enough squad and I’m sure they will be alright.”
Sibbit is enjoying working on the Bulls’ matchday staff after beginning his role against Dewsbury in the opening pre-season friendly.
He has well over a decade’s experience of playing at the highest level and commands the respect of Cummins’ squad.
Sibbit added: “I’m communicating with Franny and if he wants a message getting to the players then I can do that.
“I’m limited by the rules as to when I can go on to the field but it’s predominantly when tries are scored.
“I’m responsible for overseeing all the replacements we make but all the tactics come from Franny.
“It’s just great to be involved again because I love Bradford and I’ve always enjoyed my time here.
“I’m just looking forward to the new season now.”