BULLS youngster Matthew Laird has been released from hospital after his injury forced an under-16s game against Wakefield at Dudley Hill to be abandoned.

A statement on the club website said: "Matthew will now receive all of the best medical support that is available to him through the club.

"His attention will bring him back to fitness in line with the RFL ‘return to play procedure’.

"A huge thank you is deserved to all of those medical staff that were involved yesterday dealing with Matthew.

"The final call to abandon the game due to the lengthy delay was the correct one."

A spokesman for Yorkshire Ambulance Service said they received a call at 7.29pm yesterday to attend a 15-year-old boy who was believed to have been injured following a tackle.

A rapid response vehicle and an ambulance was sent to the ground.

Laird was taken to Bradford Royal Infirmary with a suspected head and neck injury. X-rays later confirmed that he had suffered severe concussion.

Bulls under-16s coach Mark Dunning said: “I couldn’t really see what happened. As he lost his footing, there was some sort of tackle and a collision with a chest or shoulder.

“The most important thing is Matthew is in the right hands.

“We’ve had a very experienced physio in Dan Ramsden and he was absolutely fantastic.

“Unfortunately it happens in the game

 “Rugby league’s a tough sport. It’s not for everybody.

“The fact that these people, whatever age they are, put their body on the line has got to be commended on whatever level.”