JON Sharp is expected to be revealed as the new Bradford Bulls coach after the club confirmed that Geoff Toovey will not be returning.

The 50-year-old was previously in charge of Huddersfield Giants from 2004-2008 and Featherstone Rovers from 2015-2017.

Sharp worked as part of the Great Britain backroom team when former Bulls coach Brian Noble was in charge and had a spell working as a consultant for the Rugby Football League.

Toovey's contract expired last week and a Bulls statement this morning said that he would not be coming back for a second season.

Co-owner Andrew Chalmers said: “Geoff joined us as we embarked on our journey to re-build the club. He worked tirelessly with the support of the football staff to try and overcome last season’s 12-point penalty.

“We would like to thank Geoff for stepping in at a difficult time and for the personal sacrifices he made to commit to last season. We wish him all the best in the future.”

Toovey added: “It was a tough decision not to return to the Bradford Bulls for a second year.

"Last year was one of the most challenging years that I’ve had as a coach.

“The club and the fans made the experience one I will never forget.I’m  confident the club will have an excellent season in 2018 and continue to move forward beyond the coming year.”

Leigh Beattie will once again step up as interim head coach until an appointment is made.