FORMER Bradford Bulls second-rower Glenn Morrison has tipped off his old club about how to achieve success at Dewsbury's Tetley’s Stadium.

Morrison, who made 56 appearances for the Bulls in 2007-09, scoring 23 tries, spent almost five years as coach of Dewsbury Rams, the proposed new home for the Bulls next season.

The 43-year-old says of the Tetley’s Stadium pitch: “It is a bit skinny and I tried to pack the side with big centres and back rowers to try and make the opposition go round the outside, which is difficult, so there won’t be as many points as at Odsal.

“I was shown around Odsal Stadium when I signed and there is a lot of history there but Dewsbury are a great club and a great Championship club.”

There has been talk of the prohibitive cost of the upkeep of the legendary Odsal bowl, such as its ageing concrete steps, for years, but Morrison said: “The cost of the stadium was not something that the players talked about when I was there.

“We were just concentrating on preparing ourselves for the next match.”

Morrison, who is head of athletics at Bradford Grammar School, is to be a player-coach for Yorkshire Division One rugby union side Bradford Salem in their forthcoming season.

The former Wakefield Trinity Wildcats player and assistant coach has mainly played sevens in union but admitted that he did turn down the Australian national side at one point.

He explained: “I was offered a contract in 2001 by the Wallabies when they were trying to persuade a few of the league lads to move across but I decided to stick with league.”

His school link at Bradford Grammar School with Salem’s backs coach, former England international Dan Scarbrough, led to him joining the Shay Lane club and he did play there for Bradford Grammar School Old Boys in their annual clash against a Salem Chairman’s XV in the Richard Birkett Memorial Match in May.

Morrison said: “I work with Dan (head of rugby there) at Bradford Grammar School and was doing some coaching with Bradford Salem on the strength and conditioning side, and that is what I work on at school in the athletics department.

“To be able to coach properly I needed to lose weight and I have lost 10kg through both diet and gym work since May when I played in the Memorial Match.

“I was 105kg in my playing days and I am now 107kg.”

Salem are keen for Morrison, who retired from league eight years ago due to a serious shoulder injury, to play as often as he can, and he said: “I am looking forward to coaching with Salem.

“They have some good young lads but I don’t know how often I will be available to play. We will just have to wait and see.

“They want to play me at inside centre but I may prefer to play at 10 and avoid some of the contact.”