FORMER Bulls star Glenn Morrison is excited to get back to competitive action with Bradford Salem next week, even if it is not quite rugby union as we know it.

The 44-year-old coach is set to help oversee their side in a home game against Keighley next Thursday, part of a six-team two-touch tournament that has been set up around the district.

It will help fill a void that has been left by the Rugby Football Union’s announcement that competitive leagues, other than the Premiership and Championship, will not begin until January at the earliest.

Morrison said: “We’d been hoping to get this touch tournament going between six local teams. We were looking to play our first fixture last weekend but it’s been pushed back to next Thursday.

“We’re due to play Keighley and we’re hoping to get the clubhouse open, as local clubs are really feeling the pinch due to coronavirus.

“The hope is to have home and away fixtures against everyone so all clubs can benefit from the revenue.

“The games are maximum 10-a-side, and it’s two-touch, no contact, as we have to play by the rules of the Return to Rugby Roadmap that the RFU have set out.

“As well as us and Keighley, Baildon and Wharfedale are involved, as are North Ribblesdale and Skipton.”

Salem restarted training back in July, so the chance to finally play games again will come as a welcome relief.

Morrison said: “It’s been tough trying to get all the players interested in coming to training with no games to look forward to until now.

“It’s the case for everyone right up to professional level, lads want to play, not just train.

“We can’t do proper contact rugby training either, which is hard to get used to.

“Even more so at school for the kids I coach, as that’s their outlet after a long day.

“Obviously at Salem, we’re hoping this competition with other clubs goes well, and hope that we can get back to the league and proper contact rugby from January.”

Asked whether he will be playing league rugby again at the age of 44, Morrison said: “I’m just concentrating on my coaching for now but I will play if need be.”

Morrison has settled in Yorkshire since moving from his native Australia 14 years ago.

As he mentioned above, he is a sports coach, at Bradford Grammar School.

Asked how rugby union in schools is going in the middle of a pandemic, Morrison said: “It’s maybe been a blessing for the Year 7s coming up, some of whom have never played rugby before, having no contact.

“I’m really enjoying it at the school, though we still want competition soon, as the school teams don’t have any fixtures at the moment.

“We’re hoping to have some contact rugby after half-term for them, as rugby league are already doing that, and we don’t want to lose all our union kids to league.

“Hopefully we can start to make it more competitive over the next few weeks at school, bringing back things like line-outs to see some progress.”