Sharp set to replace Toovey at Bulls

Bradford Bulls have confirmed that that Geoff Toovey will not return to the club for the 2018 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.”

Geoff 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, from the bottom of my heart I would like to thank the club, coaching staff, players, sponsors and fans for their unwavering support throughout the year. I’m confident the club will have an excellent season in 2018 and continue to move forward beyond the coming year.”

He is set to be replaced by former Huddersfield and Featherstone coach Jon Sharp. The 50-year-old was in charge of the Giants from 2004-2008 and coached the Rovers over the past few seasons, before being sacked in July. Confirmation of Sharp’s appointment is expected in the coming days.