“He had troubles” – Bradford Bulls boss explains why new signing left without playing a game

Earlier this year Bradford Bulls announced that Betfred League One Winner Dalton Desmond-Walker has signed a one-year deal with the club.

The former Keighley man, who was part of their unbeaten League One winning campaign joins up with Mark Dunning’s Squad in 2023, after impressing in the Reserves in 2022!

Desmond-Walker, who is originally from Australia, joined the club on dual-reg last season and put in a number of good performances in the Reserves.

However, now the 29 year-old seems set to not play for the Bulls after signing for the club officially as he returns to Australia.

In a statement on Instagram, he said:

“January 8th 2018 Cardiff, Wales U. December 28th 2022 ~ Manchester, England . 1815 days away from Sydney, Australia.

“Five rugby league seasons in League One. Got to play for a few clubs here. Visited countless European countries. Fell in love, broke hearts & felt heartache, cried tears of joy & sadness. Made memories I’ll cherish forever.

“To those who will read this with confusion please know I didn’t keep it from you for a negative reason. Way too many people to name & thank, countless photos & videos to post.

“It might be strange but I’m leaving the U.K. as I arrived. Alone & in a hotel with a suitcase. Not really sure on the next 1815 days ahead. Left home at 24 & called Great Britain home till right now as a 29 year old.”

Now, Bradford boss Mark Dunning has had his say on the matter revealing why he left on Bulls TV:

“I’m glad you’ve mentioned that. The reason we’ve not made comment is that we have honoured Dalton’s wishes. He had troubles, they were personal troubles and private troubles and because of them he had to return to Australia and he contacted us and told us about them but asked that they remained private and said that he would let people know across his social media platforms.

“He asked for a release of his contract. I can’t speak highly enough of him but his family needed him.

“It leaves a hole in the pack, it gives us another challenge to stay in the market and find the right player.