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Former Bull Sykes signs for hometown club

Former Wakefield Wildcats and Bradford Bulls utility back Paul Sykes has signed for Dewsbury Rams for the 2016 season.

Paul Sykes has signed for Dewsbury Rams for the 2016 season Credit: Press Association

The 34-year-old has scored more than 1500 points in his career and helped Featherstone Rovers lift the Championship Shield on Sunday bagging another 16 points.

Sykes will join his former teammate and Ram's coach Glenn Morrison at the Championship side.

I’m really pleased to sign for my hometown club

I spoke to Glenn about joining. He’s someone I’ve known for a while from our time together at Bradford and Wakefield.

We discussed my plans and in the end I was delighted to be able to join Dewsbury.

– Paul Sykes

Torrential rain calls off all-Yorkshire cup clash

Bradford City's Johnstone's Paint Trophy clash against Yorkshire rivals, Barnsley, was abandoned five minutes before kick off due to the heavy rain that swept across the country last night.

Match officials ruled that parts of the Valley Parade pitch were left unplayable after the downpour, with the ball neither rolling or bouncing when tested.

Referee, Trevor Kettle, made the decision shortly before 8pm, after the kick off had been delayed in the hope the weather would clear, and that the waterlogged pitch would have a chance to drain.


Wildcats preserve Super League status

Wakefield preserved their Super League status with a nail-biting 24-16 win over Bradford in the inaugural one million pound game at Belle Vue

The Wildcats' 17-year stay in the top flight went on the line in the one-off game to decide the final place in Super League for 2016, and it needed a try from hooker Scott Moore a minute from time to finally settle the game.


Clarkson joins Rovers on three-year deal

Chris Clarkson playing for Leeds Rhinos Credit: Press Association

Hull Kingston Rovers have signed Chris Clarkson on a three-year deal from Leeds Rhinos.

The former England Knights international, who has also impressed on loan at Widnes Vikings this season, had a year left on his contract at Headingley but has secured a release to join Chris Chester’s squad.

Clarkson arrives at the KC Lightstream Stadium having racked up close to 150 career appearances. The 25-year-old has twice featured in a Challenge Cup Final and also played in the 2011 Super League Grand Final with Leeds.

He will link up with his new Rovers teammates for pre-season training in November and said he’s looking forward to a new challenge with the Robins.

“The club has a really bright future and I can’t wait to be a part of improving on the success of this year in reaching the Challenge Cup Final and going seven from seven in the Super 8s. Bouncing back after the final the way they did shows great character from the players and staff and I’m looking forward to adding to that.

It’s done me the world of good this year to get some quality game time and play big minutes week in, week out at Widnes and that will stand me in good stead for at least the next three years at Hull KR.”

– Chris Clarkson
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