Bradford Bulls have completed the signing of Richie Mathers after coming out of retirement.
The former England international announced the end to his playing career last year after being found guilty of breaching the sport’s rules relating to betting.
However, the Bulls have secured his services for the 2016 season on the day his ban came to an end.
He had taken up a new role at Warrington Wolves as player welfare manager, however the Bulls have announced he will still continue in that role.
“I’m really looking forward to the challenge,” said Mathers.
“Speaking to Jimmy and how he wants me to play in the side, I think my experience will be key to the role.
“The experience is something that you earn over time and I’m really looking to getting going with the boys.
“Jimmy sees me as bringing a very specific set of specialist skills to the side in terms of organising the defensive line.
“I will also be complimenting the squad as it looks to achieve its goals.”
“Richie Mathers brings a wealth of knowledge to a key position in the spine of the team,” said Bradford Bulls CEO, Robbie Hunter-Paul.
“He’s played in the NRL and Super League and Challenge Cup Finals, in a position that demands expertise.
“He will offer structure and direction from the back of the field during matches. Whilst also having the ability to find the try line when working within the Bulls’ attacking system.
“Like all the new acquisitions for the 2016 season, Richie will add an extra layer of pressure to squad as they for battle places in the starting line up.”