Former Great Britain international to join Bradford’s coaching staff

Garreth Carvell, the head of the Rugby League Players Association, is set to join the coaching staff at Bradford Bulls.

TotalRL understands the former Wales, England and Great Britain international has agreed to join John Kear’s coaching staff ahead of their return to the Championship and will link up with the Bulls with immediate effect.

The 38-year-old, who won the Challenge Cup twice during his time with Warrington and Hull FC, memorably joined the Bulls in 2013 but ultimately never played for them in a competitive game as he returned to the Black and Whites before making his debut.

Since his retirement, Carvell has turned his attentions to player welfare. He initially became the player welfare manager at Salford before leading the RLPA, which has seen an increase in members since his arrival.

A well-respected figure in the rugby league community, Carvell has been working closely with clubs and the RFL to help give players a stronger voice in the game. It is unclear whether his new role will see him relinquish his duties with the Players Association.

The Bulls have already returned to pre-season training, with the club still understood to be after one further signing to complete their squad ahead of the new campaign.