New Bradford Bulls signing Dane Nielsen has revealed that he rejected a move to Castleford earlier this year before finally switching to the English game with the Bulls.
The 30-year-old has joined Bradford on a deal until the end of next season and is likely to make his bow in Saturday’s Super 8s Qualifiers game against Wakefield.
And Nielsen told the Telegraph and Argus that after an acrimonious exit from NRL side St George Illawarra Dragons, he feels refreshed and ready to go after a break from the game.
“Castleford came in for me pretty soon after I left the Dragons but my heart wasn’t in it at that point after getting treated that way. I just wanted to go home, relax and spend some time with my family,” he said.
“After being away from home for 11 years, you get used to not being able to do those kind of things. But then I stopped to realise what I had been missing and it made me appreciate it a lot more.
“I wasn’t sure what was going to happen in terms of my footie career because when all the stuff happened with the Dragons, I just wanted to get away from it for a bit.
“I wanted to come over and play in England but considered leaving it until next year. Then the opportunity to join the Bulls come up and it really appealed to me.”