Sam Barlow has completed a return to Rugby League following the expiration of a ban imposed following an incident involving an official from UK Anti-Doping.

Former Sheffield, Featherstone, Leigh and Halifax forward Barlow has agreed a one-season deal with Bradford after serving four-year ban imposed for obstructing an anti-doping officer.

He said: “I am really happy to get the deal done, I have an opportunity thanks to John and hopefully I can repay his faith on the field.

“I have had a few tussles with Bradford over the years and now I want to start enjoying myself and progressing to being influential out on the pitch for the club.

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“I have played with Steve Crossley and Anthony England before and the pack is starting to take shape – if we can impose ourselves on the pitch we can go well this season.

Bulls coach John Kear said: “Sam is a quality player, what we are getting is a very good rugby league player who we need in that middle channel.

“I am delighted we got the deal over the line because he can add something to us in the Championship, we are bringing players in it has taken time, our philosophy is don’t bring anyone in who won’t add value.

“He has had many years at the elite end at the Championship, we will see a really big plus point and we can see the best of Sam Barlow through next season.”