Neil Kelly and Matt Adamson in frame to fill Bradford Bulls vacancy

Neil Kelly is out of contract with Dewsbury Rams
Neil Kelly is out of contract with Dewsbury Rams
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DEWSBURY RAMS boss Neil Kelly could be a surprise contender to fill Bradford Bulls’ coaching vacancy.

And Australian former Leeds Rhinos forward Matt Adamson has thrown his hat into the ring as Bulls seek a replacement for Geoff Toovey.

The League One One club confirmed this week Toovey – who was appointed in January – will not be returning next season. Ex-Featherstone Rovers coach Jon Sharp is favourite to take over at Odsal, but Bulls say they are inviting applications and plan to appoint before December 10.

The fact Kelly, who saved Rams from relegation last season, does not have a contract for next year is likely to interest Bulls’ owners.

Kelly had a successful spell at Dewsbury two decades ago and was also in charge of Widnes Vikings before switching to rugby union. He rejoined Rams at Easter, after they had lost their opening eight Championship fixtures and inspired a revival which led to them finishing three places and 10 points above the drop zone.

Kelly confirmed: “I am out of contract. I haven’t envisaged moving anywhere. I always said I would sort all the players out first and then hopefully sort myself out. There was a conversation about three weeks ago, but there’s been nothing since.”

Rams have begun pre-season training and Kelly said: “The players are all back in – apart from one or two who are still on holiday – and training is going very well.”

Rams have signed winger Rob Worrincy and back-rower Martin Reilly from Halifax. French forward Mickael Goudemand, who had a spell with Rams last year, has joined Catalans Dragons. Other players Kelly confirmed have left the club are Shaun Squires, Toby Adamson – who has joined Rochdale Hornets – Mitch Stringer and Tony Tonks.

Meanwhile, Matt Adamson, who played for Rhinos from 2003-2004 and later had a spell on the coaching staff at Catalans Dragons and Penrith Panthers, told the Yorkshire Evening Post he is keen to return to England and is “waiting for the right opportunity”. Adamson, 45, was Melbourne Storm’s National Youth Competition head coach and is a former Queensland coaching director for the NRL champions.