Toovey, sponsored by Bradford Bulls Banter, came over from Australia in January prior to the pre-season friendly with Keighley Cougars, since then the former NRL player and Manly Sea Eagles Head Coach has been patiently waiting for his official role.
The Bulls have faced challenging circumstances, as Leigh Beattie has stepped into the role of Interim Head Coach, whilst the club have been awaiting confirmation of Toovey’s visa.
Due to the club’s reformation in late January, the Bradford Bulls 2017 Limited had to apply for a Border Licence before the visa could be processed.
Toovey boasts an extremely impressive rugby league past, featuring in almost 300 ARL AND NRL games, as well as representing NSW and Australia. He went on to coach Manly Sea Eagles for four years finishing in the top four three times and taking them to a Grand Final.
“It is pleasing that it is out of the way, it is one less question that can now finally be answered,” said Toovey.
“At the end of the day we had to do the right things by the laws and we have done that now so we can crack on. It was frustrating not knowing when it was actually going to happen, but I’m glad that it’s out of the way.
“People should know that my history says I do not walk away from a challenge, so I am looking forward to cracking on. We have a fair task ahead of us as the last couple of months have been difficult, but this is one positive step and hopefully we can take another one this weekend.
“The fans have been fantastic, nothing but support. Our side outnumber people anywhere we go. I hope they keep the faith and I hope they understand it is a difficult position for the players to be put in within the club. We need people picking us up and continuing positivity.
“We need to get over this minus two that has been hanging around for too long. When we get past it we can set ourselves some new goals to achieve.”
Co-owner Andrew Chalmers said: “I think it’s a big milestone because of the difficulties and steps that we have had to go through and comply with all of the requirements with the border agency.
“For the club, it is huge. We need him out there, coaching, leading from the front and he hasn’t been able to do it. He has a huge track record which will undoubtedly help the younger players.
“Alongside Geoff’s appointment, we are looking to build depth in the squad. We have been unlucky with injuries this year but we still have 13 games to go. It’s about producing in every single game that we play and getting these results. We are hoping that Geoff’s appointment will come as a catalyst and see some change.
“We have got the best fans in rugby league, in regards of how the team has been trying, the fans have not stopped coming, they have been backing us.”
Toovey's first match in charge will be away at Rochdale this Sunday 18th June. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the club shop.
Tickets are now on sale:
Adults (16 - 64) - £15
Concession (65+) - £12
Under 16’s - £1
Rochdale are NOT members of the junior swaps programme.