ADAM SIDLOW insists there will be no room for sentiment on Sunday as Bradford Bulls go in search of a vital victory against the club which first introduced him to Super League.
Newly branded for 2014, Salford Red Devils sit 11th on the First:Utility Super League ladder, seven points clear of Francis Cummins' Bulls – and just one point clear of 12th-placed Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
A win this weekend, in the round-sixteen contest, could prove vital for the man who spent four years with Salford and his fellow Bulls colleagues.
Prop Sidlow, 26, says he will be putting all emotions to one side as he bids to help Bradford past the Red Devils – who enter without a win in seven league games.
“I had a great four years at Salford, it is a fantastic club and I made my top-flight debut there,” said Sidlow, who is being proudly sponsored by Gareth Rider.
“But come gameday, my only focus will be picking up two points with the Bulls. It is a huge game and there is no room for sentiment.
“It will be the first time I have been back to Salford since joining Bradford as I was injured when we went there last year, so there is something of an added incentive for me to get one over my former club.
“Bradford are my present and my future. I have two years left on my contract and am hopeful we can stay up, whether that means beating Salford, Widnes or any other team I have played for.
“We need to try and recreate the level of performance we provided against Wakefield.
“Salford will start the game as favourites but a little improvement, and greater respect for possession, and we will prove a difficult team to beat.
“The club is heading in the right direction under Marc Green and the new board of directors and I am optimistic about what the future may hold,” added the ex-Workington and Widnes front-rower.
“It has been a difficult year, both on and off the field, but the boys are confident of securing our Super League status and building a brighter future."
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