Dave Halley

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Dave Halley
Dave Halley.jpg
Personal information
Full name David Halley
Nickname Opta
Born (1986-10-12) 12 October 1986 (age 30)
Bradford, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 13 st 3 lb (84 kg)
Playing information
Position Fullback, Wing
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007–10 Bradford Bulls 72 27 0 0 108
2009 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 5 4 0 0 16
2011 Keighley Cougars 1 0 0 0 0
Total 78 31 0 0 124
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007–08 Wales 3 2 0 0 8
As of 28 May 2012
Source: Rugby League Project

David Halley (born October 12, 1986 in Bradford) is an English born professional rugby league footballer, playing at representative level for Wales, and at club level for Bradford Bulls, and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in Super League, and Keighley Cougars, as a Fullback, or Wing. Dave Halley won the Bradford Bulls' 2009 Player of the Year award.

A product of the Bradford Academy, Halley is renowned for his tremendous pace and acceleration and was a firm favorite of the Bradford fans.

Halley currently coaches Queensbury ARLFC open age.

Fastest Man competition[edit]

He came third behind Darren Albert, in the Fastest Man in Rugby League competition in 2005. He has been entered into the 2009 event, which is to take place during the Carnegie Floodlit Nines on 26 August 2009 and is third favourite to win behind Kevin Penny and Scott Donald [1]

First Team Début[edit]

On 15 April 2007 Halley coming off the bench made a try scoring début at Grattan Stadium against Hull Kingston Rovers. The following week Halley made his full début against Hull F.C. at the KC Stadium


Halley established himself in the first team in 2008, he scored 4 tries against Toulouse in the Bradford Bulls record 98–6 win


Halley was on Loan at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and scored both tries in the 12–6 win over Wigan Warriors, Halley played 5 games for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats until he returned to Bradford in March 2009. By April 2009 Halley had established himself as the first-choice full back for the Bulls and In July 2009 his form was rewarded when he signed a new two-year contract, extending his stay at Bradford till the end of 2011 [2]

On 30 June 2011 Bradford Bulls released Halley from the rest of his contract so that he could feature more regularly in first team rugby, he was quickly snapped up by neighbours Keighley Cougars.[3]


He has played for Wales at international, and made a two try début against Papua New Guinea on 28 October at the Brewery Field.

He was selected in the Wales squad to face England at the Keepmoat Stadium prior to England's departure for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.[4]

In 2009 He announced that he was switching his International allegiance from Wales to England in an effort to represent his native country in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup[5]


Club career[edit]

Year Club Apps Pts T G FG
2007 Bullscolours.svgBradford Bulls 10 12 3 -
2008 Bullscolours.svgBradford Bulls 20 4 1 -
Total 30 16 4 -

Representative career[edit]

Year Team Matches Tries Goals Field Goals Points
2007 WalesWales 3 2 0 0 8
2008 WalesWales 1 0 0 0 0


  1. ^ Stott, Julie (2009-06-10). "Penny eyes speed crown". London: The Sun. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  2. ^ "Bradford's Halley agrees new deal". BBC. 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  3. ^ , 30 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Crusaders dominate Wales' squad". BBC. 2008-10-03. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  5. ^ "Winger Halley in England switch". BBC. 2009-06-29. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 

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