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Bradford Bulls forward out to make second year a Don deal
James Donaldson is confident he can play regularly enough to remain a Bulls player beyond next season.
The back-rower signed a new one-year deal in August that will keep him at the Provident Stadium until the end of 2014.
It is an incentive-based contract that could run into a second year depending on the amount of appearances he makes.
The Cumbrian, who played in 18 Super League matches during 2013, said: “I have to play two thirds of the games next season for the second year of the contract to kick in.
“It’s a pretty tough deal but I’ve done it this year so hopefully I can do it again next season.
“I think I’ll be in a lot better position next year. Hopefully I can get a good pre-season, put some size on, and try and work a bit more on the attacking side of my game.
“If I can have a good start then I will be in a lot better position going into the back end of the year.”
Donaldson attracted interest from a number of other Super League clubs before agreeing to stay at Bradford.
The 22-year-old said: “It didn’t take long to sort out after they told me they wanted me. I was delighted to get it finalised.”
Donaldson, meanwhile, is confident that Francis Cummins’ side can emerge as a more potent force next season – provided they cut out the mistakes He added: “Franny said all year that the difference between the winning and losing side is that the winning sides do it right first time.
“We didn’t do that most of the season. As long as we do it right first time, we’re all right but when we get off to a slow start then it affects us for the rest of the game.”
Donaldson also paid tribute to Jamie Langley following his departure from the Bulls and subsequent move to Hull KR.
He said: “Langers is a great friend of mine and looked after me ever since I came here.
“It's sad to see him go because he's made a massive contribution to the club.
“You don’t get many players who stay loyal to one club for so long. Langers is an honest player in what he delivers and he gives 110 per cent every week. That’s all you can ask for.”
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