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Bradford Bulls poised to finalise Adam Henry signing
Francis Cummins is on the verge of announcing his fifth new signing in Sydney Roosters outside back Adam Henry after the Bulls' new ownership was all but confirmed yesterday.
The recruitment of two new players and a deal to bring back Warrington prop Ben Evans on a season-long loan are currently being held up until the RFL approve the club’s new owners.
But after a positive meeting with the game’s governing body yesterday, joint owners Andrew Calvert, Ian Watt, Mark Moore and Ryan Whitcut are set to have their ownership of the club sanctioned.
Henry, 22, is set to be the first of those signings to be announced, with the club now in a position to apply for the New Zealander’s visa.
Speaking after the meeting, Whitcut said: “Both Nigel Wood and Blake Solly were impre-ssed with what we have produced for them and the quality of the new directors announced in the last couple of weeks. We are hoping that things should be sorted out by the end of this week.
“We are now also in a position to proceed with the signing of Adam Henry from Sydney Roosters, which is really positive news for the club and its supporters.”
RFL director of standards and licensing Blake Solly said: “It was good to meet with the new board of directors and hear their commitment to the club, the players and the supporters.
“We are moving as quickly as possible to conclude the process of approving the change of control, and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the directors of the club for assisting in the process.”
Henry can’t wait to join his team-mates for pre season training. The 22-year-old said: “I just can’t wait to get over. It’s been a bit of a frustrating time for me but my manager kept me informed and I wasn’t unduly worried about the outcome.
“It’s a great opportunity for me to come over to the UK and join a famous club. My manager approached the Bulls and Francis Cummins spoke to Brian Smith, who recommended me to him. I’m grateful to Brian and to Francis for giving me the opportunity and I can’t wait to get started.”
Head coach Cummins feels Adam will add a lot to the club. He said: “He comes highly recommended by Brian Smith and that recommendation went a long way towards getting permission to sign him, despite him not playing enough NRL games with the Roosters last season to automatically qualify for a Visa.
“As a game we are not producing enough outside backs in this country and here we have acquired the services of a very talented footballer at a young age.
“He is hungry to succeed and his size, footwork and skills are all that you want in a player. He will be a great addition to the squad for next season and hopefully we will also see Sam Wood develop further within our system.
“He is another young player who we have high hopes for in the future in the outside backs.”
Cummins cannot wait to finally reveal his new signings, with further additions also a possibility.
Cummins said: “I’m pretty sure that we’re going to be ratified. What’s holding us up is that we’ve agreed deals for a couple of players but at the minute we can’t finalise that and get them rubber-stamped.
“The frustrating bit for me is that I don’t want to promise things that I can’t deliver and reputation is something that is very important to me.
“I keep saying it but I’ve met a lot of people who want to come here, and even through the rough times.
“There’s been the odd thing, like Gaz Carvell coming out in the press and saying he wasn’t sure what was going on.
“But people have never wanted to stop coming here. We’ve got more people wanting to come here right now but they’re either on too much money or they don’t fit what we’re looking for.
“People can see and are hearing that good things are going on here.”
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