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Joe Arundel ready to go for Bradford Bulls
Joe Arundel is raring to go as he prepares to make his Bulls debut in the Super League home clash with Warrington on Sunday.
The former Castleford centre arrived on loan until the end of the season along with Hull FC team-mate Jay Pitts last week.
While Pitts made his bow in last weekend’s Challenge Cup win over Catalan Dragons, Arundel was cup-tied.
Now though, the 22-year-old looks certain to face Warrington and he admits he cannot wait to run out at Odsal.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Arundel.
“The boys had a good win against Catalan so I need to perform if selected and then try and keep my spot.
“Training has been good and the boys have been really helpful. I knew quite a few of them already and have fitted in without any problems.
“It’s a good set-up here at Tong – probably one of the best I’ve seen, to be honest.”
Arundel was impressed as Francis Cummins’ men fought back from 16-0 down to beat Catalan 33-20.
“Players such as Luke Gale, Brett Kearney and Lee Gaskell are class acts but I thought the forwards really stood up last weekend,” he said.
“The first ten minutes or so were tough but the lads turned it around and full credit to them.
“All the lads played well, and Luke George and Adrian Purtell were quality in the centres, so we’ll have to see what Franny does against Warrington.
“I certainly hope to be involved and it’s up to me to force my way into his plans. All I can do is keep working hard.”
Victory for Bradford on Sunday would condemn Warrington’s side to a sixth Super League defeat of the season.
But Arundel cautioned: “They have got threats all over the park: Michael and Joel Monaghan, Matty Russell, Richie Myler and Stefan Ratchford.
“They are strong in the forwards – Chris Hill has been leading them – and in the centres too with Chris Bridge.
“Ryan Atkins is also starting to get back to his best form too, so it’ll be a good contest.
“We’ve got a tough period coming up but there is no reason why we can’t pick up a few wins. Everyone is beatable this year.”
Cummins, meanwhile, is closing in on new signings and is hoping to bolster his squad before the weekend.
“I hope to have someone in but things aren’t happening quickly,” said the Bradford head coach, who is still seeking authorisation to make overseas signings.
“There are other clubs involved and the search has been non-stop for three or four weeks now.
“Hopefully we’ll see something happen, if not this week then in the next couple of weeks.
“We need middle men and we’ve probably got four props at the moment but we need another one or two.
“Ideally I would like permanent signings but we may have to take more loans because that’s where we are at the moment.”
Cummins said: “Donno has got a good chance and Dale should be back in full training, but we don’t want to rush him back.
“There are a few players wrapped up in cotton wool and we will assess everyone tomorrow (Friday).”
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