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Francis Cummins insists Bradford Bulls can turn corner

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Francis Cummins is still confident the Bulls can get out of trouble Francis Cummins is still confident the Bulls can get out of trouble

Francis Cummins is predicting “plenty more twists and turns” this season as the Bulls seek to safeguard their Super League status.

Cummins’ men remain eight points behind third-bottom Wakefield after 13 rounds but the relegation picture could change dramatically in the next fortnight.

The Wildcats visit Odsal on June 1 and then, in the week after that crucial encounter, the Bulls’ appeal against their points penalty will be heard, although the date has yet to be confirmed by the Rugby Football League.

Bradford, Wakefield and London Broncos are rated as the most likely relegation candidates but teams such as Salford and Hull FC are far from safe either.

Head coach Cummins said: “There are definitely a few twists to come yet but the good thing is we are getting players back.

“There are a few nervous clubs now, which is good and gets some pressure on other people for a change.

“We just need to keep improving and play our best. If we do that then I’m confident.

“There are a few clubs who have spent a lot of money and it’s not happening for them at the moment. There is pressure on them to perform and we’re going to get some wins.

“You never know what might turn in our favour and, if things do, then those other clubs will be under even greater pressure.”

Catalan Dragons, this weekend’s opponents, appear to have edged themselves away from the prospect of a relegation dogfight after beating London last weekend.

The result lifted them to 12 points but Cummins said: “It only takes a dodgy week of injuries and it can start to go the other way, although I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.

“Catalan are still nervous but, like I say, there will be plenty of twists and turns over the coming weeks and months.”

Meanwhile, the Bulls coach remains on the look-out for further signings and said: “There is nothing else imminent but we’ve still got our ears to the ground.

“We’re still looking and signing Jordan Baldwinson and Mason Tonks from New Zealand shows we have been looking at all options.”

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7:36am Thu 22 May 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

It would seem that apart from free transfers and loan players we are not going to be seeing any strengthening of the squad with any real quality.

Confirmed at the sponsor's dinner last night that no creditors have been paid; so as that is part of the criteria for getting points back on appeal I do not think we can hold our breath on that one.

Still no comment from the Board; must be some root and branch study!
It would seem that apart from free transfers and loan players we are not going to be seeing any strengthening of the squad with any real quality. Confirmed at the sponsor's dinner last night that no creditors have been paid; so as that is part of the criteria for getting points back on appeal I do not think we can hold our breath on that one. Still no comment from the Board; must be some root and branch study! fedupwiththeBS
  • Score: 5

7:53am Thu 22 May 14

flashdonut says...

fedupwiththeBS wrote:
It would seem that apart from free transfers and loan players we are not going to be seeing any strengthening of the squad with any real quality.

Confirmed at the sponsor's dinner last night that no creditors have been paid; so as that is part of the criteria for getting points back on appeal I do not think we can hold our breath on that one.

Still no comment from the Board; must be some root and branch study!
Paying creditors is not part of the appeal. Our appeal is based around the reasons and timing of the administration. As in it may not have been necessary and that the new owners were not giving enough warning to step in and prevent it.
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[quote][p][bold]fedupwiththeBS[/bold] wrote: It would seem that apart from free transfers and loan players we are not going to be seeing any strengthening of the squad with any real quality. Confirmed at the sponsor's dinner last night that no creditors have been paid; so as that is part of the criteria for getting points back on appeal I do not think we can hold our breath on that one. Still no comment from the Board; must be some root and branch study![/p][/quote]Paying creditors is not part of the appeal. Our appeal is based around the reasons and timing of the administration. As in it may not have been necessary and that the new owners were not giving enough warning to step in and prevent it. . flashdonut
  • Score: -1

8:11am Thu 22 May 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

flashdonut wrote:
fedupwiththeBS wrote:
It would seem that apart from free transfers and loan players we are not going to be seeing any strengthening of the squad with any real quality.

Confirmed at the sponsor's dinner last night that no creditors have been paid; so as that is part of the criteria for getting points back on appeal I do not think we can hold our breath on that one.

Still no comment from the Board; must be some root and branch study!
Paying creditors is not part of the appeal. Our appeal is based around the reasons and timing of the administration. As in it may not have been necessary and that the new owners were not giving enough warning to step in and prevent it.
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that is the defence that the Club is trying to use; however as it was Green that forced the Club into Administration to protect his debenture it is all pretty hit and miss.

I hope we do get points back but I feel there is too much hope being put it and not enough on strengthening the squad.
[quote][p][bold]flashdonut[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fedupwiththeBS[/bold] wrote: It would seem that apart from free transfers and loan players we are not going to be seeing any strengthening of the squad with any real quality. Confirmed at the sponsor's dinner last night that no creditors have been paid; so as that is part of the criteria for getting points back on appeal I do not think we can hold our breath on that one. Still no comment from the Board; must be some root and branch study![/p][/quote]Paying creditors is not part of the appeal. Our appeal is based around the reasons and timing of the administration. As in it may not have been necessary and that the new owners were not giving enough warning to step in and prevent it. .[/p][/quote]that is the defence that the Club is trying to use; however as it was Green that forced the Club into Administration to protect his debenture it is all pretty hit and miss. I hope we do get points back but I feel there is too much hope being put it and not enough on strengthening the squad. fedupwiththeBS
  • Score: 5

8:30am Thu 22 May 14

bartsbull says...

I hope we can stay up then we can start to rebuild but it is all ifs and butts
we all need to stick together
Marc Green is trying to get the club financially sound he as been left with a hard task so all the knockers give him time you can not throw goo money after bad
It is the previous owners who put our club in this position it as been said before there are not enough players out there to sign
Also when the league goes down to twelve you will have an average of forty plus players looking for clubs and the academy players

This is one main reason they should have kept the league to fourteen the young players that reach a certain age will have no club to play for you could still have promotion and relegation one up one down

I believe the clubs have not sat down long enough to discuss this and some have been greedy in the respect they will get more money

We will be there to follow our club wish was in France to see them but working COYB
I hope we can stay up then we can start to rebuild but it is all ifs and butts we all need to stick together Marc Green is trying to get the club financially sound he as been left with a hard task so all the knockers give him time you can not throw goo money after bad It is the previous owners who put our club in this position it as been said before there are not enough players out there to sign Also when the league goes down to twelve you will have an average of forty plus players looking for clubs and the academy players This is one main reason they should have kept the league to fourteen the young players that reach a certain age will have no club to play for you could still have promotion and relegation one up one down I believe the clubs have not sat down long enough to discuss this and some have been greedy in the respect they will get more money We will be there to follow our club wish was in France to see them but working COYB bartsbull
  • Score: 3

8:36am Thu 22 May 14

Paul from Idle says...

Marc Greene has aligned the club for the championship next season that is obvious by the loan signings and the "temporary" feel to the playing staff.
The 4 or 5 super league standard players will go the rest will stay on and then it is down to performances on the day.
If by some miracle we stay up then he will strengthen the squad but certainly not before the end of the season.
Marc Greene has aligned the club for the championship next season that is obvious by the loan signings and the "temporary" feel to the playing staff. The 4 or 5 super league standard players will go the rest will stay on and then it is down to performances on the day. If by some miracle we stay up then he will strengthen the squad but certainly not before the end of the season. Paul from Idle
  • Score: 0

9:25am Thu 22 May 14

bingleymoor says...

As someone in business and with only a general interest in Bradford sport, I find he affairs of the Bulls almost hypnotic. I understood that the pre-requisite of the RfL for new owners was that the Creditors, including HMRC were paid in full. FedupwiththeBS saysthat is not the case of last night which causes me to wonder about the whole process around the appointment of the new owner.
As I said earlier this week, I have a feeing that the current ownership is simply a means of Mr. Green getting his £200k debt back at which point he can choose to walk away.
As to the 6 point deduction against the non payment of Creditors, if fedup is right thee can be no other outcome than the deduction stays and lack of activity on player recruitment or loan signings seems to indicate the Bulls already know their fate and are looking to next season or the next Admin.
As someone in business and with only a general interest in Bradford sport, I find he affairs of the Bulls almost hypnotic. I understood that the pre-requisite of the RfL for new owners was that the Creditors, including HMRC were paid in full. FedupwiththeBS saysthat is not the case of last night which causes me to wonder about the whole process around the appointment of the new owner. As I said earlier this week, I have a feeing that the current ownership is simply a means of Mr. Green getting his £200k debt back at which point he can choose to walk away. As to the 6 point deduction against the non payment of Creditors, if fedup is right thee can be no other outcome than the deduction stays and lack of activity on player recruitment or loan signings seems to indicate the Bulls already know their fate and are looking to next season or the next Admin. bingleymoor
  • Score: 6

11:37am Thu 22 May 14

Bowlingboy says...

I think the coaching staff and new owners are full of BS,
why not just be honest about new signings?
If we aren't getting anyone or there is to be no investment then so be it kick on and prepare for the worst.

But to issue statements like "We are a few days of signing an outside back and prop" and "My main aim is super league survival"
are blatant lies intended to mislead and we have certainly had enough of that over recent years.

FC would be better keeping quiet and doing the talking on the field.
I think the coaching staff and new owners are full of BS, why not just be honest about new signings? If we aren't getting anyone or there is to be no investment then so be it kick on and prepare for the worst. But to issue statements like "We are a few days of signing an outside back and prop" and "My main aim is super league survival" are blatant lies intended to mislead and we have certainly had enough of that over recent years. FC would be better keeping quiet and doing the talking on the field. Bowlingboy
  • Score: 7

1:27pm Thu 22 May 14

oswald777 says...

It doesn't matter people think of Cummins, they can't knock his sense of humour !! He thinks we can stay up ??? Ha ha h ha ha.
It doesn't matter people think of Cummins, they can't knock his sense of humour !! He thinks we can stay up ??? Ha ha h ha ha. oswald777
  • Score: -1

5:58pm Thu 22 May 14

Paul from Idle says...

Like I said previous ready to drop and roll!!
Like I said previous ready to drop and roll!! Paul from Idle
  • Score: 1

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