Jimmy Lowes sets sights on rebuilding job at Bradford Bulls

Jimmy Lowes is looking ahead positively to life in the Championship

Jimmy Lowes is looking ahead positively to life in the Championship

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JIMMY Lowes says plans are already taking shape for next year as the Bulls prepare for relegation from Super League.

Defeat at Huddersfield tomorrow would condemn Bradford to life outside the top flight for the first time since 1973-74.

It is all a far cry from Lowes' hugely successful eight-year stay at Odsal as a player, which ended on a high by helping them complete the league and cup double in 2003.

But the Bulls head coach says he has different plans for Super League or the Championship, with several players keen to stay and help the club bounce back at the first attempt.

A number of announcements are expected early next week and the legendary former hooker said: "There's a plan A and a plan B, so we've started the process of looking at players for both scenarios.

"We just need to definitely know whether we're down or not. Once we know where we are, we can decide what our plan is.

"In the position we're in, it's highly unlikely we're going to win all our remaining games and Salford or Hull lose all theirs.

"We're half preparing ourselves for plan B anyway and telling players what we want to do in the future.

"I don't know if the uncertainty puts us behind with our planning because players never make their mind up straight away.

"You can pick players up early on in the season next year. Players will always become available, so we won't panic.

"We have certain players in mind for the future and players who we haven't even thought about could pop up."

Luke Gale will join Castleford next season and question marks surround the future of several other players.

But Lowes revealed: "Nobody has come out and said outright that they want to leave.

"There are some strong players in this side, though, who want to play at the very top – and that's not disrespectful towards us.

"They have to look after themselves and they're not letting anyone down here because they're ambitious. They want to play at the top and test themselves."

Lowes is keen to find the right blend for the Championship, explaining: "We need some older players there – whether it's from Super League, New Zealand, Australia or even the Championship itself.

"It's not what division they're from which is important; not necessarily the Championship – although there are some good players down there.

"I'd like to keep all the players but that just isn't going to happen and some will want to leave. But we'll have a massively clearer picture when our situation becomes clear.

"There's obviously a financial issue there with Super League and Championship and the difference between the two."

Lowes said emphasis would be placed on developing home-grown talent from an academy which has spawned the likes of brothers Sam, George and Tom Burgess, Elliott Whitehead, John Bateman and current trio James Donaldson, Tom Olbison and Danny Addy.

"Hopefully we're going to recreate that Bradford academy in the coming months," he said.

"We're not going to lose our academy if we go down. It will stay Super League standard and it will be even stronger next year.

"Bradford had a great system in the past and they've produced some world-class players."

Relegation would cap a disastrous campaign which has seen the Bulls enter administration, docked six points and lose key players.

Lowes admitted: "It's sad and what people will remember about the Bradford Bulls is relegation, administration and trouble.

"That's not what the club is about, though. It has a far greater history back to the Bradford Northern days.

"That's why we've got a really loyal core of fans and if we do go down there are still four or five thousand people there who will stick with us through thick and thin.

"Hopefully that will see us in a position to get back up to the top division at some point.

"Occasionally clubs will go through cycles – Leeds Rhinos went through one and they produced some youth and have got back to the top – and unfortunately we're at the bottom of that cycle.

"We've got to rebuild and start again from the bottom. We've got to get the club back to where it was at the start of Super League and it won't be easy.

"We'll have to roll our sleeves up but we're all determined to do that."

Lowes said spirits among his players when he arrived last month were lower than he expected but he insists they have not even mentioned the dreaded prospect of relegation this week.

He added: "The mood was probably worse than I imagined. As we all know with the mind, it doesn't happen overnight - it's a long process to change someone's mental approach.

"We're working on it, though, and irrelevant of what happens on Sunday we'll continue to do that.

"We've trained well this week, and although it may be too little, too late, they are showing some great attitudes in training.

"Unless the boys are going to retire they're still in the professional game, and they have to have the right attitude in case someone is looking at you for next season.

"We haven't mentioned relegation at all. I didn't see any reason to mention it; let's focus on the game and everything else will take care of itself.

"If we are relegated then we'll deal with that on Monday morning. If we get a stay of execution then we'll go onto Wigan and deal with that."

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9:39am Sat 19 Jul 14

Forever-Bfd says...

PLEASE get on with signing up players for Championship, sadly we all know that's where we are going. PLEASE don't wait until next year if you expect to keep the core of fans and sell season tickets. Knowing we have a team of players ready for next season is the only way to soften the blow.
PLEASE get on with signing up players for Championship, sadly we all know that's where we are going. PLEASE don't wait until next year if you expect to keep the core of fans and sell season tickets. Knowing we have a team of players ready for next season is the only way to soften the blow. Forever-Bfd
  • Score: 9

10:32am Sat 19 Jul 14

The Man From the Pru says...

Well said JL, , the Championship is calling. But good to see, Irons in the fire, announcements next week, that's good, looking at a blend of youth and experience, to take us straight back up. We've been down before went back up and as they say the rest is history.

Forever, did you actually read the whole article and inwardly digest it. Well, if you had you wouldn't have asked them to sign players, would you.
Well said JL, , the Championship is calling. But good to see, Irons in the fire, announcements next week, that's good, looking at a blend of youth and experience, to take us straight back up. We've been down before went back up and as they say the rest is history. Forever, did you actually read the whole article and inwardly digest it. Well, if you had you wouldn't have asked them to sign players, would you. The Man From the Pru
  • Score: 0

10:36am Sat 19 Jul 14

Paul from Idle says...

It doesn't read well get the impression they are going to try and get back up with home grown players and other clubs journeymen. It is obvious mark greene will not invest in the club and I'm afraid they will be in the championship longer than people may think
It doesn't read well get the impression they are going to try and get back up with home grown players and other clubs journeymen. It is obvious mark greene will not invest in the club and I'm afraid they will be in the championship longer than people may think Paul from Idle
  • Score: -2

11:29am Sat 19 Jul 14

Out of site says...

Paul from Idle wrote:
It doesn't read well get the impression they are going to try and get back up with home grown players and other clubs journeymen. It is obvious mark greene will not invest in the club and I'm afraid they will be in the championship longer than people may think
Or more likely go out of business,then a mosque can be built on the tip.there will be more attend the mosque than will turn up to watch the rubbish the bullocks parade every other week.
[quote][p][bold]Paul from Idle[/bold] wrote: It doesn't read well get the impression they are going to try and get back up with home grown players and other clubs journeymen. It is obvious mark greene will not invest in the club and I'm afraid they will be in the championship longer than people may think[/p][/quote]Or more likely go out of business,then a mosque can be built on the tip.there will be more attend the mosque than will turn up to watch the rubbish the bullocks parade every other week. Out of site
  • Score: -22

11:51am Sat 19 Jul 14

theviking62 says...

Reads perfectly well, they have a list of players they want, to do the job. If you had any knowledge of the Bulls/Northern, you would see that we became a great team using " other clubs journey men players or has beens " let's see how many I can remember, Jimmy Thomson, Bernard Dwyer, Sonny Nickle, Bob Haigh, should I go on. There is nothing wrong with this thinking, blending youth with experience, look at Rhinos, that's how they did it, when they went through a rough patch, Wigan, the same, Saints, Wire, shall I go on.

Out of s*ite, your thoughts are those of a lame brained Troll. Reminds me of TBC, Shelf, Axel. Your attempt at annoying folk is pathetic, as always, in what ever guise you choose.
Reads perfectly well, they have a list of players they want, to do the job. If you had any knowledge of the Bulls/Northern, you would see that we became a great team using " other clubs journey men players or has beens " let's see how many I can remember, Jimmy Thomson, Bernard Dwyer, Sonny Nickle, Bob Haigh, should I go on. There is nothing wrong with this thinking, blending youth with experience, look at Rhinos, that's how they did it, when they went through a rough patch, Wigan, the same, Saints, Wire, shall I go on. Out of s*ite, your thoughts are those of a lame brained Troll. Reminds me of TBC, Shelf, Axel. Your attempt at annoying folk is pathetic, as always, in what ever guise you choose. theviking62
  • Score: 16

12:00pm Sat 19 Jul 14

hulksmash says...

Out of site wrote:
Paul from Idle wrote: It doesn't read well get the impression they are going to try and get back up with home grown players and other clubs journeymen. It is obvious mark greene will not invest in the club and I'm afraid they will be in the championship longer than people may think
Or more likely go out of business,then a mosque can be built on the tip.there will be more attend the mosque than will turn up to watch the rubbish the bullocks parade every other week.
Why don't you just 'do one' freak. I have to admit, you do your job well of winding us folk up, but that's where the admiration ends. Just think you're a bit weird really. Any normal person with an affinity to a particular club, would post comments on 'that' clubs forum. Please go away quickly you turdy simpleton. ;)
[quote][p][bold]Out of site[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Paul from Idle[/bold] wrote: It doesn't read well get the impression they are going to try and get back up with home grown players and other clubs journeymen. It is obvious mark greene will not invest in the club and I'm afraid they will be in the championship longer than people may think[/p][/quote]Or more likely go out of business,then a mosque can be built on the tip.there will be more attend the mosque than will turn up to watch the rubbish the bullocks parade every other week.[/p][/quote]Why don't you just 'do one' freak. I have to admit, you do your job well of winding us folk up, but that's where the admiration ends. Just think you're a bit weird really. Any normal person with an affinity to a particular club, would post comments on 'that' clubs forum. Please go away quickly you turdy simpleton. ;) hulksmash
  • Score: 5

12:30pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Paul from Idle says...

Just an observation did not say if right or wrong way of going about it. As for Dwyer Nickle Thompson etc you obviously haven't a clue if you think those guys were journeymen ! At the end if the day if you study next years promotion route you will find it very hard to overcome the SL teams unless a koukash method is used to fund the side and basically that is what the article is saying...
Just an observation did not say if right or wrong way of going about it. As for Dwyer Nickle Thompson etc you obviously haven't a clue if you think those guys were journeymen ! At the end if the day if you study next years promotion route you will find it very hard to overcome the SL teams unless a koukash method is used to fund the side and basically that is what the article is saying... Paul from Idle
  • Score: -2

1:18pm Sat 19 Jul 14

jozieme says...

Paul from Idle wrote:
It doesn't read well get the impression they are going to try and get back up with home grown players and other clubs journeymen. It is obvious mark greene will not invest in the club and I'm afraid they will be in the championship longer than people may think
Paul;, I understand that Marc Green taking the points deduction to the High Court is costing thousands, although we wont' as a club, benefit from this, he is wanting to set some kind of precedent into RL law which will benefit any other RL club in the future.
The fact that he is doing this, says to me that he has Bradford Bulls close to his heart and will not desert the supporters by doing some kind of exit when we are relegated......Some stage or other we have to trust this man and his board , to bring us back into the spotlight....
[quote][p][bold]Paul from Idle[/bold] wrote: It doesn't read well get the impression they are going to try and get back up with home grown players and other clubs journeymen. It is obvious mark greene will not invest in the club and I'm afraid they will be in the championship longer than people may think[/p][/quote]Paul;, I understand that Marc Green taking the points deduction to the High Court is costing thousands, although we wont' as a club, benefit from this, he is wanting to set some kind of precedent into RL law which will benefit any other RL club in the future. The fact that he is doing this, says to me that he has Bradford Bulls close to his heart and will not desert the supporters by doing some kind of exit when we are relegated......Some stage or other we have to trust this man and his board , to bring us back into the spotlight.... jozieme
  • Score: 7

3:03pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Notice London have signed another NRL player. They'll be a tough team next year.

They seem to have a lot of money, winner if RFL have promised them an immediate return?
Notice London have signed another NRL player. They'll be a tough team next year. They seem to have a lot of money, winner if RFL have promised them an immediate return? Bone_idle18
  • Score: 1

3:58pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Out of site says...

theviking62 wrote:
Reads perfectly well, they have a list of players they want, to do the job. If you had any knowledge of the Bulls/Northern, you would see that we became a great team using " other clubs journey men players or has beens " let's see how many I can remember, Jimmy Thomson, Bernard Dwyer, Sonny Nickle, Bob Haigh, should I go on. There is nothing wrong with this thinking, blending youth with experience, look at Rhinos, that's how they did it, when they went through a rough patch, Wigan, the same, Saints, Wire, shall I go on.

Out of s*ite, your thoughts are those of a lame brained Troll. Reminds me of TBC, Shelf, Axel. Your attempt at annoying folk is pathetic, as always, in what ever guise you choose.
Why respond gay Viking?its because you know there's every chance that what I've posted is a possibility.what will you do with your sad little life when the bullocks have gone?its not even a national sport it's generally only played on the M62 corridor,you don't need many brains to play it and judging by you so called fans none to watch it.
[quote][p][bold]theviking62[/bold] wrote: Reads perfectly well, they have a list of players they want, to do the job. If you had any knowledge of the Bulls/Northern, you would see that we became a great team using " other clubs journey men players or has beens " let's see how many I can remember, Jimmy Thomson, Bernard Dwyer, Sonny Nickle, Bob Haigh, should I go on. There is nothing wrong with this thinking, blending youth with experience, look at Rhinos, that's how they did it, when they went through a rough patch, Wigan, the same, Saints, Wire, shall I go on. Out of s*ite, your thoughts are those of a lame brained Troll. Reminds me of TBC, Shelf, Axel. Your attempt at annoying folk is pathetic, as always, in what ever guise you choose.[/p][/quote]Why respond gay Viking?its because you know there's every chance that what I've posted is a possibility.what will you do with your sad little life when the bullocks have gone?its not even a national sport it's generally only played on the M62 corridor,you don't need many brains to play it and judging by you so called fans none to watch it. Out of site
  • Score: -11

7:04pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Rock24784 says...

hulksmash wrote:
Out of site wrote:
Paul from Idle wrote: It doesn't read well get the impression they are going to try and get back up with home grown players and other clubs journeymen. It is obvious mark greene will not invest in the club and I'm afraid they will be in the championship longer than people may think
Or more likely go out of business,then a mosque can be built on the tip.there will be more attend the mosque than will turn up to watch the rubbish the bullocks parade every other week.
Why don't you just 'do one' freak. I have to admit, you do your job well of winding us folk up, but that's where the admiration ends. Just think you're a bit weird really. Any normal person with an affinity to a particular club, would post comments on 'that' clubs forum. Please go away quickly you turdy simpleton. ;)
Well said that man .
[quote][p][bold]hulksmash[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Out of site[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Paul from Idle[/bold] wrote: It doesn't read well get the impression they are going to try and get back up with home grown players and other clubs journeymen. It is obvious mark greene will not invest in the club and I'm afraid they will be in the championship longer than people may think[/p][/quote]Or more likely go out of business,then a mosque can be built on the tip.there will be more attend the mosque than will turn up to watch the rubbish the bullocks parade every other week.[/p][/quote]Why don't you just 'do one' freak. I have to admit, you do your job well of winding us folk up, but that's where the admiration ends. Just think you're a bit weird really. Any normal person with an affinity to a particular club, would post comments on 'that' clubs forum. Please go away quickly you turdy simpleton. ;)[/p][/quote]Well said that man . Rock24784
  • Score: 2

7:04pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Rock24784 says...

hulksmash wrote:
Out of site wrote:
Paul from Idle wrote: It doesn't read well get the impression they are going to try and get back up with home grown players and other clubs journeymen. It is obvious mark greene will not invest in the club and I'm afraid they will be in the championship longer than people may think
Or more likely go out of business,then a mosque can be built on the tip.there will be more attend the mosque than will turn up to watch the rubbish the bullocks parade every other week.
Why don't you just 'do one' freak. I have to admit, you do your job well of winding us folk up, but that's where the admiration ends. Just think you're a bit weird really. Any normal person with an affinity to a particular club, would post comments on 'that' clubs forum. Please go away quickly you turdy simpleton. ;)
Well said that man .
[quote][p][bold]hulksmash[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Out of site[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Paul from Idle[/bold] wrote: It doesn't read well get the impression they are going to try and get back up with home grown players and other clubs journeymen. It is obvious mark greene will not invest in the club and I'm afraid they will be in the championship longer than people may think[/p][/quote]Or more likely go out of business,then a mosque can be built on the tip.there will be more attend the mosque than will turn up to watch the rubbish the bullocks parade every other week.[/p][/quote]Why don't you just 'do one' freak. I have to admit, you do your job well of winding us folk up, but that's where the admiration ends. Just think you're a bit weird really. Any normal person with an affinity to a particular club, would post comments on 'that' clubs forum. Please go away quickly you turdy simpleton. ;)[/p][/quote]Well said that man . Rock24784
  • Score: 0

8:29pm Sat 19 Jul 14

raisemeup says...

Out of site wrote:
theviking62 wrote:
Reads perfectly well, they have a list of players they want, to do the job. If you had any knowledge of the Bulls/Northern, you would see that we became a great team using " other clubs journey men players or has beens " let's see how many I can remember, Jimmy Thomson, Bernard Dwyer, Sonny Nickle, Bob Haigh, should I go on. There is nothing wrong with this thinking, blending youth with experience, look at Rhinos, that's how they did it, when they went through a rough patch, Wigan, the same, Saints, Wire, shall I go on.

Out of s*ite, your thoughts are those of a lame brained Troll. Reminds me of TBC, Shelf, Axel. Your attempt at annoying folk is pathetic, as always, in what ever guise you choose.
Why respond gay Viking?its because you know there's every chance that what I've posted is a possibility.what will you do with your sad little life when the bullocks have gone?its not even a national sport it's generally only played on the M62 corridor,you don't need many brains to play it and judging by you so called fans none to watch it.
What a wag you are out of site?
Imagine talking about brains in any of your posts!
Priceless!!
[quote][p][bold]Out of site[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]theviking62[/bold] wrote: Reads perfectly well, they have a list of players they want, to do the job. If you had any knowledge of the Bulls/Northern, you would see that we became a great team using " other clubs journey men players or has beens " let's see how many I can remember, Jimmy Thomson, Bernard Dwyer, Sonny Nickle, Bob Haigh, should I go on. There is nothing wrong with this thinking, blending youth with experience, look at Rhinos, that's how they did it, when they went through a rough patch, Wigan, the same, Saints, Wire, shall I go on. Out of s*ite, your thoughts are those of a lame brained Troll. Reminds me of TBC, Shelf, Axel. Your attempt at annoying folk is pathetic, as always, in what ever guise you choose.[/p][/quote]Why respond gay Viking?its because you know there's every chance that what I've posted is a possibility.what will you do with your sad little life when the bullocks have gone?its not even a national sport it's generally only played on the M62 corridor,you don't need many brains to play it and judging by you so called fans none to watch it.[/p][/quote]What a wag you are out of site? Imagine talking about brains in any of your posts! Priceless!! raisemeup
  • Score: 4

9:00pm Sat 19 Jul 14

theviking62 says...

Out of s*ite, you give yourself away! by turning to insults. Hiya, Shelf, still making your obligatory, homophobic remarks, regarding anyone who sees through you.

The Bulls, will be back in SL, sooner, rather than later. Despite what other, so called fans think. Idle Paul, if you read my post, I said, journeymen and rejects, of those you mentioned , two were a make weight in a transfer, tells me rejected, Bob Haigh we bought from Leeds who thought he was " over the hill " rejection again.

Anyway would love to stop and chat, but it's time for drink and watching the Sun set over the Med.
Out of s*ite, you give yourself away! by turning to insults. Hiya, Shelf, still making your obligatory, homophobic remarks, regarding anyone who sees through you. The Bulls, will be back in SL, sooner, rather than later. Despite what other, so called fans think. Idle Paul, if you read my post, I said, journeymen and rejects, of those you mentioned , two were a make weight in a transfer, tells me rejected, Bob Haigh we bought from Leeds who thought he was " over the hill " rejection again. Anyway would love to stop and chat, but it's time for drink and watching the Sun set over the Med. theviking62
  • Score: 0

7:50am Sun 20 Jul 14

axelf1963 says...

Its not TBC Viking but nice to have you back. I may even have a final verse of your song for today once you get relegated
Giants by 28 +
Its not TBC Viking but nice to have you back. I may even have a final verse of your song for today once you get relegated Giants by 28 + axelf1963
  • Score: 1

12:14pm Sun 20 Jul 14

tezzawils says...

Just read in star on sunday we signed Richard Moore if that's the type player we signing we be in championship a long time we don't need players like him he's a liability out and out thug
Just read in star on sunday we signed Richard Moore if that's the type player we signing we be in championship a long time we don't need players like him he's a liability out and out thug tezzawils
  • Score: 1

4:48pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Forever-Bfd says...

Pru man "you can always pick players up at the beginning of the season" is what I was referring to. Seem to remember we said we could pick people up this season and it didn't happen, could only get players on loan, I'm afraid all that did was make up the numbers. Let's hope they do sign some good players and then we may sell enough season tickets.
Pru man "you can always pick players up at the beginning of the season" is what I was referring to. Seem to remember we said we could pick people up this season and it didn't happen, could only get players on loan, I'm afraid all that did was make up the numbers. Let's hope they do sign some good players and then we may sell enough season tickets. Forever-Bfd
  • Score: 0

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