Bradford Bulls duo buy in to club's vision for future

Adam Sidlow, left, and Tom Olbison have signed one and two-year deals respectively to remain Bulls players

Adam Sidlow, left, and Tom Olbison have signed one and two-year deals respectively to remain Bulls players

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TOM Olbison and Adam Sidlow last night spoke of their delight after it was revealed they have agreed new deals to stay with the Bulls.

Homegrown second-rower Olbison, who has progressed through the ranks at Odsal, has penned a two-year deal, while former Salford prop Sidlow has signed a one-year contract.

The pair have followed Dale Ferguson and Lee Gaskell in agreeing to stay at Bradford in the wake of the club's relegation.

Head coach Jimmy Lowes has also bolstered his squad with the acquisition of Castleford prop Dan Fleming and Salford full back Jake Mullaney as the Bulls prepare for life in the Championship.

Olbison, 23, said: "We've signed up some good players but we know the Championship will be no walkover next year.

"It'll be a big challenge, and we are under no illusions about that, but I'm looking forward to it.

"I never really looked elsewhere and when Bradford came in and offered a two-year deal, I spoke to my agent and was happy to accept it.

"I've been here since I was 15 or 16 and I'm 23 now, so it's a good seven or eight years.

"I've seen a lot of changes in the club's owners, coaches and training venues, so a lot has gone on during my time here. Now hopefully we are settled and can really kick on.

"We've signed a couple of players from other clubs in Jake Mullaney and Dan Fleming, so we're attracting people from elsewhere too.

"Jimmy has told us in training that it's just a matter of buying in to what he's trying to do and believing in each other.

"We did that against Wigan and if we can take it into the Leeds game tomorrow, then I don't think we will be far off."

Sidlow, who arrived from Salford ahead of the 2013 campaign, added: "I'm really ecstatic that Jimmy wanted me, first and foremost, because I love it here.

"Every time I speak about the club, I can't speak highly enough of it. It's a massive club and to play for Bradford is an honour.

"The lads here are amazing and there is just so much banter, it just gets you through training every day."

Lowes has extended Salford winger Danny Williams' loan for a second month and is also boosted by the return of Dale Ferguson for the trip to Leeds.

The head coach said: "Adam is a good old trucker and he gets through a load of work. We'll probably need that in the next couple of years and will try and complement it with the explosive types.

"You need a player like Adam who can do a good job for 80 minutes if asked to. He's a good signing – and Olbison is a good, young kid with a really good attitude.

"He's got a massive amount of potential and the thing I like about Tom is that he will probably fulfil his potential because his attitude is that good.

"They are two good signings and we're getting there now."

The news was announced at last night's re-launch of the club's lottery, where over 1,000 fans packed out the Cedar Court Hotel in Bradford and heard from Lowes, chairman Marc Green, chief executive Robbie Hunter-Paul and lottery guru Alf Davies.

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2:23pm Fri 1 Aug 14

bradfordbronco says...

Obilson's defence was brilliant against Wigan. His defence has always been suspect under the coaching of McNamarra, St hillare, Potter and ****. It seems Lowes is already improving the players skills.

The defence against Wigan was so good. Players been wrapped up forced backwards and Bulls players dominating the tackle enabling them get to their feet quicker than the Wigan guys and stopping the easy metres from acting half back.

Added to that the mistakes in our own half were kept to a minimum. Its an easy game with basic requirements. How come previous coaches just couldn't get their heads around it?
Obilson's defence was brilliant against Wigan. His defence has always been suspect under the coaching of McNamarra, St hillare, Potter and ****. It seems Lowes is already improving the players skills. The defence against Wigan was so good. Players been wrapped up forced backwards and Bulls players dominating the tackle enabling them get to their feet quicker than the Wigan guys and stopping the easy metres from acting half back. Added to that the mistakes in our own half were kept to a minimum. Its an easy game with basic requirements. How come previous coaches just couldn't get their heads around it? bradfordbronco
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2:24pm Fri 1 Aug 14

bradfordbronco says...

Obilson's defence was brilliant against Wigan. His defence has always been suspect under the coaching of McNamarra, St hillare, Potter and ****. It seems Lowes is already improving the players skills.

The defence against Wigan was so good. Players been wrapped up forced backwards and Bulls players dominating the tackle enabling them get to their feet quicker than the Wigan guys and stopping the easy metres from acting half back.

Added to that the mistakes in our own half were kept to a minimum. Its an easy game with basic requirements. How come previous coaches just couldn't get their heads around it?
Obilson's defence was brilliant against Wigan. His defence has always been suspect under the coaching of McNamarra, St hillare, Potter and ****. It seems Lowes is already improving the players skills. The defence against Wigan was so good. Players been wrapped up forced backwards and Bulls players dominating the tackle enabling them get to their feet quicker than the Wigan guys and stopping the easy metres from acting half back. Added to that the mistakes in our own half were kept to a minimum. Its an easy game with basic requirements. How come previous coaches just couldn't get their heads around it? bradfordbronco
  • Score: 0

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