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Bradford Bulls: We will nurture teenage trio, says Medley
Paul Medley has given an assurance that young guns Olivier Roberts, Curtis Naughton and Sam Wood will be carefully looked after next season.
The three teenagers have been promoted into Francis Cummins’ senior squad ahead of the 2013 campaign.
Full back Naughton and back-row Roberts, both 17, last month signed three-year deals and centre Wood, 18, penned a two-year contract.
All three are set to feature regularly for the Under-19s in the coming season and will therefore not be heading out to Dewsbury, the Bulls’ partnership club.
Head of youth development Medley said: “We want them to develop in our system, in our club. We don’t want them exposed to an environment that they might not quite be up to physically.
“Our aim is to get them playing Super League in a couple of years’ time and we’re going to put them on a programme of development through Tom Clough, our new conditioner.
“To do that they need to play in their own age group and be comfortable.
“We don’t want them to be playing against men and getting bashed about in the Championship, meaning that their bodies spend more time repairing than growing.”
Head of strength and conditioning Clough is rated highly at Odsal and will work closely with the Bulls players to meet their individual needs.
“Tom is outstanding and has been with me in the Academy for three years anyway, where he has done a great job,” added Medley