Bradford Bulls: We will nurture teenage trio, says Medley

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Bulls head of youth development Paul Medley Bulls head of youth development Paul 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

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8:08am Wed 14 Nov 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

Lets hope the assurance talked about has more substance than his previous assurances to scholars.
Lets hope the assurance talked about has more substance than his previous assurances to scholars. ifallwerelikemumby
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8:34am Wed 14 Nov 12

JAtkinson says...

ifallwerelikemumby wrote:
Lets hope the assurance talked about has more substance than his previous assurances to scholars.
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[quote][p][bold]ifallwerelikemumby[/bold] wrote: Lets hope the assurance talked about has more substance than his previous assurances to scholars.[/p][/quote]{yawn} JAtkinson
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8:51am Wed 14 Nov 12

Mumby was the best says...

ifallwerelikemumby wrote:
Lets hope the assurance talked about has more substance than his previous assurances to scholars.
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[quote][p][bold]ifallwerelikemumby[/bold] wrote: Lets hope the assurance talked about has more substance than his previous assurances to scholars.[/p][/quote]ZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzz zzzzzz Mumby was the best
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9:04am Wed 14 Nov 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

You still here MUMBLY , Thanks for showing just how shallow and a liar you are.
You still here MUMBLY , Thanks for showing just how shallow and a liar you are. ifallwerelikemumby
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9:15am Wed 14 Nov 12

bullsone03 says...

I think it is a good idea keeping them here in the under 19‘s hopefully in 1 or 2 years they will be ready to play at super league level hopefully for Bradford
I think it is a good idea keeping them here in the under 19‘s hopefully in 1 or 2 years they will be ready to play at super league level hopefully for Bradford bullsone03
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10:19am Wed 14 Nov 12

Steam Pigs says...

DON'T FEED THE TROLL

Simples
DON'T FEED THE TROLL Simples Steam Pigs
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11:12am Wed 14 Nov 12

THEMANOFSTEEL says...

I have only just found out which positions they play in. i thought one may have been a young prop.

i know we are struggling on props and FC says he wants one more but i would still look at another for options or at least borrow from Dewsbury.

Props dont exactly last a full year!

I know we dont have the cash but loan sign or anybody would be a good option!
I have only just found out which positions they play in. i thought one may have been a young prop. i know we are struggling on props and FC says he wants one more but i would still look at another for options or at least borrow from Dewsbury. Props dont exactly last a full year! I know we dont have the cash but loan sign or anybody would be a good option! THEMANOFSTEEL
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11:24am Wed 14 Nov 12

Prycey says...

Talking good sense. Youngsters take time and these are for the future but need to develop around our first team. The kids of today are our future tomorrow. I for one like Medders and think he is doing a good job and will become more important as our new owners clearly see producing our own as the way ahead. Losing one this week if true is a shame but there is more behind that than what is stated in the paper. He wants to go to Leeds so fair enough!
We have still got a craking group of youngsters that other clubs have stated are some of the best. So we need to spend the £1.2m on youth development over the coming years as stated last week and who knows how we will be rewarded in a few years time. It may be a tough season ahead but things will steadily improve if we give the new owners and coach time.
Talking good sense. Youngsters take time and these are for the future but need to develop around our first team. The kids of today are our future tomorrow. I for one like Medders and think he is doing a good job and will become more important as our new owners clearly see producing our own as the way ahead. Losing one this week if true is a shame but there is more behind that than what is stated in the paper. He wants to go to Leeds so fair enough! We have still got a craking group of youngsters that other clubs have stated are some of the best. So we need to spend the £1.2m on youth development over the coming years as stated last week and who knows how we will be rewarded in a few years time. It may be a tough season ahead but things will steadily improve if we give the new owners and coach time. Prycey
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11:25am Wed 14 Nov 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

Use MUMBLY or Viking oh you meant front row prop not a clothes prop silly me.
Use MUMBLY or Viking oh you meant front row prop not a clothes prop silly me. ifallwerelikemumby
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7:11pm Wed 14 Nov 12

franklyn says...

Yes i believe they should treat these kids with caution but. don't wrap them in cotton wool.
If you watch how other clubs blood their youngsters,they introduce them gradually against the weaker clubs in S/L. Most of the great players of past and present were first team regular in their late teens.
Was sad to see the young prop go to leeds. he was one we could have done with holding on to. but if they don't want to play for you it's no good standing in their way. best of luck to the lad.
Yes i believe they should treat these kids with caution but. don't wrap them in cotton wool. If you watch how other clubs blood their youngsters,they introduce them gradually against the weaker clubs in S/L. Most of the great players of past and present were first team regular in their late teens. Was sad to see the young prop go to leeds. he was one we could have done with holding on to. but if they don't want to play for you it's no good standing in their way. best of luck to the lad. franklyn
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9:18pm Wed 14 Nov 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

I am sure leeds will blood liam against a weaker team, probably the one he has just left .
I am sure leeds will blood liam against a weaker team, probably the one he has just left . ifallwerelikemumby
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