Brett Kearney can be inspiration to Curtis Naughton at Bradford Bulls

Bulls teenager Curtis Naughton has been handed his first full-time professional contract

Bulls teenager Curtis Naughton has been handed his first full-time professional contract

First published in Sport Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford Bulls Reporter

Bulls rookie Curtis Naughton believes he is learning from one of the best in Brett Kearney.

Naughton and fellow teenagers Sam Wood and Oliver Roberts are acclimatising to life in the first-team squad after being handed full-time professional contracts.

The highly-rated trio will feature in the under-19s side this coming season as they gradually prepare for the rigours of Super League.

Naughton, who hails from Dewsbury and has spent the past four years on the Bulls’ books, will work closely with Kearney as part of his development after signing a three-year deal last month.

“Brett Kearney is a great player to work with and learn from,” said the 17-year-old full back.

“He’s done the business in the NRL and has proved himself one of the best in his position in Super League.

“I’m looking forward to learning more from him during the rest of pre-season.

“Hopefully he can teach me a lot and I can continue progressing in the under-19s and then push for the first team in the next couple of years.

“The aim is to play in the under-19s this season and then break into the first team next year or the year after.

“I just need to build myself up. I’m still growing and I need to put a bit more weight on.”

Tom Clough, the Bulls’ new head of strength and conditioning, is working with the first-team players on an individual basis.

Naughton believes he will reap the benefits of Clough’s meticulous approach and says he has no desire to join partner club Dewsbury Rams in order to gain first-team experience.

Naughton, who progressed through the ranks at Shaw Cross amateur club in Dewsbury, said: “Tom worked with us in the under-18s and is an excellent conditioner.

“I might get a few minutes in one of the pre-season friendlies but it will be under-19s this season for me, I think.

“I want to stay at Bradford anyway. I don’t want to get loaned out. Like I say, there is no better player to learn from than someone like Brett Kearney.”

Naughton draws confidence from the success of Adam O’Brien and John Bateman in progressing from the youth ranks into the first team.

He said: “John and Adam are definitely an inspiration. They have showed that no matter how old you are, you can achieve your goal of getting into the first team. If you dedicate yourself, you can get there.”

Meanwhile, the Bulls have announced the first-team squad will be training a number of local amateur sides at the Provident Stadium on December 1, the deadline for early-bird season tickets.

The day will also see the club launch their new home shirt and take pre-orders in time for Christmas delivery. The squad will be on hand from 11am and pre-orders will be taken in the Coral Stand from midday until 2pm.

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12:37pm Mon 26 Nov 12

raisemeup says...

The Bulls have always have had good fullbacks (as did Northern )..so it's good that Brett Kearney is passing on his quality to another generation of Fullback.
keep up the good work, we need a Keith Mumby for the future.
Think Sir Keith or George Fairbairn, aren't match fit at moment!!
But what Players they were in their prime!

What is good to see is all our experienced players giving something back to help our Club's re generation programmes.
The Bulls have always have had good fullbacks (as did Northern )..so it's good that Brett Kearney is passing on his quality to another generation of Fullback. keep up the good work, we need a Keith Mumby for the future. Think Sir Keith or George Fairbairn, aren't match fit at moment!! But what Players they were in their prime! What is good to see is all our experienced players giving something back to help our Club's re generation programmes. raisemeup
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1:24pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Mumby was the best says...

Looked after right Curtis could be a really good full back and at least by following BK he is on the right track.
Agreed re Sir Keith and George Fairbairn, but Terry Price weren`t half bad in an earlier period as well as Alan Rhodes.
Looked after right Curtis could be a really good full back and at least by following BK he is on the right track. Agreed re Sir Keith and George Fairbairn, but Terry Price weren`t half bad in an earlier period as well as Alan Rhodes. Mumby was the best
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2:10pm Mon 26 Nov 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

I see my post from this morning removed, All I did was point out this story already covered days ago , Come on Ross don't be a stick in the mud.
I see my post from this morning removed, All I did was point out this story already covered days ago , Come on Ross don't be a stick in the mud. ifallwerelikemumby
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2:30pm Mon 26 Nov 12

kitman says...

In League Weekly Nosey Parker reports Adam Sidlow joining the Bulls and Platt going to Salford as part of the deal.Bradford are looking at possible replacements in the NRL if Purtell isn't passed fit again. Come on Ross thrse are the storys we want read about !!
In League Weekly Nosey Parker reports Adam Sidlow joining the Bulls and Platt going to Salford as part of the deal.Bradford are looking at possible replacements in the NRL if Purtell isn't passed fit again. Come on Ross thrse are the storys we want read about !! kitman
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2:35pm Mon 26 Nov 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

You want to read about sidlow coming ? You must be as easy as Mumbly to buy for xmas present for.
You want to read about sidlow coming ? You must be as easy as Mumbly to buy for xmas present for. ifallwerelikemumby
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2:42pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Shelfrhino says...

raisemeup wrote:
The Bulls have always have had good fullbacks (as did Northern )..so it's good that Brett Kearney is passing on his quality to another generation of Fullback.
keep up the good work, we need a Keith Mumby for the future.
Think Sir Keith or George Fairbairn, aren't match fit at moment!!
But what Players they were in their prime!

What is good to see is all our experienced players giving something back to help our Club's re generation programmes.
You already have a world class fullback in Pla... I'll try again, You already have a world class fullback in Plat...
I'm sorry, I can't bring myself to say it.
Anyway, why do you want a class player at the back when you have nothing up front? Bailey is gonna tear your lot apart.
[quote][p][bold]raisemeup[/bold] wrote: The Bulls have always have had good fullbacks (as did Northern )..so it's good that Brett Kearney is passing on his quality to another generation of Fullback. keep up the good work, we need a Keith Mumby for the future. Think Sir Keith or George Fairbairn, aren't match fit at moment!! But what Players they were in their prime! What is good to see is all our experienced players giving something back to help our Club's re generation programmes.[/p][/quote]You already have a world class fullback in Pla... I'll try again, You already have a world class fullback in Plat... I'm sorry, I can't bring myself to say it. Anyway, why do you want a class player at the back when you have nothing up front? Bailey is gonna tear your lot apart. Shelfrhino
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4:05pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Eddiethepom says...

Shelfrhino wrote:
raisemeup wrote: The Bulls have always have had good fullbacks (as did Northern )..so it's good that Brett Kearney is passing on his quality to another generation of Fullback. keep up the good work, we need a Keith Mumby for the future. Think Sir Keith or George Fairbairn, aren't match fit at moment!! But what Players they were in their prime! What is good to see is all our experienced players giving something back to help our Club's re generation programmes.
You already have a world class fullback in Pla... I'll try again, You already have a world class fullback in Plat... I'm sorry, I can't bring myself to say it. Anyway, why do you want a class player at the back when you have nothing up front? Bailey is gonna tear your lot apart.
Bailey cannot even be first man in a tackle.....how will he tear anyone apart??

.

If it was running in as third man and throwing a punch then he may go well. However, otherwise....not much chance really.

.

Back on subject, we have all heard good things about the three young lads, lets hope they continue the progress at a sensible pace and do not have to be thrown in too early.
[quote][p][bold]Shelfrhino[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]raisemeup[/bold] wrote: The Bulls have always have had good fullbacks (as did Northern )..so it's good that Brett Kearney is passing on his quality to another generation of Fullback. keep up the good work, we need a Keith Mumby for the future. Think Sir Keith or George Fairbairn, aren't match fit at moment!! But what Players they were in their prime! What is good to see is all our experienced players giving something back to help our Club's re generation programmes.[/p][/quote]You already have a world class fullback in Pla... I'll try again, You already have a world class fullback in Plat... I'm sorry, I can't bring myself to say it. Anyway, why do you want a class player at the back when you have nothing up front? Bailey is gonna tear your lot apart.[/p][/quote]Bailey cannot even be first man in a tackle.....how will he tear anyone apart?? . If it was running in as third man and throwing a punch then he may go well. However, otherwise....not much chance really. . Back on subject, we have all heard good things about the three young lads, lets hope they continue the progress at a sensible pace and do not have to be thrown in too early. Eddiethepom
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6:48pm Mon 26 Nov 12

raisemeup says...

Mumby was the best wrote:
Looked after right Curtis could be a really good full back and at least by following BK he is on the right track.
Agreed re Sir Keith and George Fairbairn, but Terry Price weren`t half bad in an earlier period as well as Alan Rhodes.
Agreed and a lot more besides.
[quote][p][bold]Mumby was the best[/bold] wrote: Looked after right Curtis could be a really good full back and at least by following BK he is on the right track. Agreed re Sir Keith and George Fairbairn, but Terry Price weren`t half bad in an earlier period as well as Alan Rhodes.[/p][/quote]Agreed and a lot more besides. raisemeup
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6:49pm Mon 26 Nov 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

Some posters on here are going to be sad little men next season.
Some posters on here are going to be sad little men next season. ifallwerelikemumby
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6:55pm Mon 26 Nov 12

THEMANOFSTEEL says...

Just been looking at some Salford news apparently they have signed Martin Gleeson
We should keep hold of Platt could be a really useful player next year
Adam Sidlow wouldn't be a bad signing
Not the best to shout about but will do well getting us forward
I know we r low on cash still but it would make more sense to get 2 props
Just been looking at some Salford news apparently they have signed Martin Gleeson We should keep hold of Platt could be a really useful player next year Adam Sidlow wouldn't be a bad signing Not the best to shout about but will do well getting us forward I know we r low on cash still but it would make more sense to get 2 props THEMANOFSTEEL
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7:15pm Mon 26 Nov 12

nosher says...

I would keep Platt. He is just the type of loyal player we need. He played well last season
I would keep Platt. He is just the type of loyal player we need. He played well last season nosher
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7:41pm Mon 26 Nov 12

raisemeup says...

nosher wrote:
I would keep Platt. He is just the type of loyal player we need. He played well last season
He did and he's better at centre in my humble opinion. He also carries a good following of fans.
I would like to see him remain at the Bulls.
[quote][p][bold]nosher[/bold] wrote: I would keep Platt. He is just the type of loyal player we need. He played well last season[/p][/quote]He did and he's better at centre in my humble opinion. He also carries a good following of fans. I would like to see him remain at the Bulls. raisemeup
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8:17pm Mon 26 Nov 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

so would I
so would I ifallwerelikemumby
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8:54pm Mon 26 Nov 12

imjustlikeifallwerelikeMumby says...

Shelfrhino wrote:
raisemeup wrote:
The Bulls have always have had good fullbacks (as did Northern )..so it's good that Brett Kearney is passing on his quality to another generation of Fullback.
keep up the good work, we need a Keith Mumby for the future.
Think Sir Keith or George Fairbairn, aren't match fit at moment!!
But what Players they were in their prime!

What is good to see is all our experienced players giving something back to help our Club's re generation programmes.
You already have a world class fullback in Pla... I'll try again, You already have a world class fullback in Plat...
I'm sorry, I can't bring myself to say it.
Anyway, why do you want a class player at the back when you have nothing up front? Bailey is gonna tear your lot apart.
How sweet to be an Idiot,
As harmless as a cloud,
Too small to hide the sun
Almost poking fun,
At the warm but insecure untidy crowd.
[quote][p][bold]Shelfrhino[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]raisemeup[/bold] wrote: The Bulls have always have had good fullbacks (as did Northern )..so it's good that Brett Kearney is passing on his quality to another generation of Fullback. keep up the good work, we need a Keith Mumby for the future. Think Sir Keith or George Fairbairn, aren't match fit at moment!! But what Players they were in their prime! What is good to see is all our experienced players giving something back to help our Club's re generation programmes.[/p][/quote]You already have a world class fullback in Pla... I'll try again, You already have a world class fullback in Plat... I'm sorry, I can't bring myself to say it. Anyway, why do you want a class player at the back when you have nothing up front? Bailey is gonna tear your lot apart.[/p][/quote]How sweet to be an Idiot, As harmless as a cloud, Too small to hide the sun Almost poking fun, At the warm but insecure untidy crowd. imjustlikeifallwerelikeMumby
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9:00pm Mon 26 Nov 12

imjustlikeifallwerelikeMumby says...

ifallwerelikemumby wrote:
Some posters on here are going to be sad little men next season.
You'll have some company then.

Sad. Little. "Man".

Sad, little "man" with a sad, little "life".

Sad.

:-(
[quote][p][bold]ifallwerelikemumby[/bold] wrote: Some posters on here are going to be sad little men next season.[/p][/quote]You'll have some company then. Sad. Little. "Man". Sad, little "man" with a sad, little "life". Sad. :-( imjustlikeifallwerelikeMumby
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10:59pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Ackersthebull says...

Shelfrhino wrote:
raisemeup wrote:
The Bulls have always have had good fullbacks (as did Northern )..so it's good that Brett Kearney is passing on his quality to another generation of Fullback.
keep up the good work, we need a Keith Mumby for the future.
Think Sir Keith or George Fairbairn, aren't match fit at moment!!
But what Players they were in their prime!

What is good to see is all our experienced players giving something back to help our Club's re generation programmes.
You already have a world class fullback in Pla... I'll try again, You already have a world class fullback in Plat...
I'm sorry, I can't bring myself to say it.
Anyway, why do you want a class player at the back when you have nothing up front? Bailey is gonna tear your lot apart.
You are a world class tw....I'll try again, you are a world class twa... I'm sorry,I can't bring myself to say it.
[quote][p][bold]Shelfrhino[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]raisemeup[/bold] wrote: The Bulls have always have had good fullbacks (as did Northern )..so it's good that Brett Kearney is passing on his quality to another generation of Fullback. keep up the good work, we need a Keith Mumby for the future. Think Sir Keith or George Fairbairn, aren't match fit at moment!! But what Players they were in their prime! What is good to see is all our experienced players giving something back to help our Club's re generation programmes.[/p][/quote]You already have a world class fullback in Pla... I'll try again, You already have a world class fullback in Plat... I'm sorry, I can't bring myself to say it. Anyway, why do you want a class player at the back when you have nothing up front? Bailey is gonna tear your lot apart.[/p][/quote]You are a world class tw....I'll try again, you are a world class twa... I'm sorry,I can't bring myself to say it. Ackersthebull
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11:20pm Mon 26 Nov 12

portugalbull says...

Good to see experience being passed on.
Is me or are the collars on the new shirts loose enough for the opposition to grab hold of to help tackles. Should they not be flat so no advantage can be made. Small point but everything should be considered. I remember having skintight shirts so opponents couldnot grab hold easily.
Good to see experience being passed on. Is me or are the collars on the new shirts loose enough for the opposition to grab hold of to help tackles. Should they not be flat so no advantage can be made. Small point but everything should be considered. I remember having skintight shirts so opponents couldnot grab hold easily. portugalbull
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7:38am Tue 27 Nov 12

Solomon Grundy says...

With the squad as thin as it is I would definitely keep hold of Platt.

We need two props, as I believe has been mentioned.
With the squad as thin as it is I would definitely keep hold of Platt. We need two props, as I believe has been mentioned. Solomon Grundy
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8:56am Tue 27 Nov 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

its nice to see the club giving John bateman the number 11 shirt, what they have not told him is he also has the 8 and 10.
its nice to see the club giving John bateman the number 11 shirt, what they have not told him is he also has the 8 and 10. ifallwerelikemumby
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8:59am Tue 27 Nov 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

Ackersthebull wrote:
Shelfrhino wrote:
raisemeup wrote: The Bulls have always have had good fullbacks (as did Northern )..so it's good that Brett Kearney is passing on his quality to another generation of Fullback. keep up the good work, we need a Keith Mumby for the future. Think Sir Keith or George Fairbairn, aren't match fit at moment!! But what Players they were in their prime! What is good to see is all our experienced players giving something back to help our Club's re generation programmes.
You already have a world class fullback in Pla... I'll try again, You already have a world class fullback in Plat... I'm sorry, I can't bring myself to say it. Anyway, why do you want a class player at the back when you have nothing up front? Bailey is gonna tear your lot apart.
You are a world class tw....I'll try again, you are a world class twa... I'm sorry,I can't bring myself to say it.
Don't you just love posters with no imagination when it comes to inventing usernames.
[quote][p][bold]Ackersthebull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shelfrhino[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]raisemeup[/bold] wrote: The Bulls have always have had good fullbacks (as did Northern )..so it's good that Brett Kearney is passing on his quality to another generation of Fullback. keep up the good work, we need a Keith Mumby for the future. Think Sir Keith or George Fairbairn, aren't match fit at moment!! But what Players they were in their prime! What is good to see is all our experienced players giving something back to help our Club's re generation programmes.[/p][/quote]You already have a world class fullback in Pla... I'll try again, You already have a world class fullback in Plat... I'm sorry, I can't bring myself to say it. Anyway, why do you want a class player at the back when you have nothing up front? Bailey is gonna tear your lot apart.[/p][/quote]You are a world class tw....I'll try again, you are a world class twa... I'm sorry,I can't bring myself to say it.[/p][/quote]Don't you just love posters with no imagination when it comes to inventing usernames. ifallwerelikemumby
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11:56am Tue 27 Nov 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

this comment was aimed at the clown posting under a similar to my name above, we all know its helga she just hiding away after her special operation.
this comment was aimed at the clown posting under a similar to my name above, we all know its helga she just hiding away after her special operation. ifallwerelikemumby
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12:48pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Shelfrhino says...

Ackersthebull wrote:
Shelfrhino wrote:
raisemeup wrote:
The Bulls have always have had good fullbacks (as did Northern )..so it's good that Brett Kearney is passing on his quality to another generation of Fullback.
keep up the good work, we need a Keith Mumby for the future.
Think Sir Keith or George Fairbairn, aren't match fit at moment!!
But what Players they were in their prime!

What is good to see is all our experienced players giving something back to help our Club's re generation programmes.
You already have a world class fullback in Pla... I'll try again, You already have a world class fullback in Plat...
I'm sorry, I can't bring myself to say it.
Anyway, why do you want a class player at the back when you have nothing up front? Bailey is gonna tear your lot apart.
You are a world class tw....I'll try again, you are a world class twa... I'm sorry,I can't bring myself to say it.
You can't bring yourself to say it because you know it wouldn't be true :)
[quote][p][bold]Ackersthebull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shelfrhino[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]raisemeup[/bold] wrote: The Bulls have always have had good fullbacks (as did Northern )..so it's good that Brett Kearney is passing on his quality to another generation of Fullback. keep up the good work, we need a Keith Mumby for the future. Think Sir Keith or George Fairbairn, aren't match fit at moment!! But what Players they were in their prime! What is good to see is all our experienced players giving something back to help our Club's re generation programmes.[/p][/quote]You already have a world class fullback in Pla... I'll try again, You already have a world class fullback in Plat... I'm sorry, I can't bring myself to say it. Anyway, why do you want a class player at the back when you have nothing up front? Bailey is gonna tear your lot apart.[/p][/quote]You are a world class tw....I'll try again, you are a world class twa... I'm sorry,I can't bring myself to say it.[/p][/quote]You can't bring yourself to say it because you know it wouldn't be true :) Shelfrhino
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1:30pm Tue 27 Nov 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

you tell them shelf lad.I bet your club scared they signing sidlow.
you tell them shelf lad.I bet your club scared they signing sidlow. ifallwerelikemumby
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3:50pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Ackersthebull says...

Shelfrhino wrote:
Ackersthebull wrote:
Shelfrhino wrote:
raisemeup wrote:
The Bulls have always have had good fullbacks (as did Northern )..so it's good that Brett Kearney is passing on his quality to another generation of Fullback.
keep up the good work, we need a Keith Mumby for the future.
Think Sir Keith or George Fairbairn, aren't match fit at moment!!
But what Players they were in their prime!

What is good to see is all our experienced players giving something back to help our Club's re generation programmes.
You already have a world class fullback in Pla... I'll try again, You already have a world class fullback in Plat...
I'm sorry, I can't bring myself to say it.
Anyway, why do you want a class player at the back when you have nothing up front? Bailey is gonna tear your lot apart.
You are a world class tw....I'll try again, you are a world class twa... I'm sorry,I can't bring myself to say it.
You can't bring yourself to say it because you know it wouldn't be true :)
Didn't realise stuff had to be true on here but your Pla sarcasm probably backfired as I don't know anyone who goes who rates him
[quote][p][bold]Shelfrhino[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ackersthebull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shelfrhino[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]raisemeup[/bold] wrote: The Bulls have always have had good fullbacks (as did Northern )..so it's good that Brett Kearney is passing on his quality to another generation of Fullback. keep up the good work, we need a Keith Mumby for the future. Think Sir Keith or George Fairbairn, aren't match fit at moment!! But what Players they were in their prime! What is good to see is all our experienced players giving something back to help our Club's re generation programmes.[/p][/quote]You already have a world class fullback in Pla... I'll try again, You already have a world class fullback in Plat... I'm sorry, I can't bring myself to say it. Anyway, why do you want a class player at the back when you have nothing up front? Bailey is gonna tear your lot apart.[/p][/quote]You are a world class tw....I'll try again, you are a world class twa... I'm sorry,I can't bring myself to say it.[/p][/quote]You can't bring yourself to say it because you know it wouldn't be true :)[/p][/quote]Didn't realise stuff had to be true on here but your Pla sarcasm probably backfired as I don't know anyone who goes who rates him Ackersthebull
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