John Bateman’s number comes up for Bradford Bulls

John Bateman has been rewarded for an outstanding 2012 by being promoted to the number 11 shirt for next season

John Bateman has been rewarded for an outstanding 2012 by being promoted to the number 11 shirt for next season

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

John Bateman’s rise to prominence has been rewarded with the number 11 jersey for the 2013 campaign.

Bulls coach Francis Cummins has announced his squad list for next season and Bradford-born Bateman is the notable inclusion in the top 13, taking the number made vacant by Olivier Elima’s departure.

The 19-year-old forward from West Bowling enjoyed an outstanding breakthrough year in 2012, establishing himself as a first-team regular before captaining the England Academy side on their tour of Australia.

He won the Albert Goldthorpe Rookie of the Year award, was shortlisted for the Super League Young Player of the Year and has been tipped by Cummins as a future Bradford captain.

Bateman committed to his home-town club when signing a new long-term contract in October, ending months of speculation about his future.

Bateman wore squad number 26 last term but Cummins said: “John has earned the 11 jersey.

“We’ve spoken about building for the long-term and John is part of that, along with the likes of Elliott Whitehead and Tom Olbison.

“The back row is very competitive but there’s plenty of time for every player to stake a claim for a place in the side.”

Significantly, Adrian Purtell has kept the number two shirt, encouraging hopes that he could be given the green light to resume his playing career.

The Australian centre suffered a heart attack in the aftermath of the Magic Weekend clash with Leeds on May 27 and has not played since.

He will undergo further tests within the next fortnight to determine his fate.

Purtell retaining the number two jersey means new recruit Jamie Foster must make do with number 17.

Matty Blythe takes number four from Chev Walker, suggesting the on-loan Warrington man will begin the campaign as first-choice centre alongside Keith Lulia.

Nick Scruton stays at eight and Manase Manuokafoa has taken number ten from the departed Craig Kopczak.

Jarrod Sammut will wear the six jersey following the departure of Ben Jeffries, while on-loan Warrington forward Ben Evans takes 20.

Teenage trio Oliver Roberts, Sam Wood and Curtis Naughton have been handed 24, 25 and 26 respectively following their promotion into the first-team squad.

Number 27 has been left vacant and could be filled by the acquisition of a new prop.

2013 squad list: 1 Kearney, 2 Purtell, 3 Lulia, 4 Blythe, 5 Kear, 6 Sammut, 7 Gale, 8 Scruton, 9 L’Estrange, 10 Manuokafoa, 11 Bateman, 12 Whitehead, 13 Langley, 14 Diskin, 15 Walker, 16 Olbison, 17 Foster, 18 Platt, 19 Addy, 20 O’Brien, 21 Donaldson, 22 Murphy, 23 Evans, 24 Roberts, 25 Wood, 26 Naughton, 27 AN Other.

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9:02am Tue 27 Nov 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

John has also been allocated the 8 and 10.
John has also been allocated the 8 and 10. ifallwerelikemumby
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9:05am Tue 27 Nov 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

Donaldsons mum won't be happy with that and will probably be on the phone as we speak to Franny.
Donaldsons mum won't be happy with that and will probably be on the phone as we speak to Franny. ifallwerelikemumby
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9:48am Tue 27 Nov 12

barbarian mike says...

I hope langers retaining 13 doesn't mean he will be lose forward!! The starting side doesn't look bad at all, but as we all know, we just don't have enough in reserve at the min!
Can't wait for the season to start, and for the launch of the new shirts!!
I hope langers retaining 13 doesn't mean he will be lose forward!! The starting side doesn't look bad at all, but as we all know, we just don't have enough in reserve at the min! Can't wait for the season to start, and for the launch of the new shirts!! barbarian mike
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9:52am Tue 27 Nov 12

MeccaBingo1 says...

Guess Platt (18) will be so on his way IMO. Shame really because he played in some good games last year.
Guess Platt (18) will be so on his way IMO. Shame really because he played in some good games last year. MeccaBingo1
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10:04am Tue 27 Nov 12

Uglytruth says...

ifallwerelikemumby wrote:
Donaldsons mum won't be happy with that and will probably be on the phone as we speak to Franny.
good strong in dept squad but my concern is as the squad numbers increase the quality of the squad plummets dramatically. doesnt look like we will have a strong bench.
more signings needed 3 more please?
[quote][p][bold]ifallwerelikemumby[/bold] wrote: Donaldsons mum won't be happy with that and will probably be on the phone as we speak to Franny.[/p][/quote]good strong in dept squad but my concern is as the squad numbers increase the quality of the squad plummets dramatically. doesnt look like we will have a strong bench. more signings needed 3 more please? Uglytruth
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10:14am Tue 27 Nov 12

imjustlikeifallwerelikeMumby says...

ifallwerelikemumby wrote:
Donaldsons mum won't be happy with that and will probably be on the phone as we speak to Franny.
This is a cry for help.

I'm lonely.
[quote][p][bold]ifallwerelikemumby[/bold] wrote: Donaldsons mum won't be happy with that and will probably be on the phone as we speak to Franny.[/p][/quote]This is a cry for help. I'm lonely. imjustlikeifallwerelikeMumby
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10:23am Tue 27 Nov 12

Solomon Grundy says...

I can't believe FC is seriously going into the season with a squad as thin as this.

It's ridiculous. Two front rows and a half back needed desperately, and Platt can't be allowed to leave either.

FC needs to understand with the squad as it is we are a matter of weeks away from being barely able to field a team and certainly not one capable of competing in this competition. All the good work of the last 2 years he and Potter did wilfully thrown away. Very strange.
I can't believe FC is seriously going into the season with a squad as thin as this. It's ridiculous. Two front rows and a half back needed desperately, and Platt can't be allowed to leave either. FC needs to understand with the squad as it is we are a matter of weeks away from being barely able to field a team and certainly not one capable of competing in this competition. All the good work of the last 2 years he and Potter did wilfully thrown away. Very strange. Solomon Grundy
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10:56am Tue 27 Nov 12

barbarian mike says...

Solomon Grundy wrote:
I can't believe FC is seriously going into the season with a squad as thin as this.

It's ridiculous. Two front rows and a half back needed desperately, and Platt can't be allowed to leave either.

FC needs to understand with the squad as it is we are a matter of weeks away from being barely able to field a team and certainly not one capable of competing in this competition. All the good work of the last 2 years he and Potter did wilfully thrown away. Very strange.
He isn't wilfully throwing anything away. That's harsh. He has restraints on him.we have to remember where we are as a club following last season, building from scratch, with sky money being withheld and players leaving and having to begin recruitment way behind other clubs. It appears FC doesn't have the budget. We have to accept that this will basically be the squad for this season while we get back on our feet.
[quote][p][bold]Solomon Grundy[/bold] wrote: I can't believe FC is seriously going into the season with a squad as thin as this. It's ridiculous. Two front rows and a half back needed desperately, and Platt can't be allowed to leave either. FC needs to understand with the squad as it is we are a matter of weeks away from being barely able to field a team and certainly not one capable of competing in this competition. All the good work of the last 2 years he and Potter did wilfully thrown away. Very strange.[/p][/quote]He isn't wilfully throwing anything away. That's harsh. He has restraints on him.we have to remember where we are as a club following last season, building from scratch, with sky money being withheld and players leaving and having to begin recruitment way behind other clubs. It appears FC doesn't have the budget. We have to accept that this will basically be the squad for this season while we get back on our feet. barbarian mike
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11:08am Tue 27 Nov 12

THEMANOFSTEEL says...

Just get a prop in for god sake otherwise we will have to play a constant up and under game to get forward!!!
Can't expect Nas to do it all by himself!
Just get a prop in for god sake otherwise we will have to play a constant up and under game to get forward!!! Can't expect Nas to do it all by himself! THEMANOFSTEEL
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11:10am Tue 27 Nov 12

Solomon Grundy says...

barbarian mike wrote:
Solomon Grundy wrote:
I can't believe FC is seriously going into the season with a squad as thin as this.

It's ridiculous. Two front rows and a half back needed desperately, and Platt can't be allowed to leave either.

FC needs to understand with the squad as it is we are a matter of weeks away from being barely able to field a team and certainly not one capable of competing in this competition. All the good work of the last 2 years he and Potter did wilfully thrown away. Very strange.
He isn't wilfully throwing anything away. That's harsh. He has restraints on him.we have to remember where we are as a club following last season, building from scratch, with sky money being withheld and players leaving and having to begin recruitment way behind other clubs. It appears FC doesn't have the budget. We have to accept that this will basically be the squad for this season while we get back on our feet.
But consider the hidings we could be on the end of when as few as four or five injuries occur if they are to key personnel, this season will not be a case of getting back on our feet, but of rocking us right back to where three or four years ago.

Hewnce I say this squad is way too small, and these are false economies that Mssrs Khan & Sutcliffe could live to regret.
[quote][p][bold]barbarian mike[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Solomon Grundy[/bold] wrote: I can't believe FC is seriously going into the season with a squad as thin as this. It's ridiculous. Two front rows and a half back needed desperately, and Platt can't be allowed to leave either. FC needs to understand with the squad as it is we are a matter of weeks away from being barely able to field a team and certainly not one capable of competing in this competition. All the good work of the last 2 years he and Potter did wilfully thrown away. Very strange.[/p][/quote]He isn't wilfully throwing anything away. That's harsh. He has restraints on him.we have to remember where we are as a club following last season, building from scratch, with sky money being withheld and players leaving and having to begin recruitment way behind other clubs. It appears FC doesn't have the budget. We have to accept that this will basically be the squad for this season while we get back on our feet.[/p][/quote]But consider the hidings we could be on the end of when as few as four or five injuries occur if they are to key personnel, this season will not be a case of getting back on our feet, but of rocking us right back to where three or four years ago. Hewnce I say this squad is way too small, and these are false economies that Mssrs Khan & Sutcliffe could live to regret. Solomon Grundy
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11:19am Tue 27 Nov 12

Van Bellen's Baby says...

barbarian mike wrote:
I hope langers retaining 13 doesn't mean he will be lose forward!! The starting side doesn't look bad at all, but as we all know, we just don't have enough in reserve at the min!
Can't wait for the season to start, and for the launch of the new shirts!!
That will be the lovely new shirt with the hideously large sponsor's logo, which eclipses the club identity and clashes horribly with our colours then? ;-)
[quote][p][bold]barbarian mike[/bold] wrote: I hope langers retaining 13 doesn't mean he will be lose forward!! The starting side doesn't look bad at all, but as we all know, we just don't have enough in reserve at the min! Can't wait for the season to start, and for the launch of the new shirts!![/p][/quote]That will be the lovely new shirt with the hideously large sponsor's logo, which eclipses the club identity and clashes horribly with our colours then? ;-) Van Bellen's Baby
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11:25am Tue 27 Nov 12

Eddiethepom says...

Solomon Grundy wrote:
I can't believe FC is seriously going into the season with a squad as thin as this. It's ridiculous. Two front rows and a half back needed desperately, and Platt can't be allowed to leave either. FC needs to understand with the squad as it is we are a matter of weeks away from being barely able to field a team and certainly not one capable of competing in this competition. All the good work of the last 2 years he and Potter did wilfully thrown away. Very strange.
Its still only November, there is time to bring players in. We do need them sooner rather than later though.

.

If we do not manage to get others to add some more depth then you have a valid point.

.

The criticism of FC so early is a bit strange, lets wait and see how we look closer to the start of the season.
[quote][p][bold]Solomon Grundy[/bold] wrote: I can't believe FC is seriously going into the season with a squad as thin as this. It's ridiculous. Two front rows and a half back needed desperately, and Platt can't be allowed to leave either. FC needs to understand with the squad as it is we are a matter of weeks away from being barely able to field a team and certainly not one capable of competing in this competition. All the good work of the last 2 years he and Potter did wilfully thrown away. Very strange.[/p][/quote]Its still only November, there is time to bring players in. We do need them sooner rather than later though. . If we do not manage to get others to add some more depth then you have a valid point. . The criticism of FC so early is a bit strange, lets wait and see how we look closer to the start of the season. Eddiethepom
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11:27am Tue 27 Nov 12

Archie's Ghost says...

Solomon Grundy wrote:
barbarian mike wrote:
Solomon Grundy wrote:
I can't believe FC is seriously going into the season with a squad as thin as this.

It's ridiculous. Two front rows and a half back needed desperately, and Platt can't be allowed to leave either.

FC needs to understand with the squad as it is we are a matter of weeks away from being barely able to field a team and certainly not one capable of competing in this competition. All the good work of the last 2 years he and Potter did wilfully thrown away. Very strange.
He isn't wilfully throwing anything away. That's harsh. He has restraints on him.we have to remember where we are as a club following last season, building from scratch, with sky money being withheld and players leaving and having to begin recruitment way behind other clubs. It appears FC doesn't have the budget. We have to accept that this will basically be the squad for this season while we get back on our feet.
But consider the hidings we could be on the end of when as few as four or five injuries occur if they are to key personnel, this season will not be a case of getting back on our feet, but of rocking us right back to where three or four years ago.

Hewnce I say this squad is way too small, and these are false economies that Mssrs Khan & Sutcliffe could live to regret.
Solomon is correct. There is genuine quality in the squad but it will spend all year carrying the ball out from under our own posts unless we get some props.

This is not a matter of judgement, ifs or maybes.

This squad WILL finish in the bottom 2.
[quote][p][bold]Solomon Grundy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]barbarian mike[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Solomon Grundy[/bold] wrote: I can't believe FC is seriously going into the season with a squad as thin as this. It's ridiculous. Two front rows and a half back needed desperately, and Platt can't be allowed to leave either. FC needs to understand with the squad as it is we are a matter of weeks away from being barely able to field a team and certainly not one capable of competing in this competition. All the good work of the last 2 years he and Potter did wilfully thrown away. Very strange.[/p][/quote]He isn't wilfully throwing anything away. That's harsh. He has restraints on him.we have to remember where we are as a club following last season, building from scratch, with sky money being withheld and players leaving and having to begin recruitment way behind other clubs. It appears FC doesn't have the budget. We have to accept that this will basically be the squad for this season while we get back on our feet.[/p][/quote]But consider the hidings we could be on the end of when as few as four or five injuries occur if they are to key personnel, this season will not be a case of getting back on our feet, but of rocking us right back to where three or four years ago. Hewnce I say this squad is way too small, and these are false economies that Mssrs Khan & Sutcliffe could live to regret.[/p][/quote]Solomon is correct. There is genuine quality in the squad but it will spend all year carrying the ball out from under our own posts unless we get some props. This is not a matter of judgement, ifs or maybes. This squad WILL finish in the bottom 2. Archie's Ghost
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11:47am Tue 27 Nov 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

where is gerry when you need him oh that's right trying to take on the massive organisation that is the bbc after they announced they are pulling out of the media museum, a right old saviour is our gerry but at least he is doing something for the city this time and not a failed rugby club that had over spent and needed the ordinary folk and by god some are ordinary to bail them out.
where is gerry when you need him oh that's right trying to take on the massive organisation that is the bbc after they announced they are pulling out of the media museum, a right old saviour is our gerry but at least he is doing something for the city this time and not a failed rugby club that had over spent and needed the ordinary folk and by god some are ordinary to bail them out. ifallwerelikemumby
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12:07pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Mumby was the best says...

Solomon Grundy wrote:
I can't believe FC is seriously going into the season with a squad as thin as this.

It's ridiculous. Two front rows and a half back needed desperately, and Platt can't be allowed to leave either.

FC needs to understand with the squad as it is we are a matter of weeks away from being barely able to field a team and certainly not one capable of competing in this competition. All the good work of the last 2 years he and Potter did wilfully thrown away. Very strange.
That is very harsh, no way did the present set up willfully throw anything away, look to the likes of Hood and Caisley for leaving the club in the cr@p.
Yes we need more players but the season doesn`t start till February so there is plenty of time if any are available. I`m thankful we still exist and I see FC and OK are trying to put things on an even keel. So what if we do get some hammerings, it will keep the resident troll and the so called RL supporter sh**rhino happy (glad all Rhino fans aren`t as childish), but at the end of the day we will still have a club to follow and even if we are short on numbers we still do have some quality players in the club.
PS ignore the trolls, if it helps stick 2 fingers up at the screen when they annoy, please don`t respond COYB
[quote][p][bold]Solomon Grundy[/bold] wrote: I can't believe FC is seriously going into the season with a squad as thin as this. It's ridiculous. Two front rows and a half back needed desperately, and Platt can't be allowed to leave either. FC needs to understand with the squad as it is we are a matter of weeks away from being barely able to field a team and certainly not one capable of competing in this competition. All the good work of the last 2 years he and Potter did wilfully thrown away. Very strange.[/p][/quote]That is very harsh, no way did the present set up willfully throw anything away, look to the likes of Hood and Caisley for leaving the club in the cr@p. Yes we need more players but the season doesn`t start till February so there is plenty of time if any are available. I`m thankful we still exist and I see FC and OK are trying to put things on an even keel. So what if we do get some hammerings, it will keep the resident troll and the so called RL supporter sh**rhino happy (glad all Rhino fans aren`t as childish), but at the end of the day we will still have a club to follow and even if we are short on numbers we still do have some quality players in the club. PS ignore the trolls, if it helps stick 2 fingers up at the screen when they annoy, please don`t respond COYB Mumby was the best
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12:40pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Solomon Grundy says...

Mumby was the best wrote:
Solomon Grundy wrote:
I can't believe FC is seriously going into the season with a squad as thin as this.

It's ridiculous. Two front rows and a half back needed desperately, and Platt can't be allowed to leave either.

FC needs to understand with the squad as it is we are a matter of weeks away from being barely able to field a team and certainly not one capable of competing in this competition. All the good work of the last 2 years he and Potter did wilfully thrown away. Very strange.
That is very harsh, no way did the present set up willfully throw anything away, look to the likes of Hood and Caisley for leaving the club in the cr@p.
Yes we need more players but the season doesn`t start till February so there is plenty of time if any are available. I`m thankful we still exist and I see FC and OK are trying to put things on an even keel. So what if we do get some hammerings, it will keep the resident troll and the so called RL supporter sh**rhino happy (glad all Rhino fans aren`t as childish), but at the end of the day we will still have a club to follow and even if we are short on numbers we still do have some quality players in the club.
PS ignore the trolls, if it helps stick 2 fingers up at the screen when they annoy, please don`t respond COYB
I absolutely agree that Hood & his crew are to blame for the demise of the club and that OK & GS are doing a sterling job of putting it back on it's feet and that we as fans ought be grateful to them.

The point I am making is that it is a false economy to go into an SL season with a squad this thin. If Sidwell is the prop FC speaks of then I respectfully suggest we need to add at least one more besides him.
[quote][p][bold]Mumby was the best[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Solomon Grundy[/bold] wrote: I can't believe FC is seriously going into the season with a squad as thin as this. It's ridiculous. Two front rows and a half back needed desperately, and Platt can't be allowed to leave either. FC needs to understand with the squad as it is we are a matter of weeks away from being barely able to field a team and certainly not one capable of competing in this competition. All the good work of the last 2 years he and Potter did wilfully thrown away. Very strange.[/p][/quote]That is very harsh, no way did the present set up willfully throw anything away, look to the likes of Hood and Caisley for leaving the club in the cr@p. Yes we need more players but the season doesn`t start till February so there is plenty of time if any are available. I`m thankful we still exist and I see FC and OK are trying to put things on an even keel. So what if we do get some hammerings, it will keep the resident troll and the so called RL supporter sh**rhino happy (glad all Rhino fans aren`t as childish), but at the end of the day we will still have a club to follow and even if we are short on numbers we still do have some quality players in the club. PS ignore the trolls, if it helps stick 2 fingers up at the screen when they annoy, please don`t respond COYB[/p][/quote]I absolutely agree that Hood & his crew are to blame for the demise of the club and that OK & GS are doing a sterling job of putting it back on it's feet and that we as fans ought be grateful to them. The point I am making is that it is a false economy to go into an SL season with a squad this thin. If Sidwell is the prop FC speaks of then I respectfully suggest we need to add at least one more besides him. Solomon Grundy
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1:02pm Tue 27 Nov 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

Mumbly won't realise what you are saying he just sits there with his blinkers on in his own little world dreaming about his life with helga.
Mumbly won't realise what you are saying he just sits there with his blinkers on in his own little world dreaming about his life with helga. ifallwerelikemumby
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11:02pm Tue 27 Nov 12

raisemeup says...

MeccaBingo1 wrote:
Guess Platt (18) will be so on his way IMO. Shame really because he played in some good games last year.
Surely if he is given a squad number he has been retained for another season at least. If contracted it will mean a fee being paid, unless of course the negotiations are not completed and it's a straight player exchange?
I think (or hope)he'll stay
[quote][p][bold]MeccaBingo1[/bold] wrote: Guess Platt (18) will be so on his way IMO. Shame really because he played in some good games last year.[/p][/quote]Surely if he is given a squad number he has been retained for another season at least. If contracted it will mean a fee being paid, unless of course the negotiations are not completed and it's a straight player exchange? I think (or hope)he'll stay raisemeup
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7:04am Wed 28 Nov 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

wrong AGAIN
wrong AGAIN ifallwerelikemumby
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