Paul Medley chuffed as five Bulls named in England Academy squad

Bradford Bulls' Alex Mellor, pictured playing for England in their youth test in 2011 against France at Odsal, has been promoted to the England Academy squad. Picture: www.footballcaughtinaction.co.uk

Bradford Bulls' Alex Mellor, pictured playing for England in their youth test in 2011 against France at Odsal, has been promoted to the England Academy squad. Picture: www.footballcaughtinaction.co.uk

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

Paul Medley has spoken of his delight after five Bulls youngsters were named in the England Academy squad for the 2013 campaign.

Curtis Naughton and Oliver Roberts, who along with Sam Wood were recently promoted into Francis Cummins’ first-team squad, are joined in the 24-man group by back-rower Alex Mellor, hooker Nathan Conroy and centre Josh Casey.

Wood is ineligible as he is a year older than the others but Medley feels the handful of inclusions illustrates the progress being made in the club’s youth ranks at a difficult time.

The Bulls’ Academy side enjoyed a highly successful 2012 campaign, despite the ongoing backdrop of uncertainty around the club’s future and slide into administration.

Head of youth development Medley said: “All the players selected performed superbly last season and didn't let the club's off-field problems affect their performances.

“They have been rewarded for a fine season and I'm delighted for them all.”

Full back Naughton and back-rower Roberts train on a daily basis with the first-team squad, while Casey, Conroy and Mellor are also rated highly at the club.

Bulls forward John Bateman captained the England Academy side in matches against France and their tour of Australia earlier this year.

The 19-year-old, tipped as a future Bulls skipper, will now look to push into the second-tier England Knights side this coming season.

The Knights, for whom Bulls scrum half Luke Gale has become a regular, are seen as the natural progression into the senior side.

England Academy coach Dave Elliott said: “We learnt a lot about our players during the 2012 season, with both age groups playing tough games against France and the Academy getting the experience of touring in Australia, and I’m looking forward to continuing that progression and helping these young players further develop in 2013.

“The big thing for us is to see how these players cope in an England environment having performed well for their clubs during the season.

“There is a direct pathway to the England senior side and these lads can see clearly the steps they need to take to progress towards Steve McNamara’s squad.

“We’re working hard to try and give the players the tools to better themselves and best prepare them to make that step up through the ranks.”

* England internationals Sam Tomkins and Kevin Sinfield have been nominated for the 2012 Golden Boot.

Wigan full back Tomkins won the 2012 Man of Steel award and became England’s record try-scorer, while Sinfield captained Leeds to a sixth Grand Final triumph and led England to victory in the autumn international series.

The last British winner of the most prestigious individual award in rugby league was former Wigan and England captain Andrew Farrell in 2004.

Others shortlisted for the award, which will be announced on January 4, are Australia captain Cameron Smith, his Melbourne Storm team-mate Cooper Cronk, Canterbury full back Ben Barba and Gold Coast forward Nate Myles.
 

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10:04am Tue 11 Dec 12

bully4us says...

Very big of you to come on here and issue that statement. You know where he works. Get yourself up there and tell him.
Very big of you to come on here and issue that statement. You know where he works. Get yourself up there and tell him. bully4us
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10:10am Tue 11 Dec 12

Steam Pigs says...

Keep up the good work Medders
Keep up the good work Medders Steam Pigs
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10:30am Tue 11 Dec 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

bully4us wrote:
Very big of you to come on here and issue that statement. You know where he works. Get yourself up there and tell him.
Whatever
[quote][p][bold]bully4us[/bold] wrote: Very big of you to come on here and issue that statement. You know where he works. Get yourself up there and tell him.[/p][/quote]Whatever ifallwerelikemumby
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10:34am Tue 11 Dec 12

Mumby was the best says...

Well done Medders, a great servant at the club both as a player and academy coach. The future is looking good.
Well done Medders, a great servant at the club both as a player and academy coach. The future is looking good. Mumby was the best
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12:15pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Steam Pigs says...

ifallwerelikemumby wrote:
bully4us wrote:
Very big of you to come on here and issue that statement. You know where he works. Get yourself up there and tell him.
Whatever
COWARD
[quote][p][bold]ifallwerelikemumby[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bully4us[/bold] wrote: Very big of you to come on here and issue that statement. You know where he works. Get yourself up there and tell him.[/p][/quote]Whatever[/p][/quote]COWARD Steam Pigs
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1:06pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Steam Pigs says...

Don't panic I've passed your coments onto Paul ;-)
Don't panic I've passed your coments onto Paul ;-) Steam Pigs
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1:08pm Tue 11 Dec 12

doctor.t says...

WELL DONE!!! - you have admitted,in writing,on a public forum,that you are a TROLL.

That is the hardest part - the rest of the treatment should be a breeze.

Trust me....I'm a doctor.
WELL DONE!!! - you have admitted,in writing,on a public forum,that you are a TROLL. That is the hardest part - the rest of the treatment should be a breeze. Trust me....I'm a doctor. doctor.t
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1:54pm Tue 11 Dec 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

doctor.t wrote:
WELL DONE!!! - you have admitted,in writing,on a public forum,that you are a TROLL.

That is the hardest part - the rest of the treatment should be a breeze.

Trust me....I'm a doctor.
Run along now SON you ain't in the same league
[quote][p][bold]doctor.t[/bold] wrote: WELL DONE!!! - you have admitted,in writing,on a public forum,that you are a TROLL. That is the hardest part - the rest of the treatment should be a breeze. Trust me....I'm a doctor.[/p][/quote]Run along now SON you ain't in the same league ifallwerelikemumby
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2:04pm Tue 11 Dec 12

stonnibull says...

Where can I find some serious and thought out comments about the Bulls instead of having to trawl through all the childsh name-calling rubbish
Where can I find some serious and thought out comments about the Bulls instead of having to trawl through all the childsh name-calling rubbish stonnibull
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2:18pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Steam Pigs says...

stonnibull wrote:
Where can I find some serious and thought out comments about the Bulls instead of having to trawl through all the childsh name-calling rubbish
RL Fans - trolls most certainly dealt with in a timely manner
[quote][p][bold]stonnibull[/bold] wrote: Where can I find some serious and thought out comments about the Bulls instead of having to trawl through all the childsh name-calling rubbish[/p][/quote]RL Fans - trolls most certainly dealt with in a timely manner Steam Pigs
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2:46pm Tue 11 Dec 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

Is that why you have just reported me ? If you cant give it son don't take it, I hope Ross has similar warnings for ALL the ones who abuse me and Shelf as we don't want discrimination now do we ?
Is that why you have just reported me ? If you cant give it son don't take it, I hope Ross has similar warnings for ALL the ones who abuse me and Shelf as we don't want discrimination now do we ? ifallwerelikemumby
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3:01pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Steam Pigs says...

Not guilty... but ha ha
Not guilty... but ha ha Steam Pigs
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3:10pm Tue 11 Dec 12

raisemeup says...

We have a positive article about how successful our youngsters are in securing an England Academy place!

Paul Medley is giving them a collective pat on the back for all the right reasons.

When they read about themselves and how the team boss feels about their achievements, they will then
be subject to the inane and stupid comments that infest this site.
Particulary from the Clown prince Ifall....

For what it's worth I for one am proud of their achievements, well done to you all, as the budding stars of the future, and hopefully in the Red Amber and Black for a long time to come.

PS well done to the administrator for warning the spiteful twerp.Let's get rid of 'em.
We have a positive article about how successful our youngsters are in securing an England Academy place! Paul Medley is giving them a collective pat on the back for all the right reasons. When they read about themselves and how the team boss feels about their achievements, they will then be subject to the inane and stupid comments that infest this site. Particulary from the Clown prince Ifall.... For what it's worth I for one am proud of their achievements, well done to you all, as the budding stars of the future, and hopefully in the Red Amber and Black for a long time to come. PS well done to the administrator for warning the spiteful twerp.Let's get rid of 'em. raisemeup
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3:27pm Tue 11 Dec 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

Ah there is the culprit now , Sorry for blaming you SP I should have known who it was.
Ah there is the culprit now , Sorry for blaming you SP I should have known who it was. ifallwerelikemumby
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5:07pm Tue 11 Dec 12

raisemeup says...

ifallwerelikemumby wrote:
Ah there is the culprit now , Sorry for blaming you SP I should have known who it was.
No it wasn't but whoever did it gave you the collective black eye..didn't they???

Your comments are usually worthy of that.
[quote][p][bold]ifallwerelikemumby[/bold] wrote: Ah there is the culprit now , Sorry for blaming you SP I should have known who it was.[/p][/quote]No it wasn't but whoever did it gave you the collective black eye..didn't they??? Your comments are usually worthy of that. raisemeup
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5:37pm Tue 11 Dec 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

Dont believe you .

BUSTED
Dont believe you . BUSTED ifallwerelikemumby
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7:07pm Tue 11 Dec 12

raisemeup says...

ifallwerelikemumby wrote:
Dont believe you .

BUSTED
Please yourself! Believe me if it had have been me, I would have told you!
The time I worry about what a person like you thinks or does will be when H..l freezes over.
[quote][p][bold]ifallwerelikemumby[/bold] wrote: Dont believe you . BUSTED[/p][/quote]Please yourself! Believe me if it had have been me, I would have told you! The time I worry about what a person like you thinks or does will be when H..l freezes over. raisemeup
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7:30pm Tue 11 Dec 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

Any nice bit of backtracking there lad but hey ho I understand who can and cannot take stick, I don't imagine for one minute it was anyone else but if it was they are obviously too sacred to tell this so called troll to his face.
Lets hope the bulls pack are not as cowardly.
Any nice bit of backtracking there lad but hey ho I understand who can and cannot take stick, I don't imagine for one minute it was anyone else but if it was they are obviously too sacred to tell this so called troll to his face. Lets hope the bulls pack are not as cowardly. ifallwerelikemumby
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8:30pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Mumby was the best says...

Methinks the CRETIN has a relation who played for West Bowling who got rejected by Medders!
Methinks the CRETIN has a relation who played for West Bowling who got rejected by Medders! Mumby was the best
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8:33pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Sheffieldbull says...

...Which face? .....Whoever it was, don't slip on it's slime trail... Get a shell lol!
...Which face? .....Whoever it was, don't slip on it's slime trail... Get a shell lol! Sheffieldbull
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8:47pm Tue 11 Dec 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

Mumby was the best wrote:
Methinks the CRETIN has a relation who played for West Bowling who got rejected by Medders!
Wrong AGAIN
[quote][p][bold]Mumby was the best[/bold] wrote: Methinks the CRETIN has a relation who played for West Bowling who got rejected by Medders![/p][/quote]Wrong AGAIN ifallwerelikemumby
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9:25pm Tue 11 Dec 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

Shhh anyway this game at the valley great although cold.
Come on city
Shhh anyway this game at the valley great although cold. Come on city ifallwerelikemumby
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10:37pm Tue 11 Dec 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

Welcome bulls fans to the bobby Campbell bar where super city have shown just what a team we are and will at least make the city proud which is more than can be said for some.
Get the city lads signed on at bulls to show you commitment.
Welcome bulls fans to the bobby Campbell bar where super city have shown just what a team we are and will at least make the city proud which is more than can be said for some. Get the city lads signed on at bulls to show you commitment. ifallwerelikemumby
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11:07pm Tue 11 Dec 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

PS Don't forget to dig deep for Salford now they are in same boat as bulls were not long ago.
PS Don't forget to dig deep for Salford now they are in same boat as bulls were not long ago. ifallwerelikemumby
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9:31pm Wed 12 Dec 12

bringbackjimmy says...

What a joke this webiste forum has become.
Pity that a small minority have hijacked it for their own entertainment.
My suggestion is to head over to RLFANS.COM by following the link below.
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What a joke this webiste forum has become. Pity that a small minority have hijacked it for their own entertainment. My suggestion is to head over to RLFANS.COM by following the link below. You do get a better class of nutter! http://forums.rlfans .com/viewforum.php?t smp=1355347403&f=19& sid=2b1bc3733a36d0ac b130a851d6a27747 bringbackjimmy
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9:34pm Wed 12 Dec 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

I agree and I am on there already under same name feel free to PM me .
I agree and I am on there already under same name feel free to PM me . ifallwerelikemumby
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