Signs are good for the play-offs, says Bradford Bulls chief Hunter-Paul (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Signs are good for the play-offs, says Bradford Bulls chief Robbie Hunter-Paul
Robbie Hunter-Paul believes the Bulls are assembling a squad capable of marching into the play-offs next year.
Coach Francis Cummins has so far recruited Warrington and England prop Garreth Carvell, former St Helens stand-off Lee Gaskell and Huddersfield duo Luke George and Dale Ferguson.
With two more signings set to follow and Ben Evans poised to be at Bradford again next term, Hunter-Paul is confident the Bulls can reach the play-offs for the first time in six years.
The deputy director, a key figure in the Bulls’ all-conquering side which reached five successive Grand Finals, said: “I know Franny was really disappointed that we didn’t make the play-offs this year because that was one of his goals.
“Moving forward, I believe it’s a realistic goal for next year.
“Franny has recruited well and has had a full season under his belt, so I think he has his sights set on the play-offs.
“Top four is achievable but more of a bonus, while anything can happen in a Challenge Cup run, but certainly a play-off spot is within their reach.”
Hunter-Paul reckons Carvell is “world class” and added: “As a former half-back, I know what front-rowers do because at Bradford I played with arguably the best front-row ever.
“If you have a world-class front row ahead of you, then you have the time and space to play and can control the speed of the game better. You notice the difference when Nick Scruton and Manase Manuokafoa are on the field together and we are now adding another world-class prop to that mix.
“These guys can help the likes of Adam Sidlow and Ben Evans to develop into mature front-rowers.
“Then you have Luke George, who is an edge player who knows how to finish a try, and Dale Ferguson will benefit from playing with a big front row, as he has done at Huddersfield this season.
“He exploits the space which allows him to hit the line and that makes a massive difference.
“Lee Gaskell did a superb job at Salford but I think he will actually enjoy himself even more here because, again, he should have more time and space to work in.”
Meanwhile, Bulls supporters who buy season-tickets before October 4 can buy tickets for England’s World Cup opener against Australia in Cardiff for half price.
They are also being offered 30 per cent off tickets for England’s second group game against Ireland at Huddersfield on November 2.
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