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New Bradford Bulls recruit Dale Ferguson plans to set the world on fire
Dale Ferguson has vowed to continue his rich vein of form during Scotland’s World Cup campaign as he prepares to become a Bradford player at the end of the tournament.
The highly-regarded back-rower, who has signed a two-year contract with the Bulls, enjoyed an outstanding season with Huddersfield, who he helped to finish top of the table for the first time in 81 years.
Ferguson will first line up for Steve McCormack’s Bravehearts at the World Cup but is already looking forward to hitting the ground running with the Bulls.
Huddersfield’s Super League title dreams were ended by a play-off semi-final defeat at the hands of Warrington but Ferguson emerged as one of the most consistent performers in Paul Anderson’s side.
The 25-year-old from Pontefract said: “At the beginning of the season I was told I wasn’t going to play much and could speak to other clubs and go out on loan.
“I had my own little battle to prove Paul Anderson wrong and I believe I did that by playing most games.
“It was quite a contrast to the start of the year and I’ve been happy with the season I’ve had so far – but it’s not over yet.
“I’m looking to carry on my good form and build as a player going into the World Cup and then bring it all to Bradford next year.”
Ferguson earned inclusion in Scotland’s squad with new Bulls team-mate Danny Addy and former Huddersfield colleague Danny Brough, who will skipper the side.
Ferguson was recently shown around the Bulls’ training facility at Tong with fellow new recruit Luke George by coach Francis Cummins.
He said: “Luke and I have been there to look at the training facility and Franny introduced us to all the backroom staff.
“He told us what he was expecting from the 2014 season and it sounds promising to be honest.
“We just want to train hard and get the performances right on the field week in and week out.”
Meanwhile, the Bulls say they have come to a “satisfactory conclusion” regarding Craig Kopczak’s controversial defection to Huddersfield.
The RFL launched an investigation into an allegation that Huddersfield made an illegal approach for Kopczak towards the end of last season.
The Giants were cleared of any wrongdoing following Bradford’s initial complaint but the RFL re-opened its investigation after conflicting evidence surfaced during a court case in which Keith Mason successfully sued Huddersfield for wrongful dismissal.
The RFL have still not made public the outcome of their investigation but the two clubs have at least come to an agreement.
The T&A understands it is not a financial settlement and could instead relate to the potential loan of Huddersfield players.
Bulls co-owner Ryan Whitcut said: “We’ve had discussions with Ken Davy and Richard Thewlis at Huddersfield and have come to a satisfactory conclusion regarding the Craig Kopczak saga.”
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