Bradford Bulls: Francis Cummins pinpoints potential new signings

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Adam Henry has made a good first impression with Francis Cummins Adam Henry has made a good first impression with Francis Cummins

Francis Cummins remains hopeful that his search for talent during the World Cup could yet bear fruit.

The Bulls coach took in a number of matches during the tournament with a view to potentially adding to his squad.

Cummins has so far recruited six new faces since the end of last season in Lee Gaskell, Garreth Carvell, Adam Henry, Luke George, Dale Ferguson and Frank Winterstein.

The Bradford boss said efforts were continuing to possibly bring in another player or two on the back of his recent scouting missions.

Cummins explained: “There were a couple of players who came to my attention and we’re having to work through things.

“There are things that are progressing but at this moment in time there is nothing ready to be announced.

“It would be nice to get one or two more players in but we’ll see what happens. I’m certainly very happy with the players we’ve signed and with how the squad is shaping up.”

Cummins is particularly pleased with the fitness and application shown by Henry in his first couple of days as a Bulls player.

The New Zealander only arrived in England for the first time at the weekend but has wasted no time acclimatising to life in West Yorkshire.

Cummins plans to use the 22-year-old primarily as a centre but says his versatility and ability to play on the wing would prove useful throughout the season.

“Adam is an impressive athlete,” added the Bulls coach.

“He’s in great shape but a big part of me bringing him to Bradford was his attitude.

“I did my research on him and the first thing I discovered was that Adam could play.The second was that he’s a great lad with a great attitude.

“If you’ve got a great attitude then you’re halfway there – now it’s down to us to make him a better player.

“You look at his frame and we’re looking at him as a centre but it’s a long old season and you’ve got to be able to play all over the place.”

Meanwhile, Cummins said he was close to announcing his captain and squad numbers for the 2014 campaign.

Cummins is still working on a deal to bring Warrington forward Ben Evans back to the Provident Stadium following his successful loan spell during the 2013 campaign.

He said: “Obviously Ben’s loan has expired now so we need to get that sorted.

“A few things are stopping it so we just need to speak and move things on either way.

“The straight answer is that Warrington probably do want him but for longer-term.

“I’m sure that Ben is looking to play for them but hopefully we can get him back here next season.”

* The Bulls’ board of directors will field questions from season-ticket holders at a fans’ forum in the Coral Stand tonight (7pm start).

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10:38am Wed 4 Dec 13

bullybullman says...

Never mind that the Bulls could well be entering administration again today. The RFL are at Odsal this morning & a players meeting has been called ! watch this space.
Never mind that the Bulls could well be entering administration again today. The RFL are at Odsal this morning & a players meeting has been called ! watch this space. bullybullman

11:21am Wed 4 Dec 13

Steampig says...

bullybullman wrote:
Never mind that the Bulls could well be entering administration again today. The RFL are at Odsal this morning & a players meeting has been called ! watch this space.
where did you get this information from ? can you back it up? it just seems odd that only a few days ago the club denied these stories and this article suggests they are looking to recruite new players, why would they allow FC to state these things if they are going bust again ?
[quote][p][bold]bullybullman[/bold] wrote: Never mind that the Bulls could well be entering administration again today. The RFL are at Odsal this morning & a players meeting has been called ! watch this space.[/p][/quote]where did you get this information from ? can you back it up? it just seems odd that only a few days ago the club denied these stories and this article suggests they are looking to recruite new players, why would they allow FC to state these things if they are going bust again ? Steampig

12:06pm Wed 4 Dec 13

AdeyG'man says...

bullybullman wrote:
Never mind that the Bulls could well be entering administration again today. The RFL are at Odsal this morning & a players meeting has been called ! watch this space.
Well if it's true, they picked an unusual day to have a Fans Forum!

I think someone has been pulling your chain mate
[quote][p][bold]bullybullman[/bold] wrote: Never mind that the Bulls could well be entering administration again today. The RFL are at Odsal this morning & a players meeting has been called ! watch this space.[/p][/quote]Well if it's true, they picked an unusual day to have a Fans Forum! I think someone has been pulling your chain mate AdeyG'man

12:56pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Bone_idle18 says...

any rumours on who he's keen on signing?
any rumours on who he's keen on signing? Bone_idle18

2:06pm Wed 4 Dec 13

raisemeup says...

So BB will you be there tonight?
Obviously we'll find out whether that statement bears any semblance of truth!
So BB will you be there tonight? Obviously we'll find out whether that statement bears any semblance of truth! raisemeup

3:45pm Wed 4 Dec 13

raisemeup says...

Just as an add on to my last post BB. The Bulls website has the News of: Fans Forum tonight...and the update is 12 noon.

Which seems to indicate you are wrong. I hope so cos I've just laid out a fiver for two carol concert tickets...can't do with any more crocodile tears, can we??
Just as an add on to my last post BB. The Bulls website has the News of: Fans Forum tonight...and the update is 12 noon. Which seems to indicate you are wrong. I hope so cos I've just laid out a fiver for two carol concert tickets...can't do with any more crocodile tears, can we?? raisemeup

8:27pm Wed 4 Dec 13

col 64 says...

bullybullman wrote:
Never mind that the Bulls could well be entering administration again today. The RFL are at Odsal this morning & a players meeting has been called ! watch this space.
Still watching,just caught some tweets from the forum and surprise surprise no mention of that drivel bullyman.oh dear caught out again
[quote][p][bold]bullybullman[/bold] wrote: Never mind that the Bulls could well be entering administration again today. The RFL are at Odsal this morning & a players meeting has been called ! watch this space.[/p][/quote]Still watching,just caught some tweets from the forum and surprise surprise no mention of that drivel bullyman.oh dear caught out again col 64

8:56pm Wed 4 Dec 13

vikksy says...

I have read news coming through and administration is NOT on agenda
I have read news coming through and administration is NOT on agenda vikksy

9:57pm Wed 4 Dec 13

bbibby says...

vikksy wrote:
I have read news coming through and administration is NOT on agenda
Read what was said. All players can go!!! Club in trouble Khan and Whitcut a disaster!!, Well I kept pointing this out when they attacked Players who left the Club .They knew what was going on and deserve an apology from all you gullible supporters. No mention of the MP who was also involved in this mess,remember him when you vote! A good clean out is required and New Management required.
[quote][p][bold]vikksy[/bold] wrote: I have read news coming through and administration is NOT on agenda[/p][/quote]Read what was said. All players can go!!! Club in trouble Khan and Whitcut a disaster!!, Well I kept pointing this out when they attacked Players who left the Club .They knew what was going on and deserve an apology from all you gullible supporters. No mention of the MP who was also involved in this mess,remember him when you vote! A good clean out is required and New Management required. bbibby

10:09pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Crusader20 says...

bbibby wrote:
vikksy wrote:
I have read news coming through and administration is NOT on agenda
Read what was said. All players can go!!! Club in trouble Khan and Whitcut a disaster!!, Well I kept pointing this out when they attacked Players who left the Club .They knew what was going on and deserve an apology from all you gullible supporters. No mention of the MP who was also involved in this mess,remember him when you vote! A good clean out is required and New Management required.
Well said!
What a shambles the club is. The lads hate franny, the lads hate Hunter Paul who has constantly told lies to them about financial state of club.
Carvell was attempting to get out of his contract weeks ago with the help of a solicitor. All you gullible fools who took in the constant lies of bulls need your heads looking at. Bulls RIP
And let's watch the young talented players who left the club flourish and win silver wear!
[quote][p][bold]bbibby[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]vikksy[/bold] wrote: I have read news coming through and administration is NOT on agenda[/p][/quote]Read what was said. All players can go!!! Club in trouble Khan and Whitcut a disaster!!, Well I kept pointing this out when they attacked Players who left the Club .They knew what was going on and deserve an apology from all you gullible supporters. No mention of the MP who was also involved in this mess,remember him when you vote! A good clean out is required and New Management required.[/p][/quote]Well said! What a shambles the club is. The lads hate franny, the lads hate Hunter Paul who has constantly told lies to them about financial state of club. Carvell was attempting to get out of his contract weeks ago with the help of a solicitor. All you gullible fools who took in the constant lies of bulls need your heads looking at. Bulls RIP And let's watch the young talented players who left the club flourish and win silver wear! Crusader20

10:10pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Crusader20 says...

Oh and watch my post be removed. Stop censoring this website us in the know deserve to have the chance to tell bulls fans the truth!
Oh and watch my post be removed. Stop censoring this website us in the know deserve to have the chance to tell bulls fans the truth! Crusader20

10:15pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Crusader20 says...

RHP stated at fans forum tonight the reasons le'strange left! Lies!












More players heading out of the fast moving revolving door I hear!
The lads what's app chat named 'no more lies' is buzzing away bzzzzzzzz
Let's hope the next to leave is sour old bagpuss Duffy!
Surely the fools out there now realise why the scores of players who left not just this year but last year did! The writing has been on the wall 2 years. RIP Bradford bulls and also just to reiterate

Heath Le'strange hated Cummins, he was sacked as skipper a few months back because of a tweet he sent Ross Heppenstall re no wages again! Anyone who dares speak out about what's really going on is threatened with a fine from Hunter Paul.

It's time the fans knew the truth
RHP stated at fans forum tonight the reasons le'strange left! Lies! More players heading out of the fast moving revolving door I hear! The lads what's app chat named 'no more lies' is buzzing away bzzzzzzzz Let's hope the next to leave is sour old bagpuss Duffy! Surely the fools out there now realise why the scores of players who left not just this year but last year did! The writing has been on the wall 2 years. RIP Bradford bulls and also just to reiterate Heath Le'strange hated Cummins, he was sacked as skipper a few months back because of a tweet he sent Ross Heppenstall re no wages again! Anyone who dares speak out about what's really going on is threatened with a fine from Hunter Paul. It's time the fans knew the truth Crusader20

10:25pm Wed 4 Dec 13

vikksy says...

What a load of rubbish. You were not getting that from the meeting at all.
What a load of rubbish. You were not getting that from the meeting at all. vikksy

11:05pm Wed 4 Dec 13

raisemeup says...

vikksy wrote:
What a load of rubbish. You were not getting that from the meeting at all.
The evil minds are here again:
BB was part right that the RFL and the players were called in this am (as per the forum). What we got from the current board and Robbie was a brutal appraisal of the situation, not of their making, but it can be salvaged with next year being difficult for all concerned. However some new sponsors seem to be lined up. As far as Heath was concerned we knew him over the period he was playing for us. He actually told me and my wife the story as was told tonight by Robbie: ie His wife wanted the baby to be born at home in Australia, so given the fact he was a big earner at the Bulls he was taking a personal financial knock for family reasons. Please crusader20 who ever you are don't spread this sort malice, which besmirches more than one character! As vikky says you did not get that from the meeting.

In fact the meeting did end with a positive response from the fans.
In case you don't realise true Bradford fans are not easily rattled from the malice that some people spout. It is no coincidence that our main theme is the BELONG campaign. And whatever might happen we pin our faith in our club and our team off and on the pitch. You my friend if not for us, are against us. And let's leave it at that.
To BullyBullman, part right and for that I, give you credit! But now we need all our loyal supporters to put their faith and support to the Bulls legacy in the City of Bradford not just for our entertainment, but for our kids and the future generations who deserve to watch a top flight Super League club. The only BUMS we want are the ones on seats when the season begins in 2014.
COYB
[quote][p][bold]vikksy[/bold] wrote: What a load of rubbish. You were not getting that from the meeting at all.[/p][/quote]The evil minds are here again: BB was part right that the RFL and the players were called in this am (as per the forum). What we got from the current board and Robbie was a brutal appraisal of the situation, not of their making, but it can be salvaged with next year being difficult for all concerned. However some new sponsors seem to be lined up. As far as Heath was concerned we knew him over the period he was playing for us. He actually told me and my wife the story as was told tonight by Robbie: ie His wife wanted the baby to be born at home in Australia, so given the fact he was a big earner at the Bulls he was taking a personal financial knock for family reasons. Please crusader20 who ever you are don't spread this sort malice, which besmirches more than one character! As vikky says you did not get that from the meeting. In fact the meeting did end with a positive response from the fans. In case you don't realise true Bradford fans are not easily rattled from the malice that some people spout. It is no coincidence that our main theme is the BELONG campaign. And whatever might happen we pin our faith in our club and our team off and on the pitch. You my friend if not for us, are against us. And let's leave it at that. To BullyBullman, part right and for that I, give you credit! But now we need all our loyal supporters to put their faith and support to the Bulls legacy in the City of Bradford not just for our entertainment, but for our kids and the future generations who deserve to watch a top flight Super League club. The only BUMS we want are the ones on seats when the season begins in 2014. COYB raisemeup

2:57am Thu 5 Dec 13

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Seems at the fans forum last night confirmation that the club has been run into a mess by the previous regime was given or are we still going to have people pretending all is ok?
Seems at the fans forum last night confirmation that the club has been run into a mess by the previous regime was given or are we still going to have people pretending all is ok? Thee Voice of Reason

7:06am Thu 5 Dec 13

fedupwiththeBS says...

Our club is 1.2 million in debt plus the money that Omar wants back and still there are people on here that are wearing those rose tinted specs.

Yet more spin about investors being lined up, who is going to invest into that debt?
The big question is how did the RFL ratify the business plan or the finacial records of the club? Shows it was half arsed as Shortcut was initially ratified.

There were a number of people that tried to highlight the state of the club and the criminal way that it was being run but the 'Oh Omar your so great thank you for saving the club free curry for you' brigade just shouted everyone down.

We will be in Admin again shortly and god knows what state our club will be in when it emerges from the other side. we have gone from being World Champions to being a standing joke.

My thoughts are with the players who have been drastically let down and in some cases lied to.

The usual crowd on here will have a go saying I am talking rubbish but the writing has been on the wall since last May should they chose to read it.
Our club is 1.2 million in debt plus the money that Omar wants back and still there are people on here that are wearing those rose tinted specs. Yet more spin about investors being lined up, who is going to invest into that debt? The big question is how did the RFL ratify the business plan or the finacial records of the club? Shows it was half arsed as Shortcut was initially ratified. There were a number of people that tried to highlight the state of the club and the criminal way that it was being run but the 'Oh Omar your so great thank you for saving the club free curry for you' brigade just shouted everyone down. We will be in Admin again shortly and god knows what state our club will be in when it emerges from the other side. we have gone from being World Champions to being a standing joke. My thoughts are with the players who have been drastically let down and in some cases lied to. The usual crowd on here will have a go saying I am talking rubbish but the writing has been on the wall since last May should they chose to read it. fedupwiththeBS

2:37pm Thu 5 Dec 13

nowt fresh says...

bullybullman wrote:
Never mind that the Bulls could well be entering administration again today. The RFL are at Odsal this morning & a players meeting has been called ! watch this space.
Looks like your info was way better than some on here who seem to be burying their heads in the sand, once OK and the "honourable" MP jumped ship quickly followed by Whitcut the writting looked well and truely on the wall, good luck you Bulls fans we City fans know all about administrations :-((
[quote][p][bold]bullybullman[/bold] wrote: Never mind that the Bulls could well be entering administration again today. The RFL are at Odsal this morning & a players meeting has been called ! watch this space.[/p][/quote]Looks like your info was way better than some on here who seem to be burying their heads in the sand, once OK and the "honourable" MP jumped ship quickly followed by Whitcut the writting looked well and truely on the wall, good luck you Bulls fans we City fans know all about administrations :-(( nowt fresh

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