Spirit at Bradford Bulls a credit to players

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Francis Cummins has been impressed by the levels of professionalism from his staff Francis Cummins has been impressed by the levels of professionalism from his staff

Bulls coach Francis Cummins has paid tribute to his players’ efforts during pre-season as he braces himself to potentially lose a number of them.

It was revealed earlier this week that the Bulls must save £400,000 during the next 12 months in order to stay alive.

That will almost certainly lead to the departure of a number of Cummins’ squad, with London Broncos a possible destination.

The Broncos have lost 16 players since the end of last season and, provided they secure a move to Barnet to stave off administration, they will begin recruiting for the 2014 campaign.

That has opened the door for the Bulls to offload players to the capital club as they seek to lower their wage bill and make vital savings.

Cummins, whose squad has remained intact so far, has taken a pragmatic view on the situation and accepted that players could go.

But he has been left delighted with the spirit and attitude shown by his men at their Tong training base since returning for pre-season.

“The squad has taken a massive leap forward,” said the Bulls boss.

“They came back in great shape, which always helps, and they are almost challenging each other to be better.

“The results have gone through the roof – their body shapes are changing, the facilities are good, the level of professionalism from my staff and the working environment is brilliant.

“I’ve had some of my senior players, some of whom have played in the NRL, tell me they’ve not had something as good as this before.

“It’s just a shame we can’t play at the moment but all we can do is train and keep really tight as a group.

“Whatever will happen will happen. All we can do is keep working hard and improving.”

Meanwhile, the Bulls’ pre-season friendly at Dewsbury has been put back from Sunday, January 19 to Sunday, January 26 (kick-off 3pm).

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8:27am Sat 7 Dec 13

raisemeup says...

Feel that Franny has had the "Baptism" of fire that is the most horrendous in anyone's professional career.
Through it all he has not criticised , publicly. anyone or anything, and once again he has to maintain a dignity that befits a true professional.
He has my admiration for what it's worth.;
Feel that Franny has had the "Baptism" of fire that is the most horrendous in anyone's professional career. Through it all he has not criticised , publicly. anyone or anything, and once again he has to maintain a dignity that befits a true professional. He has my admiration for what it's worth.; raisemeup

8:28am Sat 7 Dec 13

Thee Voice of Reason says...

The other story today about Khan starting legal action could be the beginning of the end.
I notice they don't deny the financial state the Bulls was left in, just the fact they say the new regime was made fully aware of it.
They then accuse the new regime of not wanting to put money in whilst at the same time are using legal action to get their money back out.
Who to trust? I personally wouldn't believe Whitcut if he told me today was Saturday without a second opinion after admin errors on wages and an oversight on a winding up order how can you believe someone like that.
Seems Khan has no objection to bringing the club down if he is willing to pursue legal action.
Meanwhile Sutcliffe is nowhere to be seen.
Sad days.
The other story today about Khan starting legal action could be the beginning of the end. I notice they don't deny the financial state the Bulls was left in, just the fact they say the new regime was made fully aware of it. They then accuse the new regime of not wanting to put money in whilst at the same time are using legal action to get their money back out. Who to trust? I personally wouldn't believe Whitcut if he told me today was Saturday without a second opinion after admin errors on wages and an oversight on a winding up order how can you believe someone like that. Seems Khan has no objection to bringing the club down if he is willing to pursue legal action. Meanwhile Sutcliffe is nowhere to be seen. Sad days. Thee Voice of Reason

8:56am Sat 7 Dec 13

raisemeup says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
The other story today about Khan starting legal action could be the beginning of the end.
I notice they don't deny the financial state the Bulls was left in, just the fact they say the new regime was made fully aware of it.
They then accuse the new regime of not wanting to put money in whilst at the same time are using legal action to get their money back out.
Who to trust? I personally wouldn't believe Whitcut if he told me today was Saturday without a second opinion after admin errors on wages and an oversight on a winding up order how can you believe someone like that.
Seems Khan has no objection to bringing the club down if he is willing to pursue legal action.
Meanwhile Sutcliffe is nowhere to be seen.
Sad days.
Not wrong there TVOR. It's the scenario of "Oh what a tangled web we weave when once we start to deceive" syndrome> There will be claim and counter claim before we are finished.
A sad day indeed, if not entirely unexpected. We once again will have to weather another storm, if not the ones we get from the natural weather patterns aren't enough.
Still have a good XMAS AND A HAPPY AND HEALTHY PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR TO ALL>
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: The other story today about Khan starting legal action could be the beginning of the end. I notice they don't deny the financial state the Bulls was left in, just the fact they say the new regime was made fully aware of it. They then accuse the new regime of not wanting to put money in whilst at the same time are using legal action to get their money back out. Who to trust? I personally wouldn't believe Whitcut if he told me today was Saturday without a second opinion after admin errors on wages and an oversight on a winding up order how can you believe someone like that. Seems Khan has no objection to bringing the club down if he is willing to pursue legal action. Meanwhile Sutcliffe is nowhere to be seen. Sad days.[/p][/quote]Not wrong there TVOR. It's the scenario of "Oh what a tangled web we weave when once we start to deceive" syndrome> There will be claim and counter claim before we are finished. A sad day indeed, if not entirely unexpected. We once again will have to weather another storm, if not the ones we get from the natural weather patterns aren't enough. Still have a good XMAS AND A HAPPY AND HEALTHY PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR TO ALL> raisemeup

11:55am Sat 7 Dec 13

Solomon Grundy says...

Suspect OK will find it very hard to get his money back, it is very hard to recover investments of that kind once the ship has sailed so to speak.
Suspect OK will find it very hard to get his money back, it is very hard to recover investments of that kind once the ship has sailed so to speak. Solomon Grundy

12:24pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Solomon Grundy wrote:
Suspect OK will find it very hard to get his money back, it is very hard to recover investments of that kind once the ship has sailed so to speak.
Why should he get his money back?
He spent more than the club could afford so why does the new owners not only have to take on all the loans secured against the club but also repay Omar everything he gambled and lost.
[quote][p][bold]Solomon Grundy[/bold] wrote: Suspect OK will find it very hard to get his money back, it is very hard to recover investments of that kind once the ship has sailed so to speak.[/p][/quote]Why should he get his money back? He spent more than the club could afford so why does the new owners not only have to take on all the loans secured against the club but also repay Omar everything he gambled and lost. Thee Voice of Reason

12:28pm Sat 7 Dec 13

BD16 says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
Solomon Grundy wrote:
Suspect OK will find it very hard to get his money back, it is very hard to recover investments of that kind once the ship has sailed so to speak.
Why should he get his money back?
He spent more than the club could afford so why does the new owners not only have to take on all the loans secured against the club but also repay Omar everything he gambled and lost.
Depend what the terms of the takeover were?
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Solomon Grundy[/bold] wrote: Suspect OK will find it very hard to get his money back, it is very hard to recover investments of that kind once the ship has sailed so to speak.[/p][/quote]Why should he get his money back? He spent more than the club could afford so why does the new owners not only have to take on all the loans secured against the club but also repay Omar everything he gambled and lost.[/p][/quote]Depend what the terms of the takeover were? BD16

12:45pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Thee Voice of Reason says...

BD16 wrote:
Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
Solomon Grundy wrote:
Suspect OK will find it very hard to get his money back, it is very hard to recover investments of that kind once the ship has sailed so to speak.
Why should he get his money back?
He spent more than the club could afford so why does the new owners not only have to take on all the loans secured against the club but also repay Omar everything he gambled and lost.
Depend what the terms of the takeover were?
The terms appeared to include Whitcut being part of the future which isn't happening. Suspose they could hand the club back to Omar.
[quote][p][bold]BD16[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Solomon Grundy[/bold] wrote: Suspect OK will find it very hard to get his money back, it is very hard to recover investments of that kind once the ship has sailed so to speak.[/p][/quote]Why should he get his money back? He spent more than the club could afford so why does the new owners not only have to take on all the loans secured against the club but also repay Omar everything he gambled and lost.[/p][/quote]Depend what the terms of the takeover were?[/p][/quote]The terms appeared to include Whitcut being part of the future which isn't happening. Suspose they could hand the club back to Omar. Thee Voice of Reason

4:26pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Shipley Paul says...

Funny thing is, yesterday Robbie was giving his opinion that possibly no players would leave, yet today Franny is resigned to losing several players to London. Perhaps it would be better just to report any actual departures rather than speculate on what may happen. It's all baffling to say the least. 400 grand is a substantial amount but when looked at against the reported weekly spend, it doesn't seem to be an insurmountable amount.
Funny thing is, yesterday Robbie was giving his opinion that possibly no players would leave, yet today Franny is resigned to losing several players to London. Perhaps it would be better just to report any actual departures rather than speculate on what may happen. It's all baffling to say the least. 400 grand is a substantial amount but when looked at against the reported weekly spend, it doesn't seem to be an insurmountable amount. Shipley Paul

5:20pm Sat 7 Dec 13

AdeyG'man says...

I'm confused? He's pleased that players have come back in great shape yet it might be a waste of time as they might end up playing for the London Broncos? Am I the only one who thinks this is more like slap in the face rather than a good news story?
It's like Bullseye! "This is the team you could have watched!"
I'm confused? He's pleased that players have come back in great shape yet it might be a waste of time as they might end up playing for the London Broncos? Am I the only one who thinks this is more like slap in the face rather than a good news story? It's like Bullseye! "This is the team you could have watched!" AdeyG'man

5:33pm Sat 7 Dec 13

axlef1963 says...

All very strange the mess we are in again.Can someone look into the books very closely and see what has been happening with the accounts as this time last year when I paid for my season ticket the money went to a certain hotel account in Bradford.There needs to be a root and branch audit of the accounts now by the rfl, to see what is really going on and also can they tell us who they have in the background,who they said were waiting to invest. The time has come to sort it once and for all,if it means us going down into the championship,so be it.Lets start at the bottom and start and build again on a sound financial footing COYB
All very strange the mess we are in again.Can someone look into the books very closely and see what has been happening with the accounts as this time last year when I paid for my season ticket the money went to a certain hotel account in Bradford.There needs to be a root and branch audit of the accounts now by the rfl, to see what is really going on and also can they tell us who they have in the background,who they said were waiting to invest. The time has come to sort it once and for all,if it means us going down into the championship,so be it.Lets start at the bottom and start and build again on a sound financial footing COYB axlef1963

6:30pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Pablo says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
The other story today about Khan starting legal action could be the beginning of the end.
I notice they don't deny the financial state the Bulls was left in, just the fact they say the new regime was made fully aware of it.
They then accuse the new regime of not wanting to put money in whilst at the same time are using legal action to get their money back out.
Who to trust? I personally wouldn't believe Whitcut if he told me today was Saturday without a second opinion after admin errors on wages and an oversight on a winding up order how can you believe someone like that.
Seems Khan has no objection to bringing the club down if he is willing to pursue legal action.
Meanwhile Sutcliffe is nowhere to be seen.
Sad days.
Yes, I think everyone is going to be a loser now.

As the Rev Flowers situation showed, all the dirty washing is likely to be aired in public now.

I bet Messrs Moore, Calvert and Watt wish they could turn the clock back.

I echo your sentiment about "sad days". I've not seen any comment from Sutcliffe since he disappeared from the scene.
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: The other story today about Khan starting legal action could be the beginning of the end. I notice they don't deny the financial state the Bulls was left in, just the fact they say the new regime was made fully aware of it. They then accuse the new regime of not wanting to put money in whilst at the same time are using legal action to get their money back out. Who to trust? I personally wouldn't believe Whitcut if he told me today was Saturday without a second opinion after admin errors on wages and an oversight on a winding up order how can you believe someone like that. Seems Khan has no objection to bringing the club down if he is willing to pursue legal action. Meanwhile Sutcliffe is nowhere to be seen. Sad days.[/p][/quote]Yes, I think everyone is going to be a loser now. As the Rev Flowers situation showed, all the dirty washing is likely to be aired in public now. I bet Messrs Moore, Calvert and Watt wish they could turn the clock back. I echo your sentiment about "sad days". I've not seen any comment from Sutcliffe since he disappeared from the scene. Pablo

10:44pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Alhaurinrhino says...

Is anyone really that surprised that members of the Labour party and a member of "the community" have bent the good folk of Bradford over and given them one.
Is anyone really that surprised that members of the Labour party and a member of "the community" have bent the good folk of Bradford over and given them one. Alhaurinrhino

2:59am Sun 8 Dec 13

Big_Biscuit says...

What a mess. I cannot see any way positive way forward at all. Professional RL in Bfd is finished.
What a mess. I cannot see any way positive way forward at all. Professional RL in Bfd is finished. Big_Biscuit

10:52am Sun 8 Dec 13

raisemeup says...

Let's not give in.
Bulls supporters have weathered some pretty horrific storms, this is just another one to add to the "character building" of true supporters of the Bulls and it seems the game as a whole.

The most interesting dilemma will be the Bronco's? Will the RFL and the Council decide,because they haven't actually gone into administration (if they don't, that is) will they not deduct any points, and still allow the full money from the SKY compensation pot, plus of course the additional £50 thousand from the Bulls penalty deduction.?
And what will the RFL hierarchy do about the rebellious 7 super league clubs who have refused to be railroaded into the 2x12 and 3x8 league structures, and I suspect will actually wish to be more autonomous in deciding their future business?
Eastenders has nothing on this soap opera, has it? Trouble is they seem to have forgotten the fans, who are the biggest stakeholders of the game!
Let's not give in. Bulls supporters have weathered some pretty horrific storms, this is just another one to add to the "character building" of true supporters of the Bulls and it seems the game as a whole. The most interesting dilemma will be the Bronco's? Will the RFL and the Council decide,because they haven't actually gone into administration (if they don't, that is) will they not deduct any points, and still allow the full money from the SKY compensation pot, plus of course the additional £50 thousand from the Bulls penalty deduction.? And what will the RFL hierarchy do about the rebellious 7 super league clubs who have refused to be railroaded into the 2x12 and 3x8 league structures, and I suspect will actually wish to be more autonomous in deciding their future business? Eastenders has nothing on this soap opera, has it? Trouble is they seem to have forgotten the fans, who are the biggest stakeholders of the game! raisemeup

12:41pm Sun 8 Dec 13

axlef1963 says...

The whole point of the system in super league was that clubs got there books checked to make sure they weren't over spending and keeping under the salary cap.So which idiot has been doing this,because who every it is cant ad-up.Every season we lurch from one disaster to another in super league,but nothing seems to change.The simple answer is scrap the salary cap it doesn't work because its obvious with some of the squads in super league either the players are playing for peanuts,or some one is fiddling the books.the rfl have left the game in a right state and nothing coming out of redhall fills me with confidence.How can you take half a clubs money off them when there already in the sh@t and expect them to continue trading when they obviously cant trade with the full money.Which ever way you look at it the bulls and super league in general are in a right state and it will take some one with real character and business sense to turn it around.HERES HOPING COYB
The whole point of the system in super league was that clubs got there books checked to make sure they weren't over spending and keeping under the salary cap.So which idiot has been doing this,because who every it is cant ad-up.Every season we lurch from one disaster to another in super league,but nothing seems to change.The simple answer is scrap the salary cap it doesn't work because its obvious with some of the squads in super league either the players are playing for peanuts,or some one is fiddling the books.the rfl have left the game in a right state and nothing coming out of redhall fills me with confidence.How can you take half a clubs money off them when there already in the sh@t and expect them to continue trading when they obviously cant trade with the full money.Which ever way you look at it the bulls and super league in general are in a right state and it will take some one with real character and business sense to turn it around.HERES HOPING COYB axlef1963

9:52pm Sun 8 Dec 13

bradfordbronco says...

The sad thing is Moore, Calvert and Omar all got involved to help save the Bulls. Don't think any of them did it to make money. I'm sure they all had good intentions. The problem is they don't have any money!! Until someone with some real clout takes over then we're always gonna struggle. The club would have gone without Omar. Perhaps it still will. who knows. But before we criticise these guys too much, has anyone else got any better ideas or more cash to put in? One of the saddest things is the supporters haven't rallied round in enough numbers to help these guys out. If the club goes it will be through lack of investment from the supporters who were there when times were good but too many went missing when needed.
The sad thing is Moore, Calvert and Omar all got involved to help save the Bulls. Don't think any of them did it to make money. I'm sure they all had good intentions. The problem is they don't have any money!! Until someone with some real clout takes over then we're always gonna struggle. The club would have gone without Omar. Perhaps it still will. who knows. But before we criticise these guys too much, has anyone else got any better ideas or more cash to put in? One of the saddest things is the supporters haven't rallied round in enough numbers to help these guys out. If the club goes it will be through lack of investment from the supporters who were there when times were good but too many went missing when needed. bradfordbronco

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