Bradford Bulls: New deal will make it a happy Easter for Adam Sidlow

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Adam Sidlow, pictured, is delighted with the close-season acquisition of Garreth Carvell Adam Sidlow, pictured, is delighted with the close-season acquisition of Garreth Carvell

Adam Sidlow needs no extra motivation to perform this season – he wants to earn himself a new contract.

The imposing Bulls prop arrived from Salford on a two-year deal 12 months ago and enjoyed an impressive debut campaign at the Provident Stadium.

He made 19 Super League appearances and scored five tries, including a famous point-saving touchdown in the memorable 18-18 draw at Leeds over Easter.

His season was cruelly cut short by a knee injury sustained during the defeat at Wigan on July 5 but he is now approaching full fitness and ready to re-establish himself in Francis Cummins’ side.

The 26-year-old Wiganer said: “I want to earn a new deal – that’s my mindset this year.

“As I’ve said every time anyone has asked me, I like it at Bradford and I need to have a good season. If I can do well then hopefully Franny will offer me another contract.

“That’s what I’m looking for and I would hope to know by about April time.

“That’s when they have to let you know – they send you a letter saying whether they intend to offer you another contract. Hopefully things work out for me.”

Sidlow accepts the arrival of Garreth Carvell has increased competition for places in the front row at Odsal.

The acquisition of Carvell from Warrington was seen as a major coup and Sidlow is a confirmed admirer of the England international.

The Bulls have a fine roster of props in Carvell, Sidlow, Nick Scruton and Manase Manuokafoa, while Ben Evans could also return to the club on another loan from Warrington.

“I think we needed someone like Carvell,” added Sidlow.

“We’ve got Nas and Scrutes, who are excellent props, but Gaz has so much experience and has done so well at Warrington.

“He can pass that knowledge on to us.

“I have watched rugby league since I was a young lad and looked up to the likes of Jamie Peacock.

“Garreth is similar and I’ve watched him for many years now.

“He does an outstanding job and that’s what I aspire to do.

“We’ve got the makings of a good pack this year, especially if we can get Ben Evans here as well.

“Competition for places is always good when you’ve got injuries like we had last year.”

Sidlow is hoping his own injury woes are a thing of the past after recovering from a knee operation which ended his season prematurely.

He explained: “All things considered, after my operation and the injury I had, I’m doing really well.

“I’ve got through all the conditioning and the weights work, so I’m more or less in full training now.

“I’m not doing every area of contact but I’ve just started wrestling and am not far off full fitness.

“I’ll definitely be ready for the start of the season and should be fit for the first pre-season game at Dewsbury.”

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7:47am Mon 9 Dec 13

bradfordbronco says...

He's one a'd keep. All depends on London now. If they do get saved and need some players then I think we can afford to lose Evans, George, Kearney and Gale or Diskin. Sammut could replace either of the latter two. St Hillare could go from the coaching side and a few admin staff should get us near the £400,000 mark we need to start the season. Then we just need a bit luck with the injuries!
He's one a'd keep. All depends on London now. If they do get saved and need some players then I think we can afford to lose Evans, George, Kearney and Gale or Diskin. Sammut could replace either of the latter two. St Hillare could go from the coaching side and a few admin staff should get us near the £400,000 mark we need to start the season. Then we just need a bit luck with the injuries! bradfordbronco

7:58am Mon 9 Dec 13

raisemeup says...

At last something we want to hear about, a player's hope and aspirations for the forthcoming season.

OK in the light of previous destructive stories, life may not be that simple.
But all you can do in life is to keep living it in a positive way.
We can't do anything about what has passed, and it's a breath of fresh air from one of our stand out players.
We hope to be able to keep our squad together, and in spite of all the odds stacked against us, to be able to compete in 2014 to get us past the financial burdens we seem forced to carry, but we aren't alone in that situation are we..ie London-Cas-Wakefield
-Hull KR and a few others, even Leeds is rumoured to be feeling the pinch?
At last something we want to hear about, a player's hope and aspirations for the forthcoming season. OK in the light of previous destructive stories, life may not be that simple. But all you can do in life is to keep living it in a positive way. We can't do anything about what has passed, and it's a breath of fresh air from one of our stand out players. We hope to be able to keep our squad together, and in spite of all the odds stacked against us, to be able to compete in 2014 to get us past the financial burdens we seem forced to carry, but we aren't alone in that situation are we..ie London-Cas-Wakefield -Hull KR and a few others, even Leeds is rumoured to be feeling the pinch? raisemeup

8:49am Mon 9 Dec 13

MeccaBingo1 says...

It's a load of rubbish, who knows who will actually start the season, might not even start with Carvell. If London sort thing out a number of player will leave for sure!
It's a load of rubbish, who knows who will actually start the season, might not even start with Carvell. If London sort thing out a number of player will leave for sure! MeccaBingo1

9:56am Mon 9 Dec 13

Ralphie says...

According to the League Express the players have been told they will hae to take a 10% pay cut and that Gale is on his way to Hull, and Zammut is also on his way out.
Think we could cope without Gale but to lose both half backs seems a bit too far.Could lose one the wingers George/Kear/Foster or one of the centres were we have cover Can 't see he point of resignig Evans also.
According to the League Express the players have been told they will hae to take a 10% pay cut and that Gale is on his way to Hull, and Zammut is also on his way out. Think we could cope without Gale but to lose both half backs seems a bit too far.Could lose one the wingers George/Kear/Foster or one of the centres were we have cover Can 't see he point of resignig Evans also. Ralphie

10:38am Mon 9 Dec 13

THEMANOFSTEEL says...

Why do we need to lose so many players
Is everybody at their panic stations today?
only person likely to leave would be Kearney
if we lose a half we lose a half
the players brought in wont be on big wages
End of the day Robbie Paul has issued a statement saying if somebody leaves Franny will have options to replace with somebody who should be playing at Super League standard from the options at the World Cup
End of the day money is needed but we wont be offloading that many
would be Ludacris!!
Why do we need to lose so many players Is everybody at their panic stations today? only person likely to leave would be Kearney if we lose a half we lose a half the players brought in wont be on big wages End of the day Robbie Paul has issued a statement saying if somebody leaves Franny will have options to replace with somebody who should be playing at Super League standard from the options at the World Cup End of the day money is needed but we wont be offloading that many would be Ludacris!! THEMANOFSTEEL

11:04am Mon 9 Dec 13

MeccaBingo1 says...

THEMANOFSTEEL wrote:
Why do we need to lose so many players
Is everybody at their panic stations today?
only person likely to leave would be Kearney
if we lose a half we lose a half
the players brought in wont be on big wages
End of the day Robbie Paul has issued a statement saying if somebody leaves Franny will have options to replace with somebody who should be playing at Super League standard from the options at the World Cup
End of the day money is needed but we wont be offloading that many
would be Ludacris!!
Time will tell, but after visiting the club on Saturday morning and talking to a few staff members its clear to me things are about to get worse. Why would you stay if a better offer was on table!
[quote][p][bold]THEMANOFSTEEL[/bold] wrote: Why do we need to lose so many players Is everybody at their panic stations today? only person likely to leave would be Kearney if we lose a half we lose a half the players brought in wont be on big wages End of the day Robbie Paul has issued a statement saying if somebody leaves Franny will have options to replace with somebody who should be playing at Super League standard from the options at the World Cup End of the day money is needed but we wont be offloading that many would be Ludacris!![/p][/quote]Time will tell, but after visiting the club on Saturday morning and talking to a few staff members its clear to me things are about to get worse. Why would you stay if a better offer was on table! MeccaBingo1

1:11pm Mon 9 Dec 13

collos25 says...

Is it not true that te present directors have take very large money withdrawals and replaced them with loans reay for when they walk away.
Is it not true that te present directors have take very large money withdrawals and replaced them with loans reay for when they walk away. collos25

1:14pm Mon 9 Dec 13

collos25 says...

Is it not true that the present directors have taken very large money withdrawals and replaced them with loans ready for when they walk away.
Is it not true that the present directors have taken very large money withdrawals and replaced them with loans ready for when they walk away. collos25

1:59pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Sheffieldbull says...

collos25 wrote:
Is it not true that the present directors have taken very large money withdrawals and replaced them with loans ready for when they walk away.
Must be, if you suggest it!
[quote][p][bold]collos25[/bold] wrote: Is it not true that the present directors have taken very large money withdrawals and replaced them with loans ready for when they walk away.[/p][/quote]Must be, if you suggest it! Sheffieldbull

3:01pm Mon 9 Dec 13

bantamuk says...

What about all the staff losing there jobs before Christmas and familys as well,
no ground staff coaching staff cut.About time the RFL sent in independent auditors to see what the true extent of the problem is.
Good luck city have been there twice and it's been along way back .I am sure the. Bulls can fight back but it's time to start againq
What about all the staff losing there jobs before Christmas and familys as well, no ground staff coaching staff cut.About time the RFL sent in independent auditors to see what the true extent of the problem is. Good luck city have been there twice and it's been along way back .I am sure the. Bulls can fight back but it's time to start againq bantamuk

3:07pm Mon 9 Dec 13

bullybullman says...

This is fact so before I get the usual " who`s your Source " please accept this is the truth.

The club are actively trying to off load several key players to other clubs the London situation has a big impact because at the moment London only have 8 listed players if they survive other clubs can off load to London & sign some of our players.

Any player paid over £20k has been asked to take a 10% pay cut & they have been given full permission to seek another club they have till the close of play today to accept the reduced wage offer. So later this week we can see who is staying & who is going but sadly they is little chance of us keeping Cavell & it is highly likely Kearney will be going also.

The situation is dire make no bones about this it is all about avoiding admistration. Sidlow is the type of player we will retain because he has no option elsewhere.

There is going to be a lot of very pee`d off supporters & the ones who have bought a season ticket have been duped!

One thing I would like to add is how much are we paying Robbie Paul ? and what exactly has he brought to the party so far.
This is fact so before I get the usual " who`s your Source " please accept this is the truth. The club are actively trying to off load several key players to other clubs the London situation has a big impact because at the moment London only have 8 listed players if they survive other clubs can off load to London & sign some of our players. Any player paid over £20k has been asked to take a 10% pay cut & they have been given full permission to seek another club they have till the close of play today to accept the reduced wage offer. So later this week we can see who is staying & who is going but sadly they is little chance of us keeping Cavell & it is highly likely Kearney will be going also. The situation is dire make no bones about this it is all about avoiding admistration. Sidlow is the type of player we will retain because he has no option elsewhere. There is going to be a lot of very pee`d off supporters & the ones who have bought a season ticket have been duped! One thing I would like to add is how much are we paying Robbie Paul ? and what exactly has he brought to the party so far. bullybullman

3:45pm Mon 9 Dec 13

MeccaBingo1 says...

bullybullman wrote:
This is fact so before I get the usual " who`s your Source " please accept this is the truth.

The club are actively trying to off load several key players to other clubs the London situation has a big impact because at the moment London only have 8 listed players if they survive other clubs can off load to London & sign some of our players.

Any player paid over £20k has been asked to take a 10% pay cut & they have been given full permission to seek another club they have till the close of play today to accept the reduced wage offer. So later this week we can see who is staying & who is going but sadly they is little chance of us keeping Cavell & it is highly likely Kearney will be going also.

The situation is dire make no bones about this it is all about avoiding admistration. Sidlow is the type of player we will retain because he has no option elsewhere.

There is going to be a lot of very pee`d off supporters & the ones who have bought a season ticket have been duped!

One thing I would like to add is how much are we paying Robbie Paul ? and what exactly has he brought to the party so far.
Robbie Paul - Should go, don’t really understand him coming back.

Said weeks and weeks ago Carvell would not stay! and got slated for it!

Sad times to come in next few week but I anticipate same old people will see the brighter side of pitch black.
[quote][p][bold]bullybullman[/bold] wrote: This is fact so before I get the usual " who`s your Source " please accept this is the truth. The club are actively trying to off load several key players to other clubs the London situation has a big impact because at the moment London only have 8 listed players if they survive other clubs can off load to London & sign some of our players. Any player paid over £20k has been asked to take a 10% pay cut & they have been given full permission to seek another club they have till the close of play today to accept the reduced wage offer. So later this week we can see who is staying & who is going but sadly they is little chance of us keeping Cavell & it is highly likely Kearney will be going also. The situation is dire make no bones about this it is all about avoiding admistration. Sidlow is the type of player we will retain because he has no option elsewhere. There is going to be a lot of very pee`d off supporters & the ones who have bought a season ticket have been duped! One thing I would like to add is how much are we paying Robbie Paul ? and what exactly has he brought to the party so far.[/p][/quote]Robbie Paul - Should go, don’t really understand him coming back. Said weeks and weeks ago Carvell would not stay! and got slated for it! Sad times to come in next few week but I anticipate same old people will see the brighter side of pitch black. MeccaBingo1

4:09pm Mon 9 Dec 13

collos25 says...

Sheffieldbull wrote:
collos25 wrote: Is it not true that the present directors have taken very large money withdrawals and replaced them with loans ready for when they walk away.
Must be, if you suggest it!
I have asked a serious queston somebody may be able answer it I and other people do not want your stupid answers.
[quote][p][bold]Sheffieldbull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]collos25[/bold] wrote: Is it not true that the present directors have taken very large money withdrawals and replaced them with loans ready for when they walk away.[/p][/quote]Must be, if you suggest it![/p][/quote]I have asked a serious queston somebody may be able answer it I and other people do not want your stupid answers. collos25

5:10pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Thee Voice of Reason says...

RADFORD NORTHERN RUGBY LEAGUE FOOTBALL CLUB (1964) LIMITED, company number 01366849.

Omar Khan became director on the 02/10/2012. He then resigned on the same day as he did with OK Bulls Limited, and Ryan Whitcut is now the sole director of this company from the 26/09/2013.

Hmmmm, this company is still active and appears to be the old Bradford Bulls as people such have Peter Hood have been a director in the past. Accounts have been filed upto the end of December 2011, then the year end has been changed 3 days before the filing deadline so next accounts will run till the end of June 2013 and don't require filing till March 2014.

Not sure what this does nowadays, says gambling which would sum up the way the Bulls have been run.

The mystery continues.
RADFORD NORTHERN RUGBY LEAGUE FOOTBALL CLUB (1964) LIMITED, company number 01366849. Omar Khan became director on the 02/10/2012. He then resigned on the same day as he did with OK Bulls Limited, and Ryan Whitcut is now the sole director of this company from the 26/09/2013. Hmmmm, this company is still active and appears to be the old Bradford Bulls as people such have Peter Hood have been a director in the past. Accounts have been filed upto the end of December 2011, then the year end has been changed 3 days before the filing deadline so next accounts will run till the end of June 2013 and don't require filing till March 2014. Not sure what this does nowadays, says gambling which would sum up the way the Bulls have been run. The mystery continues. Thee Voice of Reason

6:17pm Mon 9 Dec 13

danger mouse says...

Spare a thought for the office and shop staff that have been made redundant today. Then only a couple of hours later they are advertising for volunteers on Facebook! Couldn't even wait until the next day
Spare a thought for the office and shop staff that have been made redundant today. Then only a couple of hours later they are advertising for volunteers on Facebook! Couldn't even wait until the next day danger mouse

7:17pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Sheffieldbull says...

collos25 wrote:
Sheffieldbull wrote:
collos25 wrote: Is it not true that the present directors have taken very large money withdrawals and replaced them with loans ready for when they walk away.
Must be, if you suggest it!
I have asked a serious queston somebody may be able answer it I and other people do not want your stupid answers.
Allow me to educate you collo ‘ssus’ bird brain. If you write and ask a question it should be followed by this..?... Without one of these (?) it’s a rhetorical statement. This means it’s not a question but a statement, posed as a question. Therefore my comment was to that statement...got it... Hope this helps.... (that’s rhetorical, by the way hence the lack of one of these?)
So, I hope this proves useful, oh, by the way, I found your comments on the T&A story about the unemployed questionnaire in Bradford enlightening... would you like me to help you find one? (that signifies that I’m asking you a direct question, therefore, it’s a question, got that?)
[quote][p][bold]collos25[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sheffieldbull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]collos25[/bold] wrote: Is it not true that the present directors have taken very large money withdrawals and replaced them with loans ready for when they walk away.[/p][/quote]Must be, if you suggest it![/p][/quote]I have asked a serious queston somebody may be able answer it I and other people do not want your stupid answers.[/p][/quote]Allow me to educate you collo ‘ssus’ bird brain. If you write and ask a question it should be followed by this..?... Without one of these (?) it’s a rhetorical statement. This means it’s not a question but a statement, posed as a question. Therefore my comment was to that statement...got it... Hope this helps.... (that’s rhetorical, by the way hence the lack of one of these?) So, I hope this proves useful, oh, by the way, I found your comments on the T&A story about the unemployed questionnaire in Bradford enlightening... would you like me to help you find one? (that signifies that I’m asking you a direct question, therefore, it’s a question, got that?) Sheffieldbull

7:29pm Mon 9 Dec 13

bradfordbronco says...

bullybullman wrote:
This is fact so before I get the usual " who`s your Source " please accept this is the truth.

The club are actively trying to off load several key players to other clubs the London situation has a big impact because at the moment London only have 8 listed players if they survive other clubs can off load to London & sign some of our players.

Any player paid over £20k has been asked to take a 10% pay cut & they have been given full permission to seek another club they have till the close of play today to accept the reduced wage offer. So later this week we can see who is staying & who is going but sadly they is little chance of us keeping Cavell & it is highly likely Kearney will be going also.

The situation is dire make no bones about this it is all about avoiding admistration. Sidlow is the type of player we will retain because he has no option elsewhere.

There is going to be a lot of very pee`d off supporters & the ones who have bought a season ticket have been duped!

One thing I would like to add is how much are we paying Robbie Paul ? and what exactly has he brought to the party so far.
Hi Bullyman. Who are the eight London players still on the books. Is Dixon still there or has he gone to Salford yet? Even most of the reserves have now signed for RU clubs. Its a strange situation. We have a squad but are short of cash. They dont have either at the moment. The fixtures have been publicised. The RFL need an even number of teams to fulfil the magic weekend fixtures. The lower league teams dont have enough quality players to step up into SL. Somethings got to give soon. Hope London find a buyer and take a four or five of our players, which will ensure our survival. The rest of their squad will have to come from lower league clubs. Will the RFL announce the structure of the League before the season starts. Ie are we reducing to 12 teams and how will it be decided. Is it the bottom 2 out, or is it the 2 worst bids out. I doubt if we'll find out till the season is nearly over!!
[quote][p][bold]bullybullman[/bold] wrote: This is fact so before I get the usual " who`s your Source " please accept this is the truth. The club are actively trying to off load several key players to other clubs the London situation has a big impact because at the moment London only have 8 listed players if they survive other clubs can off load to London & sign some of our players. Any player paid over £20k has been asked to take a 10% pay cut & they have been given full permission to seek another club they have till the close of play today to accept the reduced wage offer. So later this week we can see who is staying & who is going but sadly they is little chance of us keeping Cavell & it is highly likely Kearney will be going also. The situation is dire make no bones about this it is all about avoiding admistration. Sidlow is the type of player we will retain because he has no option elsewhere. There is going to be a lot of very pee`d off supporters & the ones who have bought a season ticket have been duped! One thing I would like to add is how much are we paying Robbie Paul ? and what exactly has he brought to the party so far.[/p][/quote]Hi Bullyman. Who are the eight London players still on the books. Is Dixon still there or has he gone to Salford yet? Even most of the reserves have now signed for RU clubs. Its a strange situation. We have a squad but are short of cash. They dont have either at the moment. The fixtures have been publicised. The RFL need an even number of teams to fulfil the magic weekend fixtures. The lower league teams dont have enough quality players to step up into SL. Somethings got to give soon. Hope London find a buyer and take a four or five of our players, which will ensure our survival. The rest of their squad will have to come from lower league clubs. Will the RFL announce the structure of the League before the season starts. Ie are we reducing to 12 teams and how will it be decided. Is it the bottom 2 out, or is it the 2 worst bids out. I doubt if we'll find out till the season is nearly over!! bradfordbronco

7:37pm Mon 9 Dec 13

bradfordbronco says...

MeccaBingo1 wrote:
bullybullman wrote:
This is fact so before I get the usual " who`s your Source " please accept this is the truth.

The club are actively trying to off load several key players to other clubs the London situation has a big impact because at the moment London only have 8 listed players if they survive other clubs can off load to London & sign some of our players.

Any player paid over £20k has been asked to take a 10% pay cut & they have been given full permission to seek another club they have till the close of play today to accept the reduced wage offer. So later this week we can see who is staying & who is going but sadly they is little chance of us keeping Cavell & it is highly likely Kearney will be going also.

The situation is dire make no bones about this it is all about avoiding admistration. Sidlow is the type of player we will retain because he has no option elsewhere.

There is going to be a lot of very pee`d off supporters & the ones who have bought a season ticket have been duped!

One thing I would like to add is how much are we paying Robbie Paul ? and what exactly has he brought to the party so far.
Robbie Paul - Should go, don’t really understand him coming back.

Said weeks and weeks ago Carvell would not stay! and got slated for it!

Sad times to come in next few week but I anticipate same old people will see the brighter side of pitch black.
Robbie needs to stay He has so many contacts within the game and the media. He knows the game inside out. If he goes we really would be in trouble. With Robbie at the helm the club has respectability. We need leadership and someone to speak up for the club. I'd rather have Robbie than anyone else. If he'd been there to advise Hood we wouldn't be in this mess. None of this is his making. Robbie is a winner and the best asset we have
[quote][p][bold]MeccaBingo1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bullybullman[/bold] wrote: This is fact so before I get the usual " who`s your Source " please accept this is the truth. The club are actively trying to off load several key players to other clubs the London situation has a big impact because at the moment London only have 8 listed players if they survive other clubs can off load to London & sign some of our players. Any player paid over £20k has been asked to take a 10% pay cut & they have been given full permission to seek another club they have till the close of play today to accept the reduced wage offer. So later this week we can see who is staying & who is going but sadly they is little chance of us keeping Cavell & it is highly likely Kearney will be going also. The situation is dire make no bones about this it is all about avoiding admistration. Sidlow is the type of player we will retain because he has no option elsewhere. There is going to be a lot of very pee`d off supporters & the ones who have bought a season ticket have been duped! One thing I would like to add is how much are we paying Robbie Paul ? and what exactly has he brought to the party so far.[/p][/quote]Robbie Paul - Should go, don’t really understand him coming back. Said weeks and weeks ago Carvell would not stay! and got slated for it! Sad times to come in next few week but I anticipate same old people will see the brighter side of pitch black.[/p][/quote]Robbie needs to stay He has so many contacts within the game and the media. He knows the game inside out. If he goes we really would be in trouble. With Robbie at the helm the club has respectability. We need leadership and someone to speak up for the club. I'd rather have Robbie than anyone else. If he'd been there to advise Hood we wouldn't be in this mess. None of this is his making. Robbie is a winner and the best asset we have bradfordbronco

8:28pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Thee Voice of Reason says...

bradfordbronco wrote:
bullybullman wrote:
This is fact so before I get the usual " who`s your Source " please accept this is the truth.

The club are actively trying to off load several key players to other clubs the London situation has a big impact because at the moment London only have 8 listed players if they survive other clubs can off load to London & sign some of our players.

Any player paid over £20k has been asked to take a 10% pay cut & they have been given full permission to seek another club they have till the close of play today to accept the reduced wage offer. So later this week we can see who is staying & who is going but sadly they is little chance of us keeping Cavell & it is highly likely Kearney will be going also.

The situation is dire make no bones about this it is all about avoiding admistration. Sidlow is the type of player we will retain because he has no option elsewhere.

There is going to be a lot of very pee`d off supporters & the ones who have bought a season ticket have been duped!

One thing I would like to add is how much are we paying Robbie Paul ? and what exactly has he brought to the party so far.
Hi Bullyman. Who are the eight London players still on the books. Is Dixon still there or has he gone to Salford yet? Even most of the reserves have now signed for RU clubs. Its a strange situation. We have a squad but are short of cash. They dont have either at the moment. The fixtures have been publicised. The RFL need an even number of teams to fulfil the magic weekend fixtures. The lower league teams dont have enough quality players to step up into SL. Somethings got to give soon. Hope London find a buyer and take a four or five of our players, which will ensure our survival. The rest of their squad will have to come from lower league clubs. Will the RFL announce the structure of the League before the season starts. Ie are we reducing to 12 teams and how will it be decided. Is it the bottom 2 out, or is it the 2 worst bids out. I doubt if we'll find out till the season is nearly over!!
I'm guessing the worst 2 bids and the bottom 2 will be the same teams. The question will be will the Super League look at Halifax or Featherstone as a side to promote at the expense of a 3rd Super League side.
[quote][p][bold]bradfordbronco[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bullybullman[/bold] wrote: This is fact so before I get the usual " who`s your Source " please accept this is the truth. The club are actively trying to off load several key players to other clubs the London situation has a big impact because at the moment London only have 8 listed players if they survive other clubs can off load to London & sign some of our players. Any player paid over £20k has been asked to take a 10% pay cut & they have been given full permission to seek another club they have till the close of play today to accept the reduced wage offer. So later this week we can see who is staying & who is going but sadly they is little chance of us keeping Cavell & it is highly likely Kearney will be going also. The situation is dire make no bones about this it is all about avoiding admistration. Sidlow is the type of player we will retain because he has no option elsewhere. There is going to be a lot of very pee`d off supporters & the ones who have bought a season ticket have been duped! One thing I would like to add is how much are we paying Robbie Paul ? and what exactly has he brought to the party so far.[/p][/quote]Hi Bullyman. Who are the eight London players still on the books. Is Dixon still there or has he gone to Salford yet? Even most of the reserves have now signed for RU clubs. Its a strange situation. We have a squad but are short of cash. They dont have either at the moment. The fixtures have been publicised. The RFL need an even number of teams to fulfil the magic weekend fixtures. The lower league teams dont have enough quality players to step up into SL. Somethings got to give soon. Hope London find a buyer and take a four or five of our players, which will ensure our survival. The rest of their squad will have to come from lower league clubs. Will the RFL announce the structure of the League before the season starts. Ie are we reducing to 12 teams and how will it be decided. Is it the bottom 2 out, or is it the 2 worst bids out. I doubt if we'll find out till the season is nearly over!![/p][/quote]I'm guessing the worst 2 bids and the bottom 2 will be the same teams. The question will be will the Super League look at Halifax or Featherstone as a side to promote at the expense of a 3rd Super League side. Thee Voice of Reason

8:32pm Mon 9 Dec 13

bartsbull says...

Once again the fans are barring the brunt of sheer mismanagement
how can anyone who takes over a business and do not go through the accounts and books with a fine tooth comb

Reading the league and league express we are destined to loose some very good and key players they may have even already gone

We have to compete to survive this year we were told at the fans forum but how can the coach do his job without the tools the half backs are the mechanics and the forwards are the engine room

Loose the mechanics and the engine room fails yes cost have to be cut but please keep this to a minimum or not only will we not compete we will also loose more fans and more revenue

If Franny gets through this season and we stay in the super league then he should win the coacjh of the year i will back the club to the end like many others but someone needs to come clean

We need a big influx of money and a big backer who is prepared to take our once great club by the scruff of the neck and move it forward as much as the new owners have the passion they need money and that is not an easy task coyb
Once again the fans are barring the brunt of sheer mismanagement how can anyone who takes over a business and do not go through the accounts and books with a fine tooth comb Reading the league and league express we are destined to loose some very good and key players they may have even already gone We have to compete to survive this year we were told at the fans forum but how can the coach do his job without the tools the half backs are the mechanics and the forwards are the engine room Loose the mechanics and the engine room fails yes cost have to be cut but please keep this to a minimum or not only will we not compete we will also loose more fans and more revenue If Franny gets through this season and we stay in the super league then he should win the coacjh of the year i will back the club to the end like many others but someone needs to come clean We need a big influx of money and a big backer who is prepared to take our once great club by the scruff of the neck and move it forward as much as the new owners have the passion they need money and that is not an easy task coyb bartsbull

9:35pm Mon 9 Dec 13

fedupwiththeBS says...

If what I heard this evening even if we stay in SL this season we are going to get smashed in every game. The Clubs plan is to replace any player that leaves (and with the forced 10% pay cut that is going to be most of the senior players) with our Academy players!

We do not have the strength in that squad for them to step up.

Even the most rose tinted spec wearing fan can see that this is going to end in tears.
If what I heard this evening even if we stay in SL this season we are going to get smashed in every game. The Clubs plan is to replace any player that leaves (and with the forced 10% pay cut that is going to be most of the senior players) with our Academy players! We do not have the strength in that squad for them to step up. Even the most rose tinted spec wearing fan can see that this is going to end in tears. fedupwiththeBS

10:10pm Mon 9 Dec 13

AdeyG'man says...

We could afford to lose Gale and Diskin could retire...that's two big earners gone right there. Gaskell will be starting if we have any sense anyway and O'Brien is ready to take the starting role with Addy as a potential rotation Hooker too...plus Diskin has his own business anyway, it's not like he needs the money!
For the good of the squad, we'll SELL Gale to Hull FC and Diskin will retire...we'd still have a team to make 5th/6th place.
We could afford to lose Gale and Diskin could retire...that's two big earners gone right there. Gaskell will be starting if we have any sense anyway and O'Brien is ready to take the starting role with Addy as a potential rotation Hooker too...plus Diskin has his own business anyway, it's not like he needs the money! For the good of the squad, we'll SELL Gale to Hull FC and Diskin will retire...we'd still have a team to make 5th/6th place. AdeyG'man

10:30pm Mon 9 Dec 13

bradfordbronco says...

Not sure where the 10% pay cut rumour has come from. If this did happen then perhaps we'd get somewhere near enough making the savings we need without selling any players. No need to panic too much. We only need to lose 4 or 5 players max. We'll still have a team capable of finishing above Hull KR, Wakefield, London, Castleford, Widnes. It all depends on how lucky we are with injuries.

Its not yet been decided that the league will go down to 12 teams anyway. With several clubs against it, I cant see a decision being made to even agree to a cut, never mind how it will be made before February.

The one outstanding factor will be London Broncos. If they don't start the season then someone will have to take their place. They haven't sold any season tickets yet simply because their website won't let you. They have no ground and NO players. They could find a millionaire and buy several Bulls players along with several Featherstone, Halifax and Sheffield players. This would make the gap between SL and the part time league even greater and the Bulls position slightly stronger. If London don't start the season then would Featherstone want to step up with only a part time squad and be favourites to finish bottom?

The only thing I'm certain of is that we're not in administration. We will be playing super league in 2014 and providing we get support from the fans we'll be there in 2015 and beyond. However If the supporters don't turn up in enough numbers then well not be there in 2015. It doesn't matter who the board is we need at least 7500 each week.
Not sure where the 10% pay cut rumour has come from. If this did happen then perhaps we'd get somewhere near enough making the savings we need without selling any players. No need to panic too much. We only need to lose 4 or 5 players max. We'll still have a team capable of finishing above Hull KR, Wakefield, London, Castleford, Widnes. It all depends on how lucky we are with injuries. Its not yet been decided that the league will go down to 12 teams anyway. With several clubs against it, I cant see a decision being made to even agree to a cut, never mind how it will be made before February. The one outstanding factor will be London Broncos. If they don't start the season then someone will have to take their place. They haven't sold any season tickets yet simply because their website won't let you. They have no ground and NO players. They could find a millionaire and buy several Bulls players along with several Featherstone, Halifax and Sheffield players. This would make the gap between SL and the part time league even greater and the Bulls position slightly stronger. If London don't start the season then would Featherstone want to step up with only a part time squad and be favourites to finish bottom? The only thing I'm certain of is that we're not in administration. We will be playing super league in 2014 and providing we get support from the fans we'll be there in 2015 and beyond. However If the supporters don't turn up in enough numbers then well not be there in 2015. It doesn't matter who the board is we need at least 7500 each week. bradfordbronco

4:21pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

danger mouse wrote:
Spare a thought for the office and shop staff that have been made redundant today. Then only a couple of hours later they are advertising for volunteers on Facebook! Couldn't even wait until the next day
Which is an illegal request under employment law.

People are not made redundant, positions are, if those positions still exist they must be for the existing staff, they cannot be filled by volunteers or staff on lower wages.

I await the first tribunal outcome for this move. It will sadly finish the Bulls under this administration, or maybe not sadly, maybe that will be a good thing.
[quote][p][bold]danger mouse[/bold] wrote: Spare a thought for the office and shop staff that have been made redundant today. Then only a couple of hours later they are advertising for volunteers on Facebook! Couldn't even wait until the next day[/p][/quote]Which is an illegal request under employment law. People are not made redundant, positions are, if those positions still exist they must be for the existing staff, they cannot be filled by volunteers or staff on lower wages. I await the first tribunal outcome for this move. It will sadly finish the Bulls under this administration, or maybe not sadly, maybe that will be a good thing. Prisoner Cell Block A

5:50pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Lythambull says...

Anyone know why the comments for the story about league13 were taken down????
Anyone know why the comments for the story about league13 were taken down???? Lythambull

5:59pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Pablo says...

Lythambull wrote:
Anyone know why the comments for the story about league13 were taken down????
It keeps happening. I didn't read anything contentious.

When it's happened before, they magically reappear.
[quote][p][bold]Lythambull[/bold] wrote: Anyone know why the comments for the story about league13 were taken down????[/p][/quote]It keeps happening. I didn't read anything contentious. When it's happened before, they magically reappear. Pablo

6:04pm Tue 10 Dec 13

bullybullman says...

Pablo wrote:
Lythambull wrote:
Anyone know why the comments for the story about league13 were taken down????
It keeps happening. I didn't read anything contentious.

When it's happened before, they magically reappear.
Spot on Pablo as soon as the truth hits too close to the bone the posts are removed.
[quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lythambull[/bold] wrote: Anyone know why the comments for the story about league13 were taken down????[/p][/quote]It keeps happening. I didn't read anything contentious. When it's happened before, they magically reappear.[/p][/quote]Spot on Pablo as soon as the truth hits too close to the bone the posts are removed. bullybullman

6:05pm Tue 10 Dec 13

bullybullman says...

Spot on Pablo as soon as the truth hits too close to the bone the posts are removed.
Spot on Pablo as soon as the truth hits too close to the bone the posts are removed. bullybullman

6:11pm Tue 10 Dec 13

bullybullman says...

Expat that was a joke before you kick off ! I think its if someone reports a post they suspend the posts till its reviewed. Think Expat Paul got a bit upset.
Expat that was a joke before you kick off ! I think its if someone reports a post they suspend the posts till its reviewed. Think Expat Paul got a bit upset. bullybullman

7:00pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Lythambull says...

Fair play, cheers gents. Bloody T&A;)
Fair play, cheers gents. Bloody T&A;) Lythambull

7:11pm Tue 10 Dec 13

axlef1963 says...

I always try to look on the bright side of life,especially with the bulls.But ive got a gut feeling theres something more to come out of odsal regarding the financial mess we are in.Why don't the new board put there cards on the table and let us know exactly how bad it is.We all need to know what the hell is going on and how bad things really are .In the meantime all we can do as fans is support our club and hope. COYB
I always try to look on the bright side of life,especially with the bulls.But ive got a gut feeling theres something more to come out of odsal regarding the financial mess we are in.Why don't the new board put there cards on the table and let us know exactly how bad it is.We all need to know what the hell is going on and how bad things really are .In the meantime all we can do as fans is support our club and hope. COYB axlef1963

11:14am Wed 11 Dec 13

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Lythambull wrote:
Anyone know why the comments for the story about league13 were taken down????
I think it may have been something to do with my comments re redundant positions and the club wanting volunteers to take the roles of paid staff, only think though, not certain.
[quote][p][bold]Lythambull[/bold] wrote: Anyone know why the comments for the story about league13 were taken down????[/p][/quote]I think it may have been something to do with my comments re redundant positions and the club wanting volunteers to take the roles of paid staff, only think though, not certain. Prisoner Cell Block A

11:40am Wed 11 Dec 13

rogerthat! says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Lythambull wrote:
Anyone know why the comments for the story about league13 were taken down????
I think it may have been something to do with my comments re redundant positions and the club wanting volunteers to take the roles of paid staff, only think though, not certain.
WHY NO EXPLANATION FROM T&A. Is it OK to publish insults and lies about Players but PULL anything that the Club Officials object to?
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lythambull[/bold] wrote: Anyone know why the comments for the story about league13 were taken down????[/p][/quote]I think it may have been something to do with my comments re redundant positions and the club wanting volunteers to take the roles of paid staff, only think though, not certain.[/p][/quote]WHY NO EXPLANATION FROM T&A. Is it OK to publish insults and lies about Players but PULL anything that the Club Officials object to? rogerthat!

12:10pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

rogerthat! wrote:
Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Lythambull wrote:
Anyone know why the comments for the story about league13 were taken down????
I think it may have been something to do with my comments re redundant positions and the club wanting volunteers to take the roles of paid staff, only think though, not certain.
WHY NO EXPLANATION FROM T&A. Is it OK to publish insults and lies about Players but PULL anything that the Club Officials object to?
Usually, yes.....the T&A often just spout the club party line be it Bulls or City, never much investigation is done.

It may also be for legal reasons, the comments were on the players union story and this doesn't appear to be a settled issue yet.
[quote][p][bold]rogerthat![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lythambull[/bold] wrote: Anyone know why the comments for the story about league13 were taken down????[/p][/quote]I think it may have been something to do with my comments re redundant positions and the club wanting volunteers to take the roles of paid staff, only think though, not certain.[/p][/quote]WHY NO EXPLANATION FROM T&A. Is it OK to publish insults and lies about Players but PULL anything that the Club Officials object to?[/p][/quote]Usually, yes.....the T&A often just spout the club party line be it Bulls or City, never much investigation is done. It may also be for legal reasons, the comments were on the players union story and this doesn't appear to be a settled issue yet. Prisoner Cell Block A

12:01am Thu 12 Dec 13

axelf1963 says...

VIKING used to get all my posts and me banned but looks like he has banned himself now all in the name of shame.
Go on Sheff do one too
VIKING used to get all my posts and me banned but looks like he has banned himself now all in the name of shame. Go on Sheff do one too axelf1963

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