Fit-again Oliver Roberts not fazed by Bradford Bulls cash crisis

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Oliver Roberts has had a successful hernia operation Oliver Roberts has had a successful hernia operation

Rising Bulls star Oliver Roberts is raring to go after undergoing a successful hernia operation.

The strapping teenager had the surgery in St Helens last week but is already back in full training.

After making his Super League debut during the 2013 campaign, he has set his sights on establishing himself further in Francis Cummins’ plans.

Roberts, who turns 19 on Christmas Eve, said: “I had my hernia operation last week and it went perfectly – I was in and out in the same day.

“My mum took me over, I returned home the same afternoon and am back running straight away.”

Roberts is set to become a father for the first time, with his girlfriend Lauren due to give birth next month.

The England Academy star says he is not fazed in the slightest by the Bulls’ financial problems.

“What’s going on behind the scenes at the club doesn’t concern us as players,” said Roberts.

“We’re there to do one thing and that’s to play rugby, which we just have to do to the best of our ability.

“It preys on the back of your mind but we just need to get over it really.

“I was in the Academy the last time it happened and there was uncertainty about whether we would get paid.

“But the lads stuck together and said we just wanted to play well.

“In the Academy that season we had a good year, so hopefully the first team will just push on and get through it.

“You need a back-up plan in case you don’t get paid, but hopefully we should all be and everything will work itself out.

“Certainly the lads are on top form and are killing it in training every day.

“Everything is going brilliantly and yes, there is this hurdle, but the lads are just carrying on with things as normal.”

Head coach Cummins has insisted that none of his talented young players would be allowed to depart.

Roberts added: “It’s good what Franny said about none of the young lads leaving.

“It shows the club is willing to back their younger players and give us an opportunity to play.

“The more games we play as young lads then the better it is for us.”

 

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11:34am Fri 13 Dec 13

Prycey says...

If anyone has to go it must be the older – high earners. When we get back on an even keel we will need the young lads to come through and be the next generation of stars as we won’t have the money to spend big possibly for many years, even decades. It was good to hear that Franny has said that as they are the future – hopefully!
If anyone has to go it must be the older – high earners. When we get back on an even keel we will need the young lads to come through and be the next generation of stars as we won’t have the money to spend big possibly for many years, even decades. It was good to hear that Franny has said that as they are the future – hopefully! Prycey

12:27pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Rambo says...

"What’s going on behind the scenes at the club doesn’t concern us as players,” said Roberts."

When other staff without watertight contracts are being apparently laid off today (according to twitter), sportsmen with them should probably engage their brains before speaking on the matter and be thankful they're not 'normal'.
"What’s going on behind the scenes at the club doesn’t concern us as players,” said Roberts." When other staff without watertight contracts are being apparently laid off today (according to twitter), sportsmen with them should probably engage their brains before speaking on the matter and be thankful they're not 'normal'. Rambo

12:55pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Lythambull says...

Rambo wrote:
"What’s going on behind the scenes at the club doesn’t concern us as players,” said Roberts." When other staff without watertight contracts are being apparently laid off today (according to twitter), sportsmen with them should probably engage their brains before speaking on the matter and be thankful they're not 'normal'.
I take your point but to be fair the lad is 18! Not sure any of us realty knew our bums from a hole in the ground at that age! He's enthusiastic and keen to develop. Someone at the club approved this interview and it's publication. That person perhaps needs to think about the appropriateness of the interview given what's going on.
I think if I was in his shoes I'd be buzzing at the prospect of playing for the bulls too.
[quote][p][bold]Rambo[/bold] wrote: "What’s going on behind the scenes at the club doesn’t concern us as players,” said Roberts." When other staff without watertight contracts are being apparently laid off today (according to twitter), sportsmen with them should probably engage their brains before speaking on the matter and be thankful they're not 'normal'.[/p][/quote]I take your point but to be fair the lad is 18! Not sure any of us realty knew our bums from a hole in the ground at that age! He's enthusiastic and keen to develop. Someone at the club approved this interview and it's publication. That person perhaps needs to think about the appropriateness of the interview given what's going on. I think if I was in his shoes I'd be buzzing at the prospect of playing for the bulls too. Lythambull

2:45pm Fri 13 Dec 13

jaj1066 says...

Maybe its because I'm young as well but i don't think here he means they are safe from leaving (even though it is more important the players stay). He just means their job is to work hard and play rugby and that's what they are doing......thats what i got from his comment anyway
Maybe its because I'm young as well but i don't think here he means they are safe from leaving (even though it is more important the players stay). He just means their job is to work hard and play rugby and that's what they are doing......thats what i got from his comment anyway jaj1066

3:18pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Scrouge says...

jaj1066 wrote:
Maybe its because I'm young as well but i don't think here he means they are safe from leaving (even though it is more important the players stay). He just means their job is to work hard and play rugby and that's what they are doing......thats what i got from his comment anyway
He is only a Kid, making his way. At this moment in time it's not appropriate to interview young players when employees are being made redundant.
Let us know what is going on at Board level! Why the silence ,.What is the PR department doing. is there any hope of getting out of this Mess?
[quote][p][bold]jaj1066[/bold] wrote: Maybe its because I'm young as well but i don't think here he means they are safe from leaving (even though it is more important the players stay). He just means their job is to work hard and play rugby and that's what they are doing......thats what i got from his comment anyway[/p][/quote]He is only a Kid, making his way. At this moment in time it's not appropriate to interview young players when employees are being made redundant. Let us know what is going on at Board level! Why the silence ,.What is the PR department doing. is there any hope of getting out of this Mess? Scrouge

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