Bradford Bulls: Francis Cummins backs Luke Gale to come of age next season

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Francis Cummins says Luke Gale can handle the responsibility of his new role Francis Cummins says Luke Gale can handle the responsibility of his new role

Bulls coach Francis Cummins reckons Luke Gale can play a key role in writing the next chapter in the club’s history.

Cummins yesterday confirmed the 25-year-old England Knights scrum half as his vice-captain and backed him to thrive on the added responsibility.

Gale has suffered two cruel injury setbacks in each of his two seasons at the Bulls but is now fully fit and raring to go.

Cummins said: “Luke has to step up now and write the next chapter for Bradford Bulls. He is still seen as a younger player but he’s 25 now and, for our group, he’s not that young anymore.

“But in the position he plays, he will be on the field more often than not so he ticks that box as a leader and a vice-captain. He’s ready to take on more responsibility – he’s got to be in charge of the team.”

Cummins, who said new recruit Frank Winterstein would resume pre-season training on January 2 after returning home to get married, has so far managed to keep his squad intact.

He added: “There is interest in my players but I suspect the bigger teams are hoping to force players onto London Broncos and then try and have a crack at ours.

“London have got some options as well because they’re now back in the game but nothing is moving quickly.”

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7:50am Fri 20 Dec 13

bradfordbronco says...

I just hope we get decent money if a player leaves. I know we need the money, but either sell them at market value or loan them.Just make sure we Don't get taken advantage of. Cant see any of of players wanting to leave to take up a one year contract at a struggling London where the cost of renting is so much higher.

Can only really see Leeds coming in for Kearney or someone coming in for Sammut, Gaskell, Carvell or Manuokfoa. Can't see the other clubs offering enough money for anyone else to make it worth bothering.
I just hope we get decent money if a player leaves. I know we need the money, but either sell them at market value or loan them.Just make sure we Don't get taken advantage of. Cant see any of of players wanting to leave to take up a one year contract at a struggling London where the cost of renting is so much higher. Can only really see Leeds coming in for Kearney or someone coming in for Sammut, Gaskell, Carvell or Manuokfoa. Can't see the other clubs offering enough money for anyone else to make it worth bothering. bradfordbronco

12:06pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Thee Voice of Reason says...

bradfordbronco wrote:
I just hope we get decent money if a player leaves. I know we need the money, but either sell them at market value or loan them.Just make sure we Don't get taken advantage of. Cant see any of of players wanting to leave to take up a one year contract at a struggling London where the cost of renting is so much higher. Can only really see Leeds coming in for Kearney or someone coming in for Sammut, Gaskell, Carvell or Manuokfoa. Can't see the other clubs offering enough money for anyone else to make it worth bothering.
Khan still owns the shares, and therefore the club so there is nothing stopping him just walking off with the money if the club sell him now.

Things are really messed up at this time as no money will be injected until a transfer of shares takes place but a legal battle in the off season will no doubt delay that.
[quote][p][bold]bradfordbronco[/bold] wrote: I just hope we get decent money if a player leaves. I know we need the money, but either sell them at market value or loan them.Just make sure we Don't get taken advantage of. Cant see any of of players wanting to leave to take up a one year contract at a struggling London where the cost of renting is so much higher. Can only really see Leeds coming in for Kearney or someone coming in for Sammut, Gaskell, Carvell or Manuokfoa. Can't see the other clubs offering enough money for anyone else to make it worth bothering.[/p][/quote]Khan still owns the shares, and therefore the club so there is nothing stopping him just walking off with the money if the club sell him now. Things are really messed up at this time as no money will be injected until a transfer of shares takes place but a legal battle in the off season will no doubt delay that. Thee Voice of Reason

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