Bradford Bulls crowd favourite Jarrod Sammut opens up about transfer talks

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: "This has happened to me for the past four years now, so I can’t really afford not to have other options," said Jarrod Sammut "This has happened to me for the past four years now, so I can’t really afford not to have other options," said Jarrod Sammut

Jarrod Sammut admits he has spoken to rival Super League clubs but insists his favoured option would be to stay at the Bulls.

The Aussie stand-off – a popular figure with supporters – has attracted interest from a number of teams, including London Broncos, as the Bulls look to make savings of up to £400,000.

Sammut accepts he cannot afford not to explore other avenues but ideally would like to see out the last year of his contract at Odsal.

The 26-year-old, who joined the Bulls from Crusaders ahead of the 2012 campaign, is happily settled in West Yorkshire and is hoping the Bulls’ ownership saga can be resolved to safeguard the club’s future.

Sammut and Elliot Kear were part of Crusaders’ demise following their slide into administration in November 2010 and suffered a similar fate when the Bulls entered administration in June 2012.

Sammut said yesterday: “This has happened to me for the past four years now, so I can’t really afford not to have other options.

“I’ve spoken to other clubs with Bradford’s permission but I like it at the Bulls and I’m settled here, so my preferred option would be to stay put.

“As a rugby league player, our job is our source of income and we rely on it to provide support for our families.

“When that falls into jeopardy, you need to look at other options which are going to be more suitable.

“It causes everyday stress which you take home into your family life and subsequently causes even more stress.

“But hopefully there will be no need for any other options. Hopefully the Bulls can get themselves sorted and the club can move forward.

“As players we’ll keep working away and doing what we can to prepare for the new season.”

Sammut said an opportunity to return Down Under with an NRL club had presented itself but that it was “very short-lived” and was not now an option.

Luke Gale – recently appointed vice-captain by coach Francis Cummins ahead of the 2014 campaign – is also attracting interest from two Aviva Premiership clubs, one of which is Newcastle Falcons.

So far, however, coach Francis Cummins’ squad remains intact.

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8:40am Tue 31 Dec 13

bullsone03 says...

It would be a shame to see these players leave but needs must it is has simple as that but I for one would like them to stay
It would be a shame to see these players leave but needs must it is has simple as that but I for one would like them to stay bullsone03

9:20am Tue 31 Dec 13

NG1972 says...

This just shows how much Jarrod wants to stay at our club. We want Jarrod to stay at the club he is one of our best players and we cant let him go.
Thanks Jarrod for being honest it must be stressful for all of you but please stick with us fans to get through theses difficult times.
Come on Bulls sort the mess out off the field and let Franny and his squad concentrate on the field he has made some good signings and I believe he is building a competitive squad it will be a massive blow if this squad has to be torn apart because of bad management. Remember to get bums on seats we need to keep our best players not let them go this will not earn revenue through the turnstiles. Roll on February 16th
This just shows how much Jarrod wants to stay at our club. We want Jarrod to stay at the club he is one of our best players and we cant let him go. Thanks Jarrod for being honest it must be stressful for all of you but please stick with us fans to get through theses difficult times. Come on Bulls sort the mess out off the field and let Franny and his squad concentrate on the field he has made some good signings and I believe he is building a competitive squad it will be a massive blow if this squad has to be torn apart because of bad management. Remember to get bums on seats we need to keep our best players not let them go this will not earn revenue through the turnstiles. Roll on February 16th NG1972

10:36am Tue 31 Dec 13

bullybullman says...

Sadly this is where we are at & many of our quality players will end up in the same situation. If we survive the good name of the Bulls has been damaged for many years & player will not trust the club.
Sadly this is where we are at & many of our quality players will end up in the same situation. If we survive the good name of the Bulls has been damaged for many years & player will not trust the club. bullybullman

10:54am Tue 31 Dec 13

modman61 says...

Unfortunately with the current situation surrounding the future of this club you can't blame players for keeping there options open.
Unfortunately with the current situation surrounding the future of this club you can't blame players for keeping there options open. modman61

11:39am Tue 31 Dec 13

Shipley Paul says...

bullybullman wrote:
Sadly this is where we are at & many of our quality players will end up in the same situation. If we survive the good name of the Bulls has been damaged for many years & player will not trust the club.
Everything in sport is short lived, todays headlines are tomorrows chip wrappings. To suggest the effects of this will affect us for many years I reckon is well wide of the mark. If the new board can reconcile their differences with Omar, and the club is put on a sound financial footing then this time next year the outlook will be different. We've been down this path before and come back to be successful. We are not the only club in this position though, even if we have attracted all the attention, and it remains to be seen who's next in the spotlight.
[quote][p][bold]bullybullman[/bold] wrote: Sadly this is where we are at & many of our quality players will end up in the same situation. If we survive the good name of the Bulls has been damaged for many years & player will not trust the club.[/p][/quote]Everything in sport is short lived, todays headlines are tomorrows chip wrappings. To suggest the effects of this will affect us for many years I reckon is well wide of the mark. If the new board can reconcile their differences with Omar, and the club is put on a sound financial footing then this time next year the outlook will be different. We've been down this path before and come back to be successful. We are not the only club in this position though, even if we have attracted all the attention, and it remains to be seen who's next in the spotlight. Shipley Paul

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