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Bradford Bulls: Tom Olbison looks to conjure up spirit of 2012
Tom Olbison believes the uncertainty surrounding the Bulls can help galvanise Francis Cummins’ squad the way it did in 2012.
During the most difficult campaign in the club’s recent history, the Bulls produced a rousing response to their off-field troubles.
They would have made the play-offs with something to spare had they not been docked six points for entering administration but Olbison believes a similar spirit can help the Bulls again.
He said: “Can we use this situation to our advantage? Yes, definitely.
“If you’re a bit frustrated then that’s your chance to do your bit for the club.
“We’ve got to go out there to perform and play our part to help the club out of this situation.
“At the end of the day, Franny’s told us a couple of times, there’s nothing that we can do about what goes on financially, it’s just about how we perform and that’s what we get paid to do.”
Now well over a year on from when the Bulls went into administration, Olbison says that previous experience has stood him in good stead.
The 22-year-old said: “With me being a bit older than the first time it happened, you do learn how to deal with it better.
“But it doesn’t change the fact that it’s there in the back of your mind. You’ve just got to try and block it out the best you can.
“Even in your downtime, you’re still thinking about what I can do to make myself better for next year and what we can do to stop a similar situation happening.
“It’s not something that you want to get used to, having all these difficulties around, but it’s part and parcel of life.
“Whether it’s rugby or any other job out there, nearly everyone’s struggling. It’s something that you can’t beat yourself up about and say ‘why is it always me?’ “It’s far from that because it’s the same for everyone. There are always difficulties in life and you’ve just got to get on with it.”
* Talks over the club’s proposed change of ownership are expected to resume early next week.
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