Wolves cubs will beef up Bradford Bulls squad

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Bulls coach Francis Cummins with, from left, new recruits James Saltonstall, Joe Philbin and Tom Walker Bulls coach Francis Cummins with, from left, new recruits James Saltonstall, Joe Philbin and Tom Walker

Francis Cummins believes James Saltonstall, Joe Philbin and Tom Walker will give the Bulls' squad much-needed depth – and possibly open the door for an extended stay at Odsal.

The trio of highly-regarded Warrington youngsters will spend the next month training with Cummins’ squad and are in line to play in the pre-season friendlies against Hull FC, Dewsbury and Castleford.

Utility back Saltonstall, a 20-year-old from Halifax, was part of Italy’s World Cup squad and played in the side which claimed an historic win over England in October.

Second-rower Philbin, 19, hails from the Warrington area, and Cumbrian prop Walker, also 19, will bolster the Bulls’ numbers up front, much to Cummins’ delight.

The Bulls head coach said the four-week loan deals stemmed from his close working relationship with Warrington boss Tony Smith, which brought Matty Blythe and Ben Evans to Odsal last season.

Cummins said: “I was speaking to Tony about these lads who were training full-time but haven’t made Warrington’s pre-season trip to Australia.

“There was an opportunity for them to come and join us for a month, train full-time, play in our friendlies and then who knows?

“They’ll probably go back to Warrington but we’ll see where we are and there could be scope for a longer stay perhaps.

“They certainly all have a good pedigree. James is 20 now, so he’s out of under-19s contention and is looking for an opportunity.

“Warrington are one of those clubs, like Leeds and Wigan, who are probably stacked up with youngsters.

“Sometimes the pathway is tough for them to get an opportunity, so they have to do it another way. They have to go somewhere else to come back or not and I think James is in that category.

“Tom and Joe are a year younger, so they can play under-19s. They are still developing and it will only benefit them from being in a full-time environment for a month.”

All three players came off the bench in Wolves’ 36-32 friendly defeat of Widnes Vikings on December 29.

Cummins admitted taking players on loan could be an ideal way for the Bulls to go in the light of their financial problems.

The Bulls coach said: “Bradford aren’t where they were in 2004, 2005 or 2006. We have to do it a different way and I think this is going to be the pattern for us unless we get a millionaire owner.

“This fits me as a coach; to go and get promising young lads who have the desire and just need an opportunity to improve themselves and their new club.

“That ties into everything we have here about players investing in their careers.

“If these lads have that sort of desire then they will fit into this group because the environment has been tremendous.”

So far, only Frank Winterstein has left the Bulls, and Cummins is hopeful there will be no further departures.

Indeed, he is aiming to add more numbers to his small squad.

Cummins said: “The situation couldn’t be any worse and if the players still don’t want to go – after getting paid late and everything that has happened – then it shows you we’re on to something.

“Yes, we’re going to need more numbers because a squad of 25 players is not enough for the season. It’s a 27-round competition, there is the Challenge Cup and the Easter period is notoriously tough.

“Regardless of what happens with the club, I want to keep this squad together and we’re still going to need more numbers. That’s the nature of rugby league.

“Physically the lads are in great shape and we have worked on the possibility of reducing injuries. But the nature of the game is contact and you can’t prevent broken arms and thumbs.”

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10:04am Wed 8 Jan 14

flashdonut says...

FC always makes the right noises. Hope he stays for the long term.
FC always makes the right noises. Hope he stays for the long term. flashdonut
  • Score: 8

10:15am Wed 8 Jan 14

BigPuff says...

Dont waste your time lads, we dont look after our best players! (Ex)

http://www.dailystar
.co.uk/rugby-league/
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So sad to read article. Good luck John

Just stay out of pub!
Dont waste your time lads, we dont look after our best players! (Ex) http://www.dailystar .co.uk/rugby-league/ 359400/EXCLUSIVE-Joh n-Bateman-s-battered -body-is-fixed-after -his-transfer-to-Wig an-Warriors So sad to read article. Good luck John Just stay out of pub! BigPuff
  • Score: -17

10:36am Wed 8 Jan 14

PHILISAN says...

I would say he's a hero and deserves a medal.Always refreshing and positive when he communicates.Sometim
es you lose faith in human nature,particularly at the unwillingness of those who could certainly help the cause, but so readily take their wealth away from the city..surely,he has earned the backing of those same individuals, whom you would expect to recognise his honest ongoing commitment in a hapless struggle against the odds,y offering their short term assistance.I don't know where the solution lies,but if we have to have a supermarket or such development to enable a cash injection,then someone do it.In the meantime,thank God for people of the stature of FC and the players who respond to his leadership.
I would say he's a hero and deserves a medal.Always refreshing and positive when he communicates.Sometim es you lose faith in human nature,particularly at the unwillingness of those who could certainly help the cause, but so readily take their wealth away from the city..surely,he has earned the backing of those same individuals, whom you would expect to recognise his honest ongoing commitment in a hapless struggle against the odds,y offering their short term assistance.I don't know where the solution lies,but if we have to have a supermarket or such development to enable a cash injection,then someone do it.In the meantime,thank God for people of the stature of FC and the players who respond to his leadership. PHILISAN
  • Score: 8

10:40am Wed 8 Jan 14

flashdonut says...

BigPuff wrote:
Dont waste your time lads, we dont look after our best players! (Ex)

http://www.dailystar

.co.uk/rugby-league/

359400/EXCLUSIVE-Joh

n-Bateman-s-battered

-body-is-fixed-after

-his-transfer-to-Wig

an-Warriors

So sad to read article. Good luck John

Just stay out of pub!
Wigan and JB are silly. All this re-building him stuff can go only one way - egg on their face. Nobody will notice if he plays all season, but as soon as he is injuredagain this story will look silly.
[quote][p][bold]BigPuff[/bold] wrote: Dont waste your time lads, we dont look after our best players! (Ex) http://www.dailystar .co.uk/rugby-league/ 359400/EXCLUSIVE-Joh n-Bateman-s-battered -body-is-fixed-after -his-transfer-to-Wig an-Warriors So sad to read article. Good luck John Just stay out of pub![/p][/quote]Wigan and JB are silly. All this re-building him stuff can go only one way - egg on their face. Nobody will notice if he plays all season, but as soon as he is injuredagain this story will look silly. flashdonut
  • Score: 8

10:48am Wed 8 Jan 14

BigPuff says...

flashdonut wrote:
BigPuff wrote:
Dont waste your time lads, we dont look after our best players! (Ex)

http://www.dailystar


.co.uk/rugby-league/


359400/EXCLUSIVE-Joh


n-Bateman-s-battered


-body-is-fixed-after


-his-transfer-to-Wig


an-Warriors

So sad to read article. Good luck John

Just stay out of pub!
Wigan and JB are silly. All this re-building him stuff can go only one way - egg on their face. Nobody will notice if he plays all season, but as soon as he is injuredagain this story will look silly.
Not future injury that bothers me, just how we treat current players.

Money talks and sadly we belong in championship.
[quote][p][bold]flashdonut[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BigPuff[/bold] wrote: Dont waste your time lads, we dont look after our best players! (Ex) http://www.dailystar .co.uk/rugby-league/ 359400/EXCLUSIVE-Joh n-Bateman-s-battered -body-is-fixed-after -his-transfer-to-Wig an-Warriors So sad to read article. Good luck John Just stay out of pub![/p][/quote]Wigan and JB are silly. All this re-building him stuff can go only one way - egg on their face. Nobody will notice if he plays all season, but as soon as he is injuredagain this story will look silly.[/p][/quote]Not future injury that bothers me, just how we treat current players. Money talks and sadly we belong in championship. BigPuff
  • Score: -12

1:26pm Wed 8 Jan 14

StevieLad says...

flashdonut wrote:
FC always makes the right noises. Hope he stays for the long term.
He does acquit himself well doesn't he. Better than any of the owners in recent memory, more's the pity
[quote][p][bold]flashdonut[/bold] wrote: FC always makes the right noises. Hope he stays for the long term.[/p][/quote]He does acquit himself well doesn't he. Better than any of the owners in recent memory, more's the pity StevieLad
  • Score: 2

1:42pm Wed 8 Jan 14

RABTID says...

Reason for loaners, They are mainly to help us through the pre season. We have a few players injured and ferguson is suspended, got this from Odsal.
Reason for loaners, They are mainly to help us through the pre season. We have a few players injured and ferguson is suspended, got this from Odsal. RABTID
  • Score: -1

3:02pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Scrouge says...

RABTID wrote:
Reason for loaners, They are mainly to help us through the pre season. We have a few players injured and ferguson is suspended, got this from Odsal.
Who would believe what you put on here after yesterday?? Still waiting for an apology. But know it alls never admit they are WRONG do they Rabtid ( Viking)
[quote][p][bold]RABTID[/bold] wrote: Reason for loaners, They are mainly to help us through the pre season. We have a few players injured and ferguson is suspended, got this from Odsal.[/p][/quote]Who would believe what you put on here after yesterday?? Still waiting for an apology. But know it alls never admit they are WRONG do they Rabtid ( Viking) Scrouge
  • Score: -1

6:36pm Wed 8 Jan 14

AUGUST1964 says...

Scrouge wrote:
RABTID wrote: Reason for loaners, They are mainly to help us through the pre season. We have a few players injured and ferguson is suspended, got this from Odsal.
Who would believe what you put on here after yesterday?? Still waiting for an apology. But know it alls never admit they are WRONG do they Rabtid ( Viking)
RABTID,the only loaners(loners) on here are the keyboard clowns who are rejoicing in the present difficulties at Odsal.
COYB
[quote][p][bold]Scrouge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RABTID[/bold] wrote: Reason for loaners, They are mainly to help us through the pre season. We have a few players injured and ferguson is suspended, got this from Odsal.[/p][/quote]Who would believe what you put on here after yesterday?? Still waiting for an apology. But know it alls never admit they are WRONG do they Rabtid ( Viking)[/p][/quote]RABTID,the only loaners(loners) on here are the keyboard clowns who are rejoicing in the present difficulties at Odsal. COYB AUGUST1964
  • Score: 1

11:29pm Wed 8 Jan 14

bradfordbronco says...

RABTID wrote:
Reason for loaners, They are mainly to help us through the pre season. We have a few players injured and ferguson is suspended, got this from Odsal.
still doesn't make sense though. Surely we have our own juniors who would welcome the chance to show what they can do. Hope we're not paying money for these guys. We must be having a look at them with a view to possible signings to replace players that are leaving.

The only signings for anyone at the moment are loan players. The only club short of players is London Broncos and they can't commit to more than 1 year deals until the RFL sort out the structure for next season. The meeting of all clubs on 14th and 24th january will be crucial. If they vote to stay with 14 clubs then London can suddenly offer 2 or 3 year deals to any of the Bulls players and we could see a mass exodus. If they vote to drop down to 12 teams next year then London will just play out the season with loan players and rebuild for the future in the championship.
[quote][p][bold]RABTID[/bold] wrote: Reason for loaners, They are mainly to help us through the pre season. We have a few players injured and ferguson is suspended, got this from Odsal.[/p][/quote]still doesn't make sense though. Surely we have our own juniors who would welcome the chance to show what they can do. Hope we're not paying money for these guys. We must be having a look at them with a view to possible signings to replace players that are leaving. The only signings for anyone at the moment are loan players. The only club short of players is London Broncos and they can't commit to more than 1 year deals until the RFL sort out the structure for next season. The meeting of all clubs on 14th and 24th january will be crucial. If they vote to stay with 14 clubs then London can suddenly offer 2 or 3 year deals to any of the Bulls players and we could see a mass exodus. If they vote to drop down to 12 teams next year then London will just play out the season with loan players and rebuild for the future in the championship. bradfordbronco
  • Score: 2

2:21am Thu 9 Jan 14

Ahrmen Aleg says...

bradfordbronco wrote:
RABTID wrote:
Reason for loaners, They are mainly to help us through the pre season. We have a few players injured and ferguson is suspended, got this from Odsal.
still doesn't make sense though. Surely we have our own juniors who would welcome the chance to show what they can do. Hope we're not paying money for these guys. We must be having a look at them with a view to possible signings to replace players that are leaving.

The only signings for anyone at the moment are loan players. The only club short of players is London Broncos and they can't commit to more than 1 year deals until the RFL sort out the structure for next season. The meeting of all clubs on 14th and 24th january will be crucial. If they vote to stay with 14 clubs then London can suddenly offer 2 or 3 year deals to any of the Bulls players and we could see a mass exodus. If they vote to drop down to 12 teams next year then London will just play out the season with loan players and rebuild for the future in the championship.
Why would London not take Bulls players on 1 year deals?
They WILL still get full sky money (I think they have not entered admin have they).

Surely they wll not aim for next to bottom.
Remember 8 of their team that thrashed us were young home grown.

The Bulls had a few young ens too.
But they all turned "TRAITOR" for trying to secure a living.
[quote][p][bold]bradfordbronco[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RABTID[/bold] wrote: Reason for loaners, They are mainly to help us through the pre season. We have a few players injured and ferguson is suspended, got this from Odsal.[/p][/quote]still doesn't make sense though. Surely we have our own juniors who would welcome the chance to show what they can do. Hope we're not paying money for these guys. We must be having a look at them with a view to possible signings to replace players that are leaving. The only signings for anyone at the moment are loan players. The only club short of players is London Broncos and they can't commit to more than 1 year deals until the RFL sort out the structure for next season. The meeting of all clubs on 14th and 24th january will be crucial. If they vote to stay with 14 clubs then London can suddenly offer 2 or 3 year deals to any of the Bulls players and we could see a mass exodus. If they vote to drop down to 12 teams next year then London will just play out the season with loan players and rebuild for the future in the championship.[/p][/quote]Why would London not take Bulls players on 1 year deals? They WILL still get full sky money (I think they have not entered admin have they). Surely they wll not aim for next to bottom. Remember 8 of their team that thrashed us were young home grown. The Bulls had a few young ens too. But they all turned "TRAITOR" for trying to secure a living. Ahrmen Aleg
  • Score: 2

7:28am Thu 9 Jan 14

bradfordbronco says...

Just cant see any Bulls players opting for a 1 year deal with a club likely to finish to bottom. They will only leave if they can get a better deal than they are on the moment. If Sammut left it wouldn't help his course if in a years time london had been relegated and he is looking for a new club having played in losing side each week and had his poor defence found out. For our players to join London they will need a big 1 year deal which they wont get or a 2 year deal which London cant guarantee till the RFL sort the structures out. Also the London chairman David Hughes is paying for eam this year with the Barnet Chairman responsible for marketing and tickets. Next year Hughes wants to stpe aside and let Kleanthous take full control.

According to sean Long they are set to announce their new signings soon. They have 10 players at the moment. Long expects only half of them to play this season, so they must have agreed deals with more than 15 players already. Lets hope not too many are from Bulls
Just cant see any Bulls players opting for a 1 year deal with a club likely to finish to bottom. They will only leave if they can get a better deal than they are on the moment. If Sammut left it wouldn't help his course if in a years time london had been relegated and he is looking for a new club having played in losing side each week and had his poor defence found out. For our players to join London they will need a big 1 year deal which they wont get or a 2 year deal which London cant guarantee till the RFL sort the structures out. Also the London chairman David Hughes is paying for eam this year with the Barnet Chairman responsible for marketing and tickets. Next year Hughes wants to stpe aside and let Kleanthous take full control. According to sean Long they are set to announce their new signings soon. They have 10 players at the moment. Long expects only half of them to play this season, so they must have agreed deals with more than 15 players already. Lets hope not too many are from Bulls bradfordbronco
  • Score: 0

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