Garreth Carvell presence at Bradford Bulls a boost for Nick Scruton

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Garreth Carvell has established himself as one of the best front-rowers in Super League Garreth Carvell has established himself as one of the best front-rowers in Super League

Nick Scruton believes the arrival of fellow prop Garreth Carvell will help to bring the best out in him this year.

Scruton was the star man in the Bradford pack last year and won a clutch of prizes at the club’s end-of-season awards night.

Carvell has joined the Bulls after five star-studded seasons with the Wolves, where he won three Challenge Cups and established himself as one of the best front-rowers in Super League.

Scruton hopes to benefit from that experience, with Carvell taking more responsibility on the pitch.

“Does it take the pressure off me having Gaz around? Yes, it definitely does a little,” said Scruton, who could feature alongside Carvell in Sunday’s opening pre-season friendly at home to Hull FC.

“Towards the back-end of last season I was playing big minutes, which I didn’t mind because I enjoy the responsibility.

“But maybe taking that off me now will take that pressure to carry the team a bit to go forward off me so that I can relax a little bit and enjoy it. That way I can then play my best rugby.

“But I’m not just wanting to take a back seat to big Gaz Carvell; not in the slightest.

“I want me and him to play well together and I think that we’ll complement each other pretty well.”

Despite ending last year with a broken wrist, Scruton – who is entering his sixth year as a Bull – is fully fit to take part in Francis Cummins’ preparations for 2014.

He said: “Last year was the first full pre-season that I’ve had in quite a few years without all the injuries that I’ve been having. I now think I’m getting the benefits of that again.

“I haven’t had two pre-seasons in a row for years and years, so it’s standing me in good stead and I’m ready for another good season.

“I’m miles ahead to where I was at this stage of pre-season last year, so for me it’s going good.

“And all the new lads are settling in well and ripping in now in what’s been a hard pre-season for the club.”

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8:18am Tue 14 Jan 14

expatbull says...

OOPS another positive story BAD day for Trolldom.
Players looking forward to future can only be a plus BIG year for Scrutes and all.
OOPS another positive story BAD day for Trolldom. Players looking forward to future can only be a plus BIG year for Scrutes and all. expatbull

8:33am Tue 14 Jan 14

oddshapedballs says...

expatbull wrote:
OOPS another positive story BAD day for Trolldom.
Players looking forward to future can only be a plus BIG year for Scrutes and all.
Do you enjoy stirring the hornets nest? To be honest it is people like you that start the whole process on many occasions. They know it winds you up so they carry on all the more.
[quote][p][bold]expatbull[/bold] wrote: OOPS another positive story BAD day for Trolldom. Players looking forward to future can only be a plus BIG year for Scrutes and all.[/p][/quote]Do you enjoy stirring the hornets nest? To be honest it is people like you that start the whole process on many occasions. They know it winds you up so they carry on all the more. oddshapedballs

1:23pm Tue 14 Jan 14

bully4us says...

If he knew that Carvell was leaving I doubt he would have given this interview on the subject as that would then look silly. I presume that Scrutes fully expects Carvell to be with him this season. I suspect the players are possibly more aware of the situation now than us supporters as the talk of players leaving seems to have dried up especially when both London targets turned them down and said they wanted to stay at the Bulls. I do hope the club have got the finances sorted and they have quietly told the players they can all stay. That would be lovely as I think we have a decent squad this year.
If he knew that Carvell was leaving I doubt he would have given this interview on the subject as that would then look silly. I presume that Scrutes fully expects Carvell to be with him this season. I suspect the players are possibly more aware of the situation now than us supporters as the talk of players leaving seems to have dried up especially when both London targets turned them down and said they wanted to stay at the Bulls. I do hope the club have got the finances sorted and they have quietly told the players they can all stay. That would be lovely as I think we have a decent squad this year. bully4us

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