Walk out on Bradford Bulls? Not a chance, says Jamie Foster

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Jamie Foster says he would never willingly quit the club he loves for a Super League rival Jamie Foster says he would never willingly quit the club he loves for a Super League rival

Jamie Foster insists he has no intentions of leaving the Bulls – and has never even contemplated the prospect.

The winger has attracted interest from London Broncos as they begin filling their squad, and Hull KR have also been linked with the 23-year-old.

The Bulls’ bid to make savings of up to £400,000 remains ongoing but, apart from Frank Winterstein, none of Francis Cummins’ squad have departed and many have stated their desire to stay.

Former St Helens man Foster has joined that growing band by declaring: “I don’t want to leave Bradford – it’s as simple as that.

“I’m so grateful for what Francis Cummins has done for me here. I can’t sing his praises enough and I really love it at Bradford.

“When you feel that way, you don’t want to show any interest in playing elsewhere. I’ve had a couple of conversations with my agent but only basically telling him what I’ve been told about what’s happening behind the scenes.

“I’ve also sat down my grandad and he tells me how it is.

“But as for leaving? I’ve not even thought about it.

“I’m just concentrating on getting the best out of my coaching at Bradford and no other Super League team, without a doubt.”

Foster’s debut campaign at the Provident Stadium was interrupted by injury last season as he ruptured a pectoral muscle during the Challenge Cup victory at Rochdale in April.

By his own admission, he returned to action prematurely during the nightmare Magic Weekend defeat to Huddersfield the following month.

But Foster has revealed he is now in tip-top condition as he prepares to face Hull FC in Sunday’s opening pre-season friendly.

He said: “We were low on numbers last year and I had to play.

“Looking back, I probably shouldn’t have but I did and I can’t turn back the clock.

“It was just a matter of getting it fully right during the off-season and it feels right now when I’m lifting weights and wrestling. It shouldn’t be hampering my performance at all this year.

“Despite having a pretty rough year with injuries last season, I didn’t do too badly, so hopefully I can go one better, stay injury-free and put in some good performances on that left-hand side.”

Foster is looking forward to coming across a few familiar faces on Sunday when the Bulls take on a Hull side now coached by former Bulls star Lee Radford.

Foster enjoyed a successful loan spell at the KC Stadium during the second half of the 2012 campaign.

He played nine consecutive games, scoring five tries and kicking 45 goals, amassing an impressive tally of 110 points to help Hull reach the play-offs.

Foster remembered: “Going to Hull was a good move for me – they’re a massive club and they will bring a decent following with them on Sunday.

“They always turn out in numbers and it surprised me when I went there how big the club was.

“It will be good to catch up with a few people but, to be quite honest, I’ve got bigger fish to fry now at Bradford.

“As much as I’ll enjoy speaking to them after the game, even though it’s a friendly, this season we’re here to win.

“The talking is over and we’ve got to start performing. We’re all looking forward to doing that.”

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7:57am Wed 15 Jan 14

bradfordbronco says...

Hopefully we can hang on to all the players now. It looks like whichever way the clubs vote for next season 2 clubs will be leaving SL. They are either keeping 14 teams with 2 promoted and 2 relegated, or reducing down to 12 teams. London look like they will finish bottom so we need to finish above at least one other club. If we can keep the current squad together we'll be ok.

London are set to make an announcement today and one on Saturday morning. Hopefully after the weekend we should know if any Bulls players are going there. At the moment they seem to be looking short term. Just got a bunch of youngsters, a winger from Hull KR and three Leeds juniors on loan. Unless they make some major signings any Bulls players joining them will be in for a long slog of a season.

Anyone got any predictions on next season. I think top 5 will be Hudds, Warrington, Wigan Saints and Leeds, With all the others battling out for spots 6 - 13. Think it finish 6. Catalan, 7.Salford, 8.Bulls, 9.Hull, 10.Hull KR, 11 Widnes 12. Castleford 13. Wakefield 14.London
Hopefully we can hang on to all the players now. It looks like whichever way the clubs vote for next season 2 clubs will be leaving SL. They are either keeping 14 teams with 2 promoted and 2 relegated, or reducing down to 12 teams. London look like they will finish bottom so we need to finish above at least one other club. If we can keep the current squad together we'll be ok. London are set to make an announcement today and one on Saturday morning. Hopefully after the weekend we should know if any Bulls players are going there. At the moment they seem to be looking short term. Just got a bunch of youngsters, a winger from Hull KR and three Leeds juniors on loan. Unless they make some major signings any Bulls players joining them will be in for a long slog of a season. Anyone got any predictions on next season. I think top 5 will be Hudds, Warrington, Wigan Saints and Leeds, With all the others battling out for spots 6 - 13. Think it finish 6. Catalan, 7.Salford, 8.Bulls, 9.Hull, 10.Hull KR, 11 Widnes 12. Castleford 13. Wakefield 14.London bradfordbronco

12:27pm Wed 15 Jan 14

bartsbull says...

If we can keep the players then i believe we have a great chance of being in he top six

We must try and hold onto these guys i know it is going to be a hard season with money restraints but the guys want to play for the club they dont want to go to any other club so COYB
If we can keep the players then i believe we have a great chance of being in he top six We must try and hold onto these guys i know it is going to be a hard season with money restraints but the guys want to play for the club they dont want to go to any other club so COYB bartsbull

12:50pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Bacon Bantam says...

8th, Top 6. You boys are living in a dream world. Getting through the season without folding and finishing outside the bottom 2 is the main aim this year.
8th, Top 6. You boys are living in a dream world. Getting through the season without folding and finishing outside the bottom 2 is the main aim this year. Bacon Bantam

1:30pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Kellington Bull says...

Unfortunately I have to agree with Bacon Bantam, getting through the coming season is TOP PRIORITY and staying clear of relegation is a must. Should we manage the playoffs that will obviously be a bonus.

Whatever happens I will be there following the lads. I make an 80 mile round trip to watch them play, let's hope some who live a little closer than me also make the effort.

Survive this season and we shall soon be back where we belong.

COYB
Unfortunately I have to agree with Bacon Bantam, getting through the coming season is TOP PRIORITY and staying clear of relegation is a must. Should we manage the playoffs that will obviously be a bonus. Whatever happens I will be there following the lads. I make an 80 mile round trip to watch them play, let's hope some who live a little closer than me also make the effort. Survive this season and we shall soon be back where we belong. COYB Kellington Bull

1:30pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Lythambull says...

Bacon Bantam wrote:
8th, Top 6. You boys are living in a dream world. Getting through the season without folding and finishing outside the bottom 2 is the main aim this year.
And we'll have every chance of exceeding that, providing we can hold on to our best players..... Just like City......;)
[quote][p][bold]Bacon Bantam[/bold] wrote: 8th, Top 6. You boys are living in a dream world. Getting through the season without folding and finishing outside the bottom 2 is the main aim this year.[/p][/quote]And we'll have every chance of exceeding that, providing we can hold on to our best players..... Just like City......;) Lythambull

1:43pm Wed 15 Jan 14

bully4us says...

Bacon is right about surviving till we get our full money back. Living in a dream world - isn't that part of supporting sport. Doesn't every sports fan dream but deep down knows the reality. Everyone needs to dream a little or we would all be feeling miserable.
Bacon is right about surviving till we get our full money back. Living in a dream world - isn't that part of supporting sport. Doesn't every sports fan dream but deep down knows the reality. Everyone needs to dream a little or we would all be feeling miserable. bully4us

1:46pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Parz says...

In my opinion, I reckon 6th is ambition. With the squad we have we're capable of finishing in the 8, providing players stay in decent form and we don't have a big injury crisis.

Though to be honest, I'd be happy with a boring season where we finish somewhere above 12th and no more financial black holes appear from nowhere!
In my opinion, I reckon 6th is ambition. With the squad we have we're capable of finishing in the 8, providing players stay in decent form and we don't have a big injury crisis. Though to be honest, I'd be happy with a boring season where we finish somewhere above 12th and no more financial black holes appear from nowhere! Parz

3:44pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Bacon Bantam says...

Strange how my comments are voted down whilst those comments agreeing with what I said are voted up.

Some people should put that axe down and stop grinding it.
Strange how my comments are voted down whilst those comments agreeing with what I said are voted up. Some people should put that axe down and stop grinding it. Bacon Bantam

6:47pm Wed 15 Jan 14

bully4us says...

Its probably how you phrased it Bacon. "you are living in a dream world" probably came over to most people in a way you didn't mean it. Some will have taken it as a put down to any supporter who allows themselves to dream of a good season and likes to talk it up. There is nothing wrong with that as most of these people will be buying tickets and merchandise that helps the club survive. I think we can dream for the season ahead but still know deep down that we will be happy to finish 12th with no financial problems.
Its probably how you phrased it Bacon. "you are living in a dream world" probably came over to most people in a way you didn't mean it. Some will have taken it as a put down to any supporter who allows themselves to dream of a good season and likes to talk it up. There is nothing wrong with that as most of these people will be buying tickets and merchandise that helps the club survive. I think we can dream for the season ahead but still know deep down that we will be happy to finish 12th with no financial problems. bully4us

7:19pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Bacon Bantam wrote:
Strange how my comments are voted down whilst those comments agreeing with what I said are voted up.

Some people should put that axe down and stop grinding it.
They are a touchy lot them Bulls.
[quote][p][bold]Bacon Bantam[/bold] wrote: Strange how my comments are voted down whilst those comments agreeing with what I said are voted up. Some people should put that axe down and stop grinding it.[/p][/quote]They are a touchy lot them Bulls. Thee Voice of Reason

7:30pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Sheffieldbull says...

Sorry, buttering up 'bitter bantams' is not the way. If you feel comfortable with that, that's your issue - funny how a lot jump to the defence of the resident trolls. I say..S0d off!
Sorry, buttering up 'bitter bantams' is not the way. If you feel comfortable with that, that's your issue - funny how a lot jump to the defence of the resident trolls. I say..S0d off! Sheffieldbull

9:07pm Wed 15 Jan 14

raisemeup says...

Sheffieldbull wrote:
Sorry, buttering up 'bitter bantams' is not the way. If you feel comfortable with that, that's your issue - funny how a lot jump to the defence of the resident trolls. I say..S0d off!
Thing is Sheff they forget where we finished last season, and we have a better squad this season. Which granted isn't an automatic upward spiral, but if you think you can't....you can't? Believe in yourself and your ability, is the maxim, Frannie seems to be instilling into our players.
We cannot afford the luxury of failure, because someone says here's an excuse for underperformance, so don't worry there's always next week..
But I believe, and I feel, this team, no matter what will deliver to the best of their ability and we will Win, a lot more than we lose.
So no predictions, predictions are only relevant to how people feel at that moment, if they weren't a hell of lot more of us would be winning the lotto, or backing every winner at York races. Got any tips?
[quote][p][bold]Sheffieldbull[/bold] wrote: Sorry, buttering up 'bitter bantams' is not the way. If you feel comfortable with that, that's your issue - funny how a lot jump to the defence of the resident trolls. I say..S0d off![/p][/quote]Thing is Sheff they forget where we finished last season, and we have a better squad this season. Which granted isn't an automatic upward spiral, but if you think you can't....you can't? Believe in yourself and your ability, is the maxim, Frannie seems to be instilling into our players. We cannot afford the luxury of failure, because someone says here's an excuse for underperformance, so don't worry there's always next week.. But I believe, and I feel, this team, no matter what will deliver to the best of their ability and we will Win, a lot more than we lose. So no predictions, predictions are only relevant to how people feel at that moment, if they weren't a hell of lot more of us would be winning the lotto, or backing every winner at York races. Got any tips? raisemeup

10:11pm Wed 15 Jan 14

bullsone03 says...

I think we should just wait and see no point anybody building there hopes up teams like London are still looking for players and if the price is right they will be gone but I hope not coyb
I think we should just wait and see no point anybody building there hopes up teams like London are still looking for players and if the price is right they will be gone but I hope not coyb bullsone03

10:58pm Wed 15 Jan 14

bradfordbronco says...

Sport is about ambition and optimism. Next season Hudds, Wigan and Warrington will all expect to finish in the top 3 but would hope to finish top. Saints and Leeds would expect a top 5 finish but hope for top 3. Salford, Catalan and Hull would all expect a top 8 place would would hope for a top 6. The next group which includes Bull, Hull KR, Widnes, Wakefield and Castleford will all be aiming at top 8 spot London will be just hoping not to finish bottom. Every team has their own expectations and hopes. Personally I hope we can avoid bottom 2 but hope we'll make the play offs
Sport is about ambition and optimism. Next season Hudds, Wigan and Warrington will all expect to finish in the top 3 but would hope to finish top. Saints and Leeds would expect a top 5 finish but hope for top 3. Salford, Catalan and Hull would all expect a top 8 place would would hope for a top 6. The next group which includes Bull, Hull KR, Widnes, Wakefield and Castleford will all be aiming at top 8 spot London will be just hoping not to finish bottom. Every team has their own expectations and hopes. Personally I hope we can avoid bottom 2 but hope we'll make the play offs bradfordbronco

1:44pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Alhaurinrhino says...

Your shabby little outfit will be t1ts up by Easter.
Foster staying because he's got nowhere else to go.

Marching on together.......
Your shabby little outfit will be t1ts up by Easter. Foster staying because he's got nowhere else to go. Marching on together....... Alhaurinrhino

8:19pm Thu 16 Jan 14

bradfordbronco says...

Glad to see Rhino supporters taking such an interest in the Bulls. Think i might go look on the Rhinos website. Oh wait a moment, i can't be bothered
Glad to see Rhino supporters taking such an interest in the Bulls. Think i might go look on the Rhinos website. Oh wait a moment, i can't be bothered bradfordbronco

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