Everyone in the mix for Bradford Bulls team places

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: New recruit Garreth Carvell will wear the number ten shirt this season New recruit Garreth Carvell will wear the number ten shirt this season

Bulls coach Francis Cummins last night insisted all of his players were in contention for a place in the team after revealing his 2014 squad numbers.

Nine members of last season’s first-team squad have left the club and five of those – Keith Lulia, Heath L’Estrange, John Bateman, Elliott Whitehead and Jamie Langley – were in Cummins’ top 13.

Their departure has seen Jamie Foster, Matt Diskin, Tom Olbison, Dale Ferguson and Chev Walker handed numbers in the top 13, while Garreth Carvell has been given the ten jersey ahead of Manase Manuokafoa.

Carvell and Ferguson are the only two new recruits to have been awarded a starting number, with Lee Gaskell, Luke George and Adam Henry given 17, 20 and 21 respectively.

Although the numbers in the 25-strong squad would appear to represent Cummins’ first-choice team, the Bulls coach said places remain up for grabs ahead of the Super League opener at home to Castleford on February 16.

The 2014 squad numbers were announced at last night’s shirt presentation evening ahead of tomorrow’s opening pre-season friendly at home to Hull FC.

Cummins said: “Some people get the nod because they’ve got a little bit more experience and you could probably say that with Gaz Carvell.

“There’s a little bit of reward there as well with the likes of Tom Olbison getting a starting number and Chev Walker too.

“There have obviously been a few departures so naturally other players take their numbers and move up the pecking order.

“But every one of my players is in the mix and will get the opportunity to show what they can do during pre-season.

“The players have trained the house down these past couple of months and are ready to get out there and finally play a game this weekend.”

The Bulls yesterday announced a new kit sponsorship deal with the University of Bradford which will see the university’s branding feature on the home and away jerseys in 2014.

Meanwhile, it was confirmed yesterday that Super League will become a 12-team competition from 2015 after the 14 member clubs backed plans to introduce a new structure.

From next year, Super League will feature 12 clubs alongside a 12-team Championship that would divide into three divisions of eight two-thirds of the way through the campaign.

The top eight in Super League will then play off as normal for a place in the Grand Final, with the bottom four joining the top four from the Championship to play each other for the right to compete in the top flight in 2016.

At a meeting in St Helens, which saw the Bulls represented by chief executive Robbie Hunter-Paul and former director Mark Moore, the clubs voted unanimously to return promotion and relegation and pledged their support to the proposed structure which is a central part of the RFL’s policy review.

The Bulls, meanwhile, are advising 2014 season-ticket holders that season cards are available for collection from the Provident Stadium. Cards can be claimed at any point, including tomorrow’s visit of Hull FC.

2014 squad numbers: 1 Brett Kearney, 2 Elliot Kear, 3 Adrian Purtell, 4 Matty Blythe, 5 Jamie Foster, 6 Jarrod Sammut, 7 Luke Gale, 8 Nick Scruton, 9 Matt Diskin, 10 Garreth Carvell, 11 Tom Olbison, 12 Dale Ferguson, 13 Chev Walker, 14 Manase Manuokafoa, 15 Adam Sidlow, 16 Danny Addy, 17 Lee Gaskell, 18 James Donaldson, 19 Adam O'Brien, 20 Luke George, 21 Adam Henry, 22 Sam Wood, 23 Oliver Roberts, 24 Alex Mellor, 25 Nathan Conroy.

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9:24am Sat 18 Jan 14

Solomon Grundy says...

Strong first 21, wish we had one more front row. Bring it on, can't wait for it to start now, COYB!!!!!
Strong first 21, wish we had one more front row. Bring it on, can't wait for it to start now, COYB!!!!! Solomon Grundy
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10:51am Sat 18 Jan 14

king karl says...

anymore than 3 injuries and were fecked though
anymore than 3 injuries and were fecked though king karl
  • Score: -7

1:03pm Sat 18 Jan 14

mumbyfan says...

Addy should have the 13 shirt.
Addy should have the 13 shirt. mumbyfan
  • Score: 0

1:20pm Sat 18 Jan 14

axlef1963 says...

glad to hear bullbuilder could be getting more involved,gives the fans a more hands roll with the club.cant wait for the season to start now.Its been a cr#p off season need some good performnces to cheer us all up.So its time for the fans to show there true colours and get to odsal in big numbers to cheer the lads on and get some money in the coffers COYB
glad to hear bullbuilder could be getting more involved,gives the fans a more hands roll with the club.cant wait for the season to start now.Its been a cr#p off season need some good performnces to cheer us all up.So its time for the fans to show there true colours and get to odsal in big numbers to cheer the lads on and get some money in the coffers COYB axlef1963
  • Score: 8

12:50am Sun 19 Jan 14

Adeybull says...

axlef1963 wrote:
glad to hear bullbuilder could be getting more involved,gives the fans a more hands roll with the club.cant wait for the season to start now.Its been a cr#p off season need some good performnces to cheer us all up.So its time for the fans to show there true colours and get to odsal in big numbers to cheer the lads on and get some money in the coffers COYB
A number of people, on here and elsewhere, have said Bullbuilder should take a more active role in the future of the club.

Despite the Trust being dormant for the last 12 months, the caretaker Board has nevertheless had considerable engagement with the club and the old and new regimes, especially in the last few months. Nearly all of this has been away from the public domain. There is loads I and others could have said about what was going on, and especially about the scope (then and now) for supporter investment in the club, but it was not really appropriate. In any case, we had access to financial and other information which was (and is) protected by a legal non-disclosure agreement we entered into, and that I signed on behalf of the Trust. I suggest it says a lot that the club has been prepared to share sensitive and confidential information, with a responsible supporters' organisation?

But this should indicate that the club has been looking for engagement with supporters through a representative body, and this has most definitely been the case since the current administration took over. We have been involved in a number of meetings over the last month, and those who were at the Shirt Presentation Evening yesterday will have heard something of where we are now.

So...now is your opportunity, guys. To get involved. And, if you can and are willing, join the Bullbuilder board - the positions are there.

It is the ongoing Bullbuilder board who will determine how the Trust proceeds from now. Whether that be helping to support our stars of the futrure as before; whether it be engaging in exceptional actions like the brilliantly-successf
ul Hardship Fund, that made a truly crucial difference when Guilfoyle and his merry men sacked all the coaching and other staff, who then chose to work for nothing and sod them (go ask Mick Potter); whether it be looking to secure a stake in the club, and representation on the Club board for the fans; or some combination of these, or whatever.

Its up to whoever you guys put there to act on your behalf - the Trust is a totally democratic organisation, and its members decide who runs it. You don't like who is there now? Get in there, and boot them off!

The Trust has made a big difference before. Maybe it can again. Personally, I'm bloody SURE it can, if the will is there. That is why I, and the others, have stayed the course. And the opportunity certainly is there - this next season is crucial for the club, its all about survival. Its not about "somebody will have to do something". Its about WE need to do something. Divided, as individuals, no. Together, maybe. Together, we are stronger. Together, maybe we can make a real difference.

Again.

So, over to you guys. Now is your opportunity to get involved, and make a difference. A real difference.

You know you want to!
[quote][p][bold]axlef1963[/bold] wrote: glad to hear bullbuilder could be getting more involved,gives the fans a more hands roll with the club.cant wait for the season to start now.Its been a cr#p off season need some good performnces to cheer us all up.So its time for the fans to show there true colours and get to odsal in big numbers to cheer the lads on and get some money in the coffers COYB[/p][/quote]A number of people, on here and elsewhere, have said Bullbuilder should take a more active role in the future of the club. Despite the Trust being dormant for the last 12 months, the caretaker Board has nevertheless had considerable engagement with the club and the old and new regimes, especially in the last few months. Nearly all of this has been away from the public domain. There is loads I and others could have said about what was going on, and especially about the scope (then and now) for supporter investment in the club, but it was not really appropriate. In any case, we had access to financial and other information which was (and is) protected by a legal non-disclosure agreement we entered into, and that I signed on behalf of the Trust. I suggest it says a lot that the club has been prepared to share sensitive and confidential information, with a responsible supporters' organisation? But this should indicate that the club has been looking for engagement with supporters through a representative body, and this has most definitely been the case since the current administration took over. We have been involved in a number of meetings over the last month, and those who were at the Shirt Presentation Evening yesterday will have heard something of where we are now. So...now is your opportunity, guys. To get involved. And, if you can and are willing, join the Bullbuilder board - the positions are there. It is the ongoing Bullbuilder board who will determine how the Trust proceeds from now. Whether that be helping to support our stars of the futrure as before; whether it be engaging in exceptional actions like the brilliantly-successf ul Hardship Fund, that made a truly crucial difference when Guilfoyle and his merry men sacked all the coaching and other staff, who then chose to work for nothing and sod them (go ask Mick Potter); whether it be looking to secure a stake in the club, and representation on the Club board for the fans; or some combination of these, or whatever. Its up to whoever you guys put there to act on your behalf - the Trust is a totally democratic organisation, and its members decide who runs it. You don't like who is there now? Get in there, and boot them off! The Trust has made a big difference before. Maybe it can again. Personally, I'm bloody SURE it can, if the will is there. That is why I, and the others, have stayed the course. And the opportunity certainly is there - this next season is crucial for the club, its all about survival. Its not about "somebody will have to do something". Its about WE need to do something. Divided, as individuals, no. Together, maybe. Together, we are stronger. Together, maybe we can make a real difference. Again. So, over to you guys. Now is your opportunity to get involved, and make a difference. A real difference. You know you want to! Adeybull
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