Luke George and Dale Ferguson set for Bradford Bulls bow against Castleford

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Francis Cummins could give new recruits Dale Ferguson and Luke George their first outings in a Bradford jersey this weekend.

Castleford are the visitors to the Provident Stadium in the Bulls’ third and final pre-season outing.

Ferguson and George joined Bradford from Huddersfield during the off-season and have missed the opening two friendlies due to injury.

They are now close to full fitness and Cummins could give them some game-time before the Super League opener at home to Daryl Powell’s men a fortnight later.

The Bulls head coach said: “Luke and Dale have both had knocks but they are feeling a lot better and will hopefully be fit to play some part this weekend.

Nick Scruton seems to be back to normal as well after the knock he picked up against Hull in the opening friendly.

“Other than Brett Kearney and Matty Blythe, pretty much everyone else is available this weekend.”

Cummins also paid tribute to on-loan Warrington trio James Salton-stall, Joe Philbin and Tom Walker for their efforts during their four-week loan spell with the Bulls.

Cummins said that, in all likelihood, they would head back to their parent club after this weekend’s game.

He added: “They have fitted in really well and it’s like they have been here for years. They have been a credit to themselves and to their club during their time with us.”

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7:59am Wed 29 Jan 14

AdeyG'man says...

So they fit in well but they go back to Warrington? Ermmm...what's the point then? Have we just become a Wire training camp or feeder club? We gained nothing from it!
So they fit in well but they go back to Warrington? Ermmm...what's the point then? Have we just become a Wire training camp or feeder club? We gained nothing from it! AdeyG'man
  • Score: -4

8:17am Wed 29 Jan 14

Lythambull says...

AdeyG'man wrote:
So they fit in well but they go back to Warrington? Ermmm...what's the point then? Have we just become a Wire training camp or feeder club? We gained nothing from it!
I think it was clear to all at the start of this experiment that having those lads here was mostly about FC helping out Tony Smith. Not a bad thing IMO. Franny is only in his second season as a head coach and he can learn a lot from what TS has achieved in the game. I'm sure these loan moves only serve to improve the relationship for the future.
As for being a Warrington feeder club, I thought we became that when Atkins and Bridge found their way to the HJ??;)
[quote][p][bold]AdeyG'man[/bold] wrote: So they fit in well but they go back to Warrington? Ermmm...what's the point then? Have we just become a Wire training camp or feeder club? We gained nothing from it![/p][/quote]I think it was clear to all at the start of this experiment that having those lads here was mostly about FC helping out Tony Smith. Not a bad thing IMO. Franny is only in his second season as a head coach and he can learn a lot from what TS has achieved in the game. I'm sure these loan moves only serve to improve the relationship for the future. As for being a Warrington feeder club, I thought we became that when Atkins and Bridge found their way to the HJ??;) Lythambull
  • Score: 10

8:54am Wed 29 Jan 14

cleckbull says...

Don't be so blinkered with your opinions...the temporary loans were beneficial to both clubs. It bolstered our numbers for the friendlies while
we nursed some squad members back to full fitness and gave thes lads some first team experience.
It also lets us assess these lads attitude and ability so that if they do become available at a later stage they might consider Bradford if we are interested
Don't be so blinkered with your opinions...the temporary loans were beneficial to both clubs. It bolstered our numbers for the friendlies while we nursed some squad members back to full fitness and gave thes lads some first team experience. It also lets us assess these lads attitude and ability so that if they do become available at a later stage they might consider Bradford if we are interested cleckbull
  • Score: 13

12:26pm Wed 29 Jan 14

franklyn says...

Lythambull wrote:
AdeyG'man wrote:
So they fit in well but they go back to Warrington? Ermmm...what's the point then? Have we just become a Wire training camp or feeder club? We gained nothing from it!
I think it was clear to all at the start of this experiment that having those lads here was mostly about FC helping out Tony Smith. Not a bad thing IMO. Franny is only in his second season as a head coach and he can learn a lot from what TS has achieved in the game. I'm sure these loan moves only serve to improve the relationship for the future.
As for being a Warrington feeder club, I thought we became that when Atkins and Bridge found their way to the HJ??;)
Atkins gained all his experience at Wakefield. he couldn't get a game at bulls. never played in fist team, yet was an england international within 12 months of going to wildcats. bridge went for different reasons.
As for the loan of 3 teenage rookies, what FC has learned from them is any ones guess. just seems a wast of time to me. surely we have enough youngsters of our own that could have done with the experience these three lads have gained. just baffles me, but then that doesn't take a lot these days.
As for Ferguson & George. if they are only almost over their injuries, whats the point of risking then in a meaningless friendly?
[quote][p][bold]Lythambull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AdeyG'man[/bold] wrote: So they fit in well but they go back to Warrington? Ermmm...what's the point then? Have we just become a Wire training camp or feeder club? We gained nothing from it![/p][/quote]I think it was clear to all at the start of this experiment that having those lads here was mostly about FC helping out Tony Smith. Not a bad thing IMO. Franny is only in his second season as a head coach and he can learn a lot from what TS has achieved in the game. I'm sure these loan moves only serve to improve the relationship for the future. As for being a Warrington feeder club, I thought we became that when Atkins and Bridge found their way to the HJ??;)[/p][/quote]Atkins gained all his experience at Wakefield. he couldn't get a game at bulls. never played in fist team, yet was an england international within 12 months of going to wildcats. bridge went for different reasons. As for the loan of 3 teenage rookies, what FC has learned from them is any ones guess. just seems a wast of time to me. surely we have enough youngsters of our own that could have done with the experience these three lads have gained. just baffles me, but then that doesn't take a lot these days. As for Ferguson & George. if they are only almost over their injuries, whats the point of risking then in a meaningless friendly? franklyn
  • Score: -2

2:53pm Wed 29 Jan 14

AdeyG'man says...

cleckbull wrote:
Don't be so blinkered with your opinions...the temporary loans were beneficial to both clubs. It bolstered our numbers for the friendlies while
we nursed some squad members back to full fitness and gave thes lads some first team experience.
It also lets us assess these lads attitude and ability so that if they do become available at a later stage they might consider Bradford if we are interested
It's not blinkered I just don't see why we are blooding their lads. I know Smith is a mate of Frannys but come on, we're helping the opposition. Season long loans make sense...they plug a gap. What does this do? If we haven't got the numbers, don't plan a friendly!
[quote][p][bold]cleckbull[/bold] wrote: Don't be so blinkered with your opinions...the temporary loans were beneficial to both clubs. It bolstered our numbers for the friendlies while we nursed some squad members back to full fitness and gave thes lads some first team experience. It also lets us assess these lads attitude and ability so that if they do become available at a later stage they might consider Bradford if we are interested[/p][/quote]It's not blinkered I just don't see why we are blooding their lads. I know Smith is a mate of Frannys but come on, we're helping the opposition. Season long loans make sense...they plug a gap. What does this do? If we haven't got the numbers, don't plan a friendly! AdeyG'man
  • Score: -6

3:02pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Lythambull says...

franklyn wrote:
Lythambull wrote:
AdeyG'man wrote: So they fit in well but they go back to Warrington? Ermmm...what's the point then? Have we just become a Wire training camp or feeder club? We gained nothing from it!
I think it was clear to all at the start of this experiment that having those lads here was mostly about FC helping out Tony Smith. Not a bad thing IMO. Franny is only in his second season as a head coach and he can learn a lot from what TS has achieved in the game. I'm sure these loan moves only serve to improve the relationship for the future. As for being a Warrington feeder club, I thought we became that when Atkins and Bridge found their way to the HJ??;)
Atkins gained all his experience at Wakefield. he couldn't get a game at bulls. never played in fist team, yet was an england international within 12 months of going to wildcats. bridge went for different reasons. As for the loan of 3 teenage rookies, what FC has learned from them is any ones guess. just seems a wast of time to me. surely we have enough youngsters of our own that could have done with the experience these three lads have gained. just baffles me, but then that doesn't take a lot these days. As for Ferguson & George. if they are only almost over their injuries, whats the point of risking then in a meaningless friendly?
Thanks for the update on Atkins and for taking a tongue in cheek point seriously. That's what ;) means!
The Warrington loaners were clearly here as a favour to the Wolves. If Franny sees something I'm sure it's more likely to be during training or around the club and perhaps he's feeding this back to their parent club?
If you look at the side we put out on Sunday there WERE plenty of our youngsters getting the experience of playing against bigger, more seasoned players.
As for Fergusson and George, the whole point of preseason friendlies is to get players match fit and ready for competitive rugby in a couple of weeks time. Wouldn't you prefer that than trying to get their match fitness up in the crucible of competitive rugby?? I
[quote][p][bold]franklyn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lythambull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AdeyG'man[/bold] wrote: So they fit in well but they go back to Warrington? Ermmm...what's the point then? Have we just become a Wire training camp or feeder club? We gained nothing from it![/p][/quote]I think it was clear to all at the start of this experiment that having those lads here was mostly about FC helping out Tony Smith. Not a bad thing IMO. Franny is only in his second season as a head coach and he can learn a lot from what TS has achieved in the game. I'm sure these loan moves only serve to improve the relationship for the future. As for being a Warrington feeder club, I thought we became that when Atkins and Bridge found their way to the HJ??;)[/p][/quote]Atkins gained all his experience at Wakefield. he couldn't get a game at bulls. never played in fist team, yet was an england international within 12 months of going to wildcats. bridge went for different reasons. As for the loan of 3 teenage rookies, what FC has learned from them is any ones guess. just seems a wast of time to me. surely we have enough youngsters of our own that could have done with the experience these three lads have gained. just baffles me, but then that doesn't take a lot these days. As for Ferguson & George. if they are only almost over their injuries, whats the point of risking then in a meaningless friendly?[/p][/quote]Thanks for the update on Atkins and for taking a tongue in cheek point seriously. That's what ;) means! The Warrington loaners were clearly here as a favour to the Wolves. If Franny sees something I'm sure it's more likely to be during training or around the club and perhaps he's feeding this back to their parent club? If you look at the side we put out on Sunday there WERE plenty of our youngsters getting the experience of playing against bigger, more seasoned players. As for Fergusson and George, the whole point of preseason friendlies is to get players match fit and ready for competitive rugby in a couple of weeks time. Wouldn't you prefer that than trying to get their match fitness up in the crucible of competitive rugby?? I Lythambull
  • Score: 5

5:52pm Wed 29 Jan 14

raisemeup says...

Lythambull wrote:
franklyn wrote:
Lythambull wrote:
AdeyG'man wrote: So they fit in well but they go back to Warrington? Ermmm...what's the point then? Have we just become a Wire training camp or feeder club? We gained nothing from it!
I think it was clear to all at the start of this experiment that having those lads here was mostly about FC helping out Tony Smith. Not a bad thing IMO. Franny is only in his second season as a head coach and he can learn a lot from what TS has achieved in the game. I'm sure these loan moves only serve to improve the relationship for the future. As for being a Warrington feeder club, I thought we became that when Atkins and Bridge found their way to the HJ??;)
Atkins gained all his experience at Wakefield. he couldn't get a game at bulls. never played in fist team, yet was an england international within 12 months of going to wildcats. bridge went for different reasons. As for the loan of 3 teenage rookies, what FC has learned from them is any ones guess. just seems a wast of time to me. surely we have enough youngsters of our own that could have done with the experience these three lads have gained. just baffles me, but then that doesn't take a lot these days. As for Ferguson & George. if they are only almost over their injuries, whats the point of risking then in a meaningless friendly?
Thanks for the update on Atkins and for taking a tongue in cheek point seriously. That's what ;) means!
The Warrington loaners were clearly here as a favour to the Wolves. If Franny sees something I'm sure it's more likely to be during training or around the club and perhaps he's feeding this back to their parent club?
If you look at the side we put out on Sunday there WERE plenty of our youngsters getting the experience of playing against bigger, more seasoned players.
As for Fergusson and George, the whole point of preseason friendlies is to get players match fit and ready for competitive rugby in a couple of weeks time. Wouldn't you prefer that than trying to get their match fitness up in the crucible of competitive rugby?? I
On the side of common sense in the approach to the game, let's help all we can to see as many young players develop from any, and every team.

All clubs in super league need to stick together, and I know for a fact that many an unselfish act has come from the Warrington club.
However can I appeal to the RFL and the council that voted against the Bulls being given, at least what is owed from SKY for this year.
It will ensure we keep our training facilities and in that respect will help many young talented player to be available for the future.
Come on the RFL and the Council call an EGM now to give the Bulls a fighting chance!
[quote][p][bold]Lythambull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]franklyn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lythambull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AdeyG'man[/bold] wrote: So they fit in well but they go back to Warrington? Ermmm...what's the point then? Have we just become a Wire training camp or feeder club? We gained nothing from it![/p][/quote]I think it was clear to all at the start of this experiment that having those lads here was mostly about FC helping out Tony Smith. Not a bad thing IMO. Franny is only in his second season as a head coach and he can learn a lot from what TS has achieved in the game. I'm sure these loan moves only serve to improve the relationship for the future. As for being a Warrington feeder club, I thought we became that when Atkins and Bridge found their way to the HJ??;)[/p][/quote]Atkins gained all his experience at Wakefield. he couldn't get a game at bulls. never played in fist team, yet was an england international within 12 months of going to wildcats. bridge went for different reasons. As for the loan of 3 teenage rookies, what FC has learned from them is any ones guess. just seems a wast of time to me. surely we have enough youngsters of our own that could have done with the experience these three lads have gained. just baffles me, but then that doesn't take a lot these days. As for Ferguson & George. if they are only almost over their injuries, whats the point of risking then in a meaningless friendly?[/p][/quote]Thanks for the update on Atkins and for taking a tongue in cheek point seriously. That's what ;) means! The Warrington loaners were clearly here as a favour to the Wolves. If Franny sees something I'm sure it's more likely to be during training or around the club and perhaps he's feeding this back to their parent club? If you look at the side we put out on Sunday there WERE plenty of our youngsters getting the experience of playing against bigger, more seasoned players. As for Fergusson and George, the whole point of preseason friendlies is to get players match fit and ready for competitive rugby in a couple of weeks time. Wouldn't you prefer that than trying to get their match fitness up in the crucible of competitive rugby?? I[/p][/quote]On the side of common sense in the approach to the game, let's help all we can to see as many young players develop from any, and every team. All clubs in super league need to stick together, and I know for a fact that many an unselfish act has come from the Warrington club. However can I appeal to the RFL and the council that voted against the Bulls being given, at least what is owed from SKY for this year. It will ensure we keep our training facilities and in that respect will help many young talented player to be available for the future. Come on the RFL and the Council call an EGM now to give the Bulls a fighting chance! raisemeup
  • Score: 3

7:31pm Wed 29 Jan 14

The Man From the Pru says...

Once again we are favoured by a person of a lower intellectual level, a person, who, no doubt has been asked to leave the forum, and returns under a new name. This is no doubt the idiot formerly known as various forms of " RHINO " not the black or white variety. This was easy to ascertain by the way he used the term " DULLS " Just shows his stupidity.

Raise, once again a solid post from your good self. Success to all those at Bullbuilder, you do a great job. To the Bulls have a great season in 2014. To the people of Bradford, get behind Your two professional clubs, help keep them operating.
Once again we are favoured by a person of a lower intellectual level, a person, who, no doubt has been asked to leave the forum, and returns under a new name. This is no doubt the idiot formerly known as various forms of " RHINO " not the black or white variety. This was easy to ascertain by the way he used the term " DULLS " Just shows his stupidity. Raise, once again a solid post from your good self. Success to all those at Bullbuilder, you do a great job. To the Bulls have a great season in 2014. To the people of Bradford, get behind Your two professional clubs, help keep them operating. The Man From the Pru
  • Score: 1

7:49pm Wed 29 Jan 14

The Man From the Pru says...

Another point I meant to raise was, in reference to this part of the article,

"Ferguson and George joined Bradford from Huddersfield during the off-season and have missed the opening two friendlies due to injury."

George may have been injured, but Ferguson, was sitting out a TWO match BAN. Get it right T n A, please.
Another point I meant to raise was, in reference to this part of the article, "Ferguson and George joined Bradford from Huddersfield during the off-season and have missed the opening two friendlies due to injury." George may have been injured, but Ferguson, was sitting out a TWO match BAN. Get it right T n A, please. The Man From the Pru
  • Score: 0

11:33pm Wed 29 Jan 14

bradfordbronco says...

Don;t think we'll ever know why we got the three players from Warrington. The only reason I can think of is that Francis Cummins used his contacts and agreed with Tony Smith the deal so he could have a look at them in case we lost a few players, which at the time seemed more than likely.

Think it was very prudent of FC to start looking at alternatives should the worse happen. In the end it looks like we've managed to keep the squad almost intact but nice to see the forward planning and networking skills of the Bulls coach
Don;t think we'll ever know why we got the three players from Warrington. The only reason I can think of is that Francis Cummins used his contacts and agreed with Tony Smith the deal so he could have a look at them in case we lost a few players, which at the time seemed more than likely. Think it was very prudent of FC to start looking at alternatives should the worse happen. In the end it looks like we've managed to keep the squad almost intact but nice to see the forward planning and networking skills of the Bulls coach bradfordbronco
  • Score: 0

5:48am Thu 30 Jan 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

can we get over the Sky money issue on here please; OK and JS signed it away to get the Club, whilst OK Bulls Limited is in existence we will not be getting full money until next season.

The big plus is that we have managed to keep the squad intact even though we are yet again a bit short on the ground if we pick up injuries because as we saw against the Rams, our kids are not ready to step up.
can we get over the Sky money issue on here please; OK and JS signed it away to get the Club, whilst OK Bulls Limited is in existence we will not be getting full money until next season. The big plus is that we have managed to keep the squad intact even though we are yet again a bit short on the ground if we pick up injuries because as we saw against the Rams, our kids are not ready to step up. fedupwiththeBS
  • Score: 1

7:29am Thu 30 Jan 14

bradfordbronco says...

fedupwiththeBS wrote:
can we get over the Sky money issue on here please; OK and JS signed it away to get the Club, whilst OK Bulls Limited is in existence we will not be getting full money until next season.

The big plus is that we have managed to keep the squad intact even though we are yet again a bit short on the ground if we pick up injuries because as we saw against the Rams, our kids are not ready to step up.
Can we also get over "we're a couple of players short should we get injuries" issue. We know that also but we ain't got any money to sign any more players. I think the squad is pretty good with solutions in all positions if we do get loads of injuries
[quote][p][bold]fedupwiththeBS[/bold] wrote: can we get over the Sky money issue on here please; OK and JS signed it away to get the Club, whilst OK Bulls Limited is in existence we will not be getting full money until next season. The big plus is that we have managed to keep the squad intact even though we are yet again a bit short on the ground if we pick up injuries because as we saw against the Rams, our kids are not ready to step up.[/p][/quote]Can we also get over "we're a couple of players short should we get injuries" issue. We know that also but we ain't got any money to sign any more players. I think the squad is pretty good with solutions in all positions if we do get loads of injuries bradfordbronco
  • Score: 1

3:23pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Parz says...

bradfordbronco wrote:
fedupwiththeBS wrote: can we get over the Sky money issue on here please; OK and JS signed it away to get the Club, whilst OK Bulls Limited is in existence we will not be getting full money until next season. The big plus is that we have managed to keep the squad intact even though we are yet again a bit short on the ground if we pick up injuries because as we saw against the Rams, our kids are not ready to step up.
Can we also get over "we're a couple of players short should we get injuries" issue. We know that also but we ain't got any money to sign any more players. I think the squad is pretty good with solutions in all positions if we do get loads of injuries
We're pretty lucky in the fact that we have a lot of players who are capable in more than one position. For example Gaskell can play Fullback, Centre or 6. I think unless we hit a number of injuries in the same position, like 3 props for instance, we should be pretty well covered.

I'm probably doing Franny a bit of a dis-service there actually. Rather than luck, thinking back it's been some pretty savvy recruitment on his part.
[quote][p][bold]bradfordbronco[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fedupwiththeBS[/bold] wrote: can we get over the Sky money issue on here please; OK and JS signed it away to get the Club, whilst OK Bulls Limited is in existence we will not be getting full money until next season. The big plus is that we have managed to keep the squad intact even though we are yet again a bit short on the ground if we pick up injuries because as we saw against the Rams, our kids are not ready to step up.[/p][/quote]Can we also get over "we're a couple of players short should we get injuries" issue. We know that also but we ain't got any money to sign any more players. I think the squad is pretty good with solutions in all positions if we do get loads of injuries[/p][/quote]We're pretty lucky in the fact that we have a lot of players who are capable in more than one position. For example Gaskell can play Fullback, Centre or 6. I think unless we hit a number of injuries in the same position, like 3 props for instance, we should be pretty well covered. I'm probably doing Franny a bit of a dis-service there actually. Rather than luck, thinking back it's been some pretty savvy recruitment on his part. Parz
  • Score: 1

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