Super League beckons as James Saltonstall extends Bradford Bulls stay

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: James Saltonstall is congratulated after scoring for the Bulls in their pre-season friendly against Dewsbury James Saltonstall is congratulated after scoring for the Bulls in their pre-season friendly against Dewsbury

James Saltonstall looks set to make his Super League debut for the Bulls after his loan spell was extended into a second month.

Saltonstall, Joe Philbin and Tom Walker have spent the past month on loan at the Provident Stadium from Warrington.

While 19-year-old forwards Philbin and Walker have returned to their parent club, Italy World Cup winger Saltonstall will remain on loan for another four weeks.

The Halifax-born utility back has played in all three of the Bulls’ pre-season games and scored a try against Dewsbury.

Bulls coach Francis Cummins said: “James made his third appearance for us against Castleford over the weekend and he is going to be staying with us for another four weeks or so.

“He adds further competition for places out wide and gives us some added depth going into the new season.

“I’d like to thank James, Joe and Tom for all of their efforts over the past four weeks. They have been great to have around the place and have all contributed well during our pre-season campaign.

“I believe they have benefited from the experience, being thrown straight into a full-time environment with the rest of the squad and competing for us in two or three friendly games.”

Second-rower Philbin played against Hull FC and Dewsbury while prop Walker played only in the Rams game, with both teenagers having then featured for Warrington in their win at Leigh last Sunday.

Philbin and Walker are expected to play regularly for Warrington’s under-19s this season but Saltonstall, at 20, is too old for that competition.

Wolves coach Tony Smith said: “All three of them have been a credit to themselves and to our club.

“To be able to play a game or two for Bradford was a great experience for them and they have certainly come back better young men and better for the experience.

“I think it was a win-win situation all round. Walker and Philbin both played well against Leigh and I’m really pleased that they are back in full-time training with us.

“At the moment we are happy for Saltonstall to stay at Bradford until we look at things further down the line and at what’s the best spot for him either at Bradford or back with ourselves. But we’ll certainly look at that in the coming weeks.”

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2:50pm Wed 5 Feb 14

mines a pint says...

Still no news on Ben Evans as the time ticks down to the start of the season it looks less likely that we will have his services for the ful year
Still no news on Ben Evans as the time ticks down to the start of the season it looks less likely that we will have his services for the ful year mines a pint

5:06pm Wed 5 Feb 14

mumbyfan says...

Don't like our kit at all....
Don't like our kit at all.... mumbyfan

6:27pm Wed 5 Feb 14

oswald777 says...

mumbyfan wrote:
Don't like our kit at all....
I don't like our so-called 'defensive' coach, he should have been sacked when McNamara left.
[quote][p][bold]mumbyfan[/bold] wrote: Don't like our kit at all....[/p][/quote]I don't like our so-called 'defensive' coach, he should have been sacked when McNamara left. oswald777

6:53pm Wed 5 Feb 14

nosher says...

The poor lad better hope he isn't picked on the left wing. His career could be over with the current centre and the other left side defenders
The poor lad better hope he isn't picked on the left wing. His career could be over with the current centre and the other left side defenders nosher

8:23pm Wed 5 Feb 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

hearing a rumour that we have lost two players to Hull, if that is the case so much for the squad being ring fenced.
hearing a rumour that we have lost two players to Hull, if that is the case so much for the squad being ring fenced. fedupwiththeBS

8:36pm Wed 5 Feb 14

nosher says...

fedupwiththeBS wrote:
hearing a rumour that we have lost two players to Hull, if that is the case so much for the squad being ring fenced.
Who
[quote][p][bold]fedupwiththeBS[/bold] wrote: hearing a rumour that we have lost two players to Hull, if that is the case so much for the squad being ring fenced.[/p][/quote]Who nosher

8:58pm Wed 5 Feb 14

blue marlin says...

Hull fans forum taking about carvel returning to hull fc
Hull fans forum taking about carvel returning to hull fc blue marlin

9:06pm Wed 5 Feb 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

and Luke Gale is the other. Rumour is Carvel has TUPE'd out of his contract as is his right with OK Bulls Limited having been closed by the Board.
and Luke Gale is the other. Rumour is Carvel has TUPE'd out of his contract as is his right with OK Bulls Limited having been closed by the Board. fedupwiththeBS

9:40pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Hearing the same rumours and radio humberside are saying the same thing.
Hearing the same rumours and radio humberside are saying the same thing. Thee Voice of Reason

10:13pm Wed 5 Feb 14

bradfordbronco says...

Looks like Carvell has jumped ship. How do Hull FC get him and still stay under salary cap. They must be desperate. Perhaps the RFL will investigate!!
Looks like Carvell has jumped ship. How do Hull FC get him and still stay under salary cap. They must be desperate. Perhaps the RFL will investigate!! bradfordbronco

10:32pm Wed 5 Feb 14

nosher says...

I can't think of a good performance from gale since he arrived. Carvell you don't miss what you have never had. Bring back dereck fox or Alan redfearn lol
I can't think of a good performance from gale since he arrived. Carvell you don't miss what you have never had. Bring back dereck fox or Alan redfearn lol nosher

10:59pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

bradfordbronco wrote:
Looks like Carvell has jumped ship. How do Hull FC get him and still stay under salary cap. They must be desperate. Perhaps the RFL will investigate!!
Someone is suggesting when OK Bulls Ltd went into admin the players had to agree a movement of their contracts to the new company and this has led to possible moves.
[quote][p][bold]bradfordbronco[/bold] wrote: Looks like Carvell has jumped ship. How do Hull FC get him and still stay under salary cap. They must be desperate. Perhaps the RFL will investigate!![/p][/quote]Someone is suggesting when OK Bulls Ltd went into admin the players had to agree a movement of their contracts to the new company and this has led to possible moves. Thee Voice of Reason

11:46pm Wed 5 Feb 14

bradfordbronco says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
bradfordbronco wrote:
Looks like Carvell has jumped ship. How do Hull FC get him and still stay under salary cap. They must be desperate. Perhaps the RFL will investigate!!
Someone is suggesting when OK Bulls Ltd went into admin the players had to agree a movement of their contracts to the new company and this has led to possible moves.
Sounds like it might be case, but would be surprised if an ambitious club like Hull hadn't spent their full salary cap.

Seems strange though, he had his family all settled and I wouldn't have thought he'd be looking elsewhere. He must have had a Very good offer or maybe he's gone as coach!

Hopefully just a rumour, but we'll find out in the morning
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bradfordbronco[/bold] wrote: Looks like Carvell has jumped ship. How do Hull FC get him and still stay under salary cap. They must be desperate. Perhaps the RFL will investigate!![/p][/quote]Someone is suggesting when OK Bulls Ltd went into admin the players had to agree a movement of their contracts to the new company and this has led to possible moves.[/p][/quote]Sounds like it might be case, but would be surprised if an ambitious club like Hull hadn't spent their full salary cap. Seems strange though, he had his family all settled and I wouldn't have thought he'd be looking elsewhere. He must have had a Very good offer or maybe he's gone as coach! Hopefully just a rumour, but we'll find out in the morning bradfordbronco

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