Sidlow pays tribute to Cummins as he signs new Bradford Bulls deal (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Adam Sidlow pays tribute to Francis Cummins as he signs new Bradford Bulls deal
Adam Sidlow has agreed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at the Bulls until the end of 2016.
The imposing prop arrived from Salford on a two-year deal at the start of last season and enjoyed an impressive debut campaign.
He made 19 Super League appearances and scored five tries, including a famous point-saving touchdown in the memorable 18-18 draw at Leeds over Easter.
His season was cruelly cut short by a knee injury sustained during the defeat at Wigan on July 5 but he is back to full fitness and delighted to have committed his future to Francis Cummins’ side.
The 26-year-old Wiganer said: “A big thanks must go to Francis as he gave me the initial opportunity and he has helped me gain a new deal here, which I badly wanted.
“This is such a massive club and it is an honour to play here.
“Despite what has gone on over the past couple of months off the field, I would not change a thing. I absolutely love it here.
“I would like to think my best years are still ahead of me and I still feel as though I am progressing as a Super League player.
“I am one hundred per cent committed to Bradford.
“Francis has shown a whole load of faith in me and he has enabled me to love playing rugby league again.”
Cummins has played Sidlow in all three pre-season games and believes he will continue to improve.
The Bulls head coach said: “I am delighted for Adam. He is a towering front-rower with, I believe, a huge future ahead of him.
“He gets better with every game he plays and given the fact he still has a number of years ahead of him, I am extremely excited about having him on board for a further two years.
“Adam is undoubtedly a key figure in our team and I am sure he will become even more integral this season.”
Cummins is expected to try and bring Ben Evans back to Bradford on loan this season with Garreth Carvell’s short spell at Odsal seemingly over.
Carvell is in contract dispute with the Bulls but is no longer training with Cummins’ squad and Hull FC are hopeful he will line up for them against Catalan Dragons at the KC Stadium on Friday.
Meanwhile, vice captain Luke Gale is also being courted by Hull after they reignited their previous interest in the Bulls playmaker.
The England Knights scrum half is believed to have been offered a new, improved deal by Bradford but there is also an offer on the table from Hull boss Lee Radford, who is set to offload Shannon McDonnell.
The Black and Whites have been interested in Gale for some time and the player is expected to make a decision on his future this week.