Bradford Bulls boss Francis Cummins: It's us against the world

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Francis Cummins believes his players can find strength in adversity Francis Cummins believes his players can find strength in adversity

Francis Cummins has backed his players to put the adversity surrounding the Bulls to one side and produce the goods on the field in Sunday’s season-opener against Castleford.

Cummins’ side will go into the Provident Stadium clash having seen Garreth Carvell depart and with a possible points penalty, which will not be known until next week, hanging over the club.

The situation is not new to the Bulls chief, who was left with a major rebuilding job when he was appointed as successor to Mick Potter in September 2012 following the club’s previous spell in administration.

Although his squad is low on numbers, Warrington loanee Danny Bridge could make his debut on Sunday and Cummins is working to bring in more new faces.

The Bulls coach (pictured) said: “There is an ‘us against the world’ mentality but it’s been like that right from day one.

“It’s about investing in your career and improving yourself, which we will do together.

“We were building a squad with some good signings but the rug was pulled from under us and we’ve had to deal with it.

“We dealt with it all last year and we need to go again because there is only one option – the other option is to give in.

“Things like point deductions are out of our hands and I’m not wasting my energy on it because I’m sick of it.

“There are times when you think things can’t get any lower – you get to Christmas time and your directors resign and the players don’t get paid on time.

“You think it can’t get any worse but then something good happens and we get back to training and the lads have trained the house down, which motivates you again.

“If we set a goal of achieving then we will set that goal and go for it because the players have great character about them and a willingness to work hard for each other.”

Despite the lack of depth in his squad, Cummins believes his young side has the potential to surprise a few people this season.

“We know that the numbers are low at the moment but we’ve got the potential to go where we want,” he said.

“At the start of pre-season, the quality of the squad went up, even though our numbers didn’t.

“But the young lads who went full-time last season are a year older now and they will contribute more this season, which makes us better.

“We just need to recruit a bit more now because the first and second rounds of the competitions are like an Easter period for us with two games in four days.”

A number of parties seeking to buy the club from Leeds-based administrator David Wilson will meet with the RFL today to put their cases forward.

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7:58am Fri 14 Feb 14

mines a pint says...

If FC needs anything more to motivate the boys I suggest he makes them watch this weeks episode of boots n all

According to the sky no it alls we are a certainty for relegation this season

No surprise really when have they ever been behind the Bulls ????
If FC needs anything more to motivate the boys I suggest he makes them watch this weeks episode of boots n all According to the sky no it alls we are a certainty for relegation this season No surprise really when have they ever been behind the Bulls ???? mines a pint
  • Score: 11

8:28am Fri 14 Feb 14

taurusthebull says...

and anyone watching the match last night could see the Saints red mist in front of Hemmings and Stevo's eyes !!!!
and anyone watching the match last night could see the Saints red mist in front of Hemmings and Stevo's eyes !!!! taurusthebull
  • Score: 6

8:50am Fri 14 Feb 14

MeccaBingo1 says...

Anyone watching last nights game should be able to see how far we are going to be off the pace. Sad but true.

I'm just hoping a new buyer comes in with some much need capital and gives FC something to work with.

Does anyone know why Dale Ferguson is injured?
Anyone watching last nights game should be able to see how far we are going to be off the pace. Sad but true. I'm just hoping a new buyer comes in with some much need capital and gives FC something to work with. Does anyone know why Dale Ferguson is injured? MeccaBingo1
  • Score: -7

9:10am Fri 14 Feb 14

raisemeup says...

Well said FC the sentiments expressed are a credit to you and your players. Well actually to the whole Club (Directors & Staff) It has been like a roller coaster for two years, but eventually it will start to get better - WE THE FANS ARE ALL BEHIND YOU - THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO GO FROM WHERE WE ARE AND THAT IS UPWARDS. COYB
Well said FC the sentiments expressed are a credit to you and your players. Well actually to the whole Club (Directors & Staff) It has been like a roller coaster for two years, but eventually it will start to get better - WE THE FANS ARE ALL BEHIND YOU - THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO GO FROM WHERE WE ARE AND THAT IS UPWARDS. COYB raisemeup
  • Score: 24

10:48am Fri 14 Feb 14

CHLOE220696 says...

Sky what a load of knobs they never have anything good to say about Bradford as someone says let the boys watch sky I know Francis doesn't need to know the first 3 games are massive I think we're looking at 4 points London gone so who left CAS WIDNES WAKEFIELD HKR if we keep healthy I think we will stay up on another note for me if players don't want to play for a club lot them go well Wigan looked poor and Warrington were dreadfull let's see if carvel plays tonight
Sky what a load of knobs they never have anything good to say about Bradford as someone says let the boys watch sky I know Francis doesn't need to know the first 3 games are massive I think we're looking at 4 points London gone so who left CAS WIDNES WAKEFIELD HKR if we keep healthy I think we will stay up on another note for me if players don't want to play for a club lot them go well Wigan looked poor and Warrington were dreadfull let's see if carvel plays tonight CHLOE220696
  • Score: 9

11:51am Fri 14 Feb 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Hmmm some on here slag off sky for writing off Bulls chances but then declare London as gone themselves.

It's all opinion but many get upset when that opinion doesn't match their own.

Sky are picking the easy option, a club in termoil and you can hardly blame them. This crisis can do one of two things, pull the lads together and put in a good season or leave them in dire straights after a stressful time which to date still isn't resolved. Preparation has not been good.
Hmmm some on here slag off sky for writing off Bulls chances but then declare London as gone themselves. It's all opinion but many get upset when that opinion doesn't match their own. Sky are picking the easy option, a club in termoil and you can hardly blame them. This crisis can do one of two things, pull the lads together and put in a good season or leave them in dire straights after a stressful time which to date still isn't resolved. Preparation has not been good. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: -7

12:45pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Bone_idle18 says...

No one knows how we'll play this season, so how do you know we'll be so far off the pace?
No one knows how we'll play this season, so how do you know we'll be so far off the pace? Bone_idle18
  • Score: 11

12:57pm Fri 14 Feb 14

CHLOE220696 says...

I don't think you needs to on mastermind to say London is going down if you think different you know nothing less the people at sky
I don't think you needs to on mastermind to say London is going down if you think different you know nothing less the people at sky CHLOE220696
  • Score: 7

1:18pm Fri 14 Feb 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

Even if we stayed injury free all season which would be a miracle without some decent players brought into the squad we are going to be battling at the bottom of the table.

It is quiet depressing when you look at the players we have lost; Langers, Batemam, Platty, Whitehead, Heath, Keith L, Ben Evans and now Carvell.
Even if we stayed injury free all season which would be a miracle without some decent players brought into the squad we are going to be battling at the bottom of the table. It is quiet depressing when you look at the players we have lost; Langers, Batemam, Platty, Whitehead, Heath, Keith L, Ben Evans and now Carvell. fedupwiththeBS
  • Score: -1

1:24pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

London and Bradford are two clubs who have been in turmoil all off season. It's a no brainer to say both will struggle. Why do you even care what sky say.
London and Bradford are two clubs who have been in turmoil all off season. It's a no brainer to say both will struggle. Why do you even care what sky say. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: -5

1:45pm Fri 14 Feb 14

bully4us says...

It is easy to list players who have gone but how many came on here and said Langers was past it and Platty was useless. Now they have gone they seem to to be remembered as top players. Evans was only on loan (replaced by another wire loan) and Carvell never played a competative game. We didn't have him last year and won't have him this year - so no change there! We will miss L'Estrange more than anyone as he was a very good player. Lulia was actually very average last year. We need to be careful about building players up who have left into something they weren't. I still see us slightly better this year but i do admit that the squad is worryingly small especially the props as the injuries will hit as they always do.
It is easy to list players who have gone but how many came on here and said Langers was past it and Platty was useless. Now they have gone they seem to to be remembered as top players. Evans was only on loan (replaced by another wire loan) and Carvell never played a competative game. We didn't have him last year and won't have him this year - so no change there! We will miss L'Estrange more than anyone as he was a very good player. Lulia was actually very average last year. We need to be careful about building players up who have left into something they weren't. I still see us slightly better this year but i do admit that the squad is worryingly small especially the props as the injuries will hit as they always do. bully4us
  • Score: 8

1:51pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Parz says...

I would be surprised if the bottom 4 were anything other than us, Cas, Wakey and London in one order or another. Maybe Hull KR, depending on how they deal with life after Dobson.
I would be surprised if the bottom 4 were anything other than us, Cas, Wakey and London in one order or another. Maybe Hull KR, depending on how they deal with life after Dobson. Parz
  • Score: 8

2:14pm Fri 14 Feb 14

bradfordbronco says...

Heard a rumour that Sammut is going to Wakefield. I Stress Its only a rumour, but if its true, We're in trouble. Carvell was a bit upsetting, but this would be disastorous. Could we have a collection on Sunday to keep him?
Heard a rumour that Sammut is going to Wakefield. I Stress Its only a rumour, but if its true, We're in trouble. Carvell was a bit upsetting, but this would be disastorous. Could we have a collection on Sunday to keep him? bradfordbronco
  • Score: 6

2:24pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Parz says...

bradfordbronco wrote:
Heard a rumour that Sammut is going to Wakefield. I Stress Its only a rumour, but if its true, We're in trouble. Carvell was a bit upsetting, but this would be disastorous. Could we have a collection on Sunday to keep him?
That one's been flying around for a while, even before our latest Admin. It's likely flared up again with Lee Smith leaving Wakey for Newcastle RU and Sammut being a half back. I honestly don't think it's got much legs to it, after all Wakey aren't in much of a better position than we are (admittedly they have less uncertainty) money wise. The rumour mill said he was going to London and Salford too.
[quote][p][bold]bradfordbronco[/bold] wrote: Heard a rumour that Sammut is going to Wakefield. I Stress Its only a rumour, but if its true, We're in trouble. Carvell was a bit upsetting, but this would be disastorous. Could we have a collection on Sunday to keep him?[/p][/quote]That one's been flying around for a while, even before our latest Admin. It's likely flared up again with Lee Smith leaving Wakey for Newcastle RU and Sammut being a half back. I honestly don't think it's got much legs to it, after all Wakey aren't in much of a better position than we are (admittedly they have less uncertainty) money wise. The rumour mill said he was going to London and Salford too. Parz
  • Score: 3

2:32pm Fri 14 Feb 14

portugalbull says...

Plenty for FC to motivate the team. If we can get off to a good start, the fixtures having us up against similar standing clubs, who knows any points deduction could be quickly wiped off.
As they pointed out on bootsnallc London need 7wins to avoid relegation, so we need to target that plus the point deduction. Their predictions have not been right previously so lets prove how wrong they can be.

As for the buying of the club all those interested should join the present directors and together we could have a strong base with some incoming investment and able to attract more sponsorships. Not hopeful as the RFL involved, and they will play off one party against another.
CoyB's
Plenty for FC to motivate the team. If we can get off to a good start, the fixtures having us up against similar standing clubs, who knows any points deduction could be quickly wiped off. As they pointed out on bootsnallc London need 7wins to avoid relegation, so we need to target that plus the point deduction. Their predictions have not been right previously so lets prove how wrong they can be. As for the buying of the club all those interested should join the present directors and together we could have a strong base with some incoming investment and able to attract more sponsorships. Not hopeful as the RFL involved, and they will play off one party against another. CoyB's portugalbull
  • Score: 5

7:27pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Parz says...

Parz wrote:
bradfordbronco wrote:
Heard a rumour that Sammut is going to Wakefield. I Stress Its only a rumour, but if its true, We're in trouble. Carvell was a bit upsetting, but this would be disastorous. Could we have a collection on Sunday to keep him?
That one's been flying around for a while, even before our latest Admin. It's likely flared up again with Lee Smith leaving Wakey for Newcastle RU and Sammut being a half back. I honestly don't think it's got much legs to it, after all Wakey aren't in much of a better position than we are (admittedly they have less uncertainty) money wise. The rumour mill said he was going to London and Salford too.
I'll get my coat now then. Good shout bradfordbronco.
[quote][p][bold]Parz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bradfordbronco[/bold] wrote: Heard a rumour that Sammut is going to Wakefield. I Stress Its only a rumour, but if its true, We're in trouble. Carvell was a bit upsetting, but this would be disastorous. Could we have a collection on Sunday to keep him?[/p][/quote]That one's been flying around for a while, even before our latest Admin. It's likely flared up again with Lee Smith leaving Wakey for Newcastle RU and Sammut being a half back. I honestly don't think it's got much legs to it, after all Wakey aren't in much of a better position than we are (admittedly they have less uncertainty) money wise. The rumour mill said he was going to London and Salford too.[/p][/quote]I'll get my coat now then. Good shout bradfordbronco. Parz
  • Score: 0

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