Anthony Mullally aiming to make most of Bradford Bulls loan spell

Anthony Mullally is tackled by Heath L’Estrange during Huddersfield’s home clash with the Bulls last season

Anthony Mullally is tackled by Heath L’Estrange during Huddersfield’s home clash with the Bulls last season

First published in Sport Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford Bulls Reporter

New Bulls recruit Anthony Mullally admits he cannot wait to run out against Wakefield tomorrow night.

The Huddersfield prop has joined the Bulls on a one-month loan deal and seems certain to play some part in the televised clash.

The 22-year-old Ireland international joined the Giants at the start of last season from home-town club Widnes and has two years remaining on his contract.

Mullally, who stands 6ft 5in, said: “I want to come to Bradford, play regular Super League rugby and then kick on in my career.

“Huddersfield is a very competitive environment because all their props are in their prime.

“I knew when I signed there that I would have to fight for my place but joining the Bulls is a great opportunity to show what I can do.

“I’m fully fit and raring to go, so if I get the nod to play against Wakefield then I’ll be straight in there and hopefully have a big game.

“The game is on Sky, which is always good – especially for my family in Ireland but also the Huddersfield coaches, who I’m trying to impress, and the Bradford coaches too. I just want to establish myself in Super League.”

Bulls head coach Francis Cummins added: “Coming here is a great opportunity for Anthony to show us what he’s capable of and his own club what they are missing.

“There are a few clubs at the top end who have got very big squads and maybe there are a few more players like him to come for us.

“Danny Bridge arrived last week and Anthony this week, so it feels a bit like the cavalry is coming.”

Cummins cannot sign overseas players while the club’s ownership remains uncertain and yesterday he laughed off speculation linking Nick Scruton with a move to Wakefield.

“There are rumours going round all the time and it’s just where we are at the moment,” said the Bulls coach.

“It could be some clown on Facebook or Twitter starting it off and then I get asked about it.

“We had it all last year with Brett Kearney supposedly going to Leeds – it could be some fat bloke sat at home thinking ‘I’m going to start something off’.

“There are rumours and there is the truth – and there is no truth in that about Scrutes.”

Cummins remains on the look-out for players but added: “We’re in a situation at the moment where we are not even ratified as a club, so I can’t bring in any overseas players and therefore the pool of players gets smaller.

“Until things get sorted out, we’re getting penalised and penalised. We’re not even in a position to start the process to get someone through a visa.

“I can make outright signings because I’ve saved on a couple of wages and have got money to spend.

“It’s not the sort of money when you can start buying players – not unless you’ve got somebody over a barrel and it’s only Bradford over a barrel at the moment.

“Players will become available and things will develop down the line because we’re only in round two.”

Meanwhile, London-based businessman Richard Lamb will meet with administrator David Wilson today as he steps up his bid to buy the Bulls ahead of tomorrow’s deadline to make an offer.

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7:41am Wed 19 Feb 14

bradfordbronco says...

"It could be some fat bloke trying to cause trouble". Leave Nigel Wood out of this, he's already caused enough trouble!!
"It could be some fat bloke trying to cause trouble". Leave Nigel Wood out of this, he's already caused enough trouble!! bradfordbronco
  • Score: 23

8:16am Wed 19 Feb 14

Van Bellen's Baby says...

The big story is in the last sentence. Not sure what to wish for with regards to a new buyer?
The big story is in the last sentence. Not sure what to wish for with regards to a new buyer? Van Bellen's Baby
  • Score: 5

8:46am Wed 19 Feb 14

Bfd-til-i-die says...

Will that "fat bloke" keep is fat mouth shut, you know who you are.
Will that "fat bloke" keep is fat mouth shut, you know who you are. Bfd-til-i-die
  • Score: 3

8:52am Wed 19 Feb 14

nosher says...

Bfd-til-i-die wrote:
Will that "fat bloke" keep is fat mouth shut, you know who you are.
Axel / TBC
[quote][p][bold]Bfd-til-i-die[/bold] wrote: Will that "fat bloke" keep is fat mouth shut, you know who you are.[/p][/quote]Axel / TBC nosher
  • Score: 0

9:18am Wed 19 Feb 14

bullybullman says...

Yeah just like the Kopjak, Bateman , Whitehead , Carvell & Sammut rumours eh Franny ! the rumour was on the Bulls facebook page but lets be honest with our board of clowns & Robbie ring of steel Paul anything could happen.

Good to get a half decent prop to tie us over lets hope it works out & possibly gets extended. The fielden rumour is still strong wonder if that will come off or maybe that was a fat women who pays her money to pay your wages Franny that started that one !.
Yeah just like the Kopjak, Bateman , Whitehead , Carvell & Sammut rumours eh Franny ! the rumour was on the Bulls facebook page but lets be honest with our board of clowns & Robbie ring of steel Paul anything could happen. Good to get a half decent prop to tie us over lets hope it works out & possibly gets extended. The fielden rumour is still strong wonder if that will come off or maybe that was a fat women who pays her money to pay your wages Franny that started that one !. bullybullman
  • Score: -3

9:32am Wed 19 Feb 14

Parz says...

nosher wrote:
Bfd-til-i-die wrote: Will that "fat bloke" keep is fat mouth shut, you know who you are.
Axel / TBC
Bobbie Goulding.
[quote][p][bold]nosher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bfd-til-i-die[/bold] wrote: Will that "fat bloke" keep is fat mouth shut, you know who you are.[/p][/quote]Axel / TBC[/p][/quote]Bobbie Goulding. Parz
  • Score: 5

9:42am Wed 19 Feb 14

Bulls2014 says...

It looks like we will be -6 points come friday . Its just not fair on the players , club , staff or fans that it has still not been confirmed!!!!!! Not going to be a great atmosphere tom night with the Bulls fans :(
It looks like we will be -6 points come friday . Its just not fair on the players , club , staff or fans that it has still not been confirmed!!!!!! Not going to be a great atmosphere tom night with the Bulls fans :( Bulls2014
  • Score: 0

9:46am Wed 19 Feb 14

bully4us says...

He has actually explained one or two things there regarding signing players. People are wondering if we have signed Mexico or any other Ausie. He states we can’t due to not being ratified. He also says we have the money for outright signings and others will be coming. Van Bellen is right about that last sentence. He has to make the offer very quickly now. I only hope we now get a proper owner who will get us ratified, sort out the debts and let Franny bring a couple more quality players in quickly to give the team and fans a well needed lift.
He has actually explained one or two things there regarding signing players. People are wondering if we have signed Mexico or any other Ausie. He states we can’t due to not being ratified. He also says we have the money for outright signings and others will be coming. Van Bellen is right about that last sentence. He has to make the offer very quickly now. I only hope we now get a proper owner who will get us ratified, sort out the debts and let Franny bring a couple more quality players in quickly to give the team and fans a well needed lift. bully4us
  • Score: 8

10:36am Wed 19 Feb 14

Reading Bullette says...

From what I've heard about Mr Lamb, from a senior figure in the game, we would be best set not to go anywhere near him. Definitely another Omar in the making.
From what I've heard about Mr Lamb, from a senior figure in the game, we would be best set not to go anywhere near him. Definitely another Omar in the making. Reading Bullette
  • Score: 3

11:05am Wed 19 Feb 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

Reading Bullette wrote:
From what I've heard about Mr Lamb, from a senior figure in the game, we would be best set not to go anywhere near him. Definitely another Omar in the making.
especially if the rumour that OK is involved in his bid is true.
[quote][p][bold]Reading Bullette[/bold] wrote: From what I've heard about Mr Lamb, from a senior figure in the game, we would be best set not to go anywhere near him. Definitely another Omar in the making.[/p][/quote]especially if the rumour that OK is involved in his bid is true. fedupwiththeBS
  • Score: 6

11:58am Wed 19 Feb 14

northern pig says...

Reading Bullette wrote:
From what I've heard about Mr Lamb, from a senior figure in the game, we would be best set not to go anywhere near him. Definitely another Omar in the making.
don/t leave us dangling Bullette!!!! Tell us more.
[quote][p][bold]Reading Bullette[/bold] wrote: From what I've heard about Mr Lamb, from a senior figure in the game, we would be best set not to go anywhere near him. Definitely another Omar in the making.[/p][/quote]don/t leave us dangling Bullette!!!! Tell us more. northern pig
  • Score: 3

11:59am Wed 19 Feb 14

oddshapedballs says...

fedupwiththeBS wrote:
Reading Bullette wrote:
From what I've heard about Mr Lamb, from a senior figure in the game, we would be best set not to go anywhere near him. Definitely another Omar in the making.
especially if the rumour that OK is involved in his bid is true.
Stop listening to rumours look what happened with your completely wrong warrington comment!!
[quote][p][bold]fedupwiththeBS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Reading Bullette[/bold] wrote: From what I've heard about Mr Lamb, from a senior figure in the game, we would be best set not to go anywhere near him. Definitely another Omar in the making.[/p][/quote]especially if the rumour that OK is involved in his bid is true.[/p][/quote]Stop listening to rumours look what happened with your completely wrong warrington comment!! oddshapedballs
  • Score: 2

12:23pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Loyalbull1981 says...

FC fines players about using media incorrectly but he isn't o god himself, using he word 'fat' has no relevance to the story/rumour and is highly offensive to some people im sure. maybe he should fine himself.
FC fines players about using media incorrectly but he isn't o god himself, using he word 'fat' has no relevance to the story/rumour and is highly offensive to some people im sure. maybe he should fine himself. Loyalbull1981
  • Score: 1

12:39pm Wed 19 Feb 14

bullybullman says...

fedupwiththeBS wrote:
Reading Bullette wrote:
From what I've heard about Mr Lamb, from a senior figure in the game, we would be best set not to go anywhere near him. Definitely another Omar in the making.
especially if the rumour that OK is involved in his bid is true.
Iheard a different story that Mr Caisley is behind Richard Lamb`s bid , again it is only speculation but they are both mixers in the same circle. Don’t think for a minute Omar is behind anything. He failed dramatically & remember Caisley tried getting back in the back with Guilfolye last Administration when Mr Noble graciously volunteered to coach for free.
[quote][p][bold]fedupwiththeBS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Reading Bullette[/bold] wrote: From what I've heard about Mr Lamb, from a senior figure in the game, we would be best set not to go anywhere near him. Definitely another Omar in the making.[/p][/quote]especially if the rumour that OK is involved in his bid is true.[/p][/quote]Iheard a different story that Mr Caisley is behind Richard Lamb`s bid , again it is only speculation but they are both mixers in the same circle. Don’t think for a minute Omar is behind anything. He failed dramatically & remember Caisley tried getting back in the back with Guilfolye last Administration when Mr Noble graciously volunteered to coach for free. bullybullman
  • Score: 4

1:42pm Wed 19 Feb 14

StevieLad says...

bullybullman wrote:
fedupwiththeBS wrote:
Reading Bullette wrote:
From what I've heard about Mr Lamb, from a senior figure in the game, we would be best set not to go anywhere near him. Definitely another Omar in the making.
especially if the rumour that OK is involved in his bid is true.
Iheard a different story that Mr Caisley is behind Richard Lamb`s bid , again it is only speculation but they are both mixers in the same circle. Don’t think for a minute Omar is behind anything. He failed dramatically & remember Caisley tried getting back in the back with Guilfolye last Administration when Mr Noble graciously volunteered to coach for free.
What mystifies me is why OK is not being held to account by more Bulls fans. His Twitter still refers to him a saviour of Bulls. Is that the case or was it ever?

Personally would take Caisley over Lamb. Better the devil you know
[quote][p][bold]bullybullman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fedupwiththeBS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Reading Bullette[/bold] wrote: From what I've heard about Mr Lamb, from a senior figure in the game, we would be best set not to go anywhere near him. Definitely another Omar in the making.[/p][/quote]especially if the rumour that OK is involved in his bid is true.[/p][/quote]Iheard a different story that Mr Caisley is behind Richard Lamb`s bid , again it is only speculation but they are both mixers in the same circle. Don’t think for a minute Omar is behind anything. He failed dramatically & remember Caisley tried getting back in the back with Guilfolye last Administration when Mr Noble graciously volunteered to coach for free.[/p][/quote]What mystifies me is why OK is not being held to account by more Bulls fans. His Twitter still refers to him a saviour of Bulls. Is that the case or was it ever? Personally would take Caisley over Lamb. Better the devil you know StevieLad
  • Score: 0

4:15pm Wed 19 Feb 14

northern pig says...

StevieLad wrote:
bullybullman wrote:
fedupwiththeBS wrote:
Reading Bullette wrote:
From what I've heard about Mr Lamb, from a senior figure in the game, we would be best set not to go anywhere near him. Definitely another Omar in the making.
especially if the rumour that OK is involved in his bid is true.
Iheard a different story that Mr Caisley is behind Richard Lamb`s bid , again it is only speculation but they are both mixers in the same circle. Don’t think for a minute Omar is behind anything. He failed dramatically & remember Caisley tried getting back in the back with Guilfolye last Administration when Mr Noble graciously volunteered to coach for free.
What mystifies me is why OK is not being held to account by more Bulls fans. His Twitter still refers to him a saviour of Bulls. Is that the case or was it ever?

Personally would take Caisley over Lamb. Better the devil you know
I don't wish to see the return of caisley in any shape or form.The Iestyn Harris saga(Caisley's Folly)was the catalyst that led to the slippery slope of Superleague oblivion,we find ourselves in now..Let me remind you,.Harris had a pre nup with the Rhinos that gave them first refusal if he returned to league..Caisley thought he could circumnavigate the agreement,he couldn't and he didn't.It cost the club millions in the litigation wich ensued. plus all the players that became dissilusioned because of the amount of money Iestyn was on as apposed to what they were getting.It was a disaster.
[quote][p][bold]StevieLad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bullybullman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fedupwiththeBS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Reading Bullette[/bold] wrote: From what I've heard about Mr Lamb, from a senior figure in the game, we would be best set not to go anywhere near him. Definitely another Omar in the making.[/p][/quote]especially if the rumour that OK is involved in his bid is true.[/p][/quote]Iheard a different story that Mr Caisley is behind Richard Lamb`s bid , again it is only speculation but they are both mixers in the same circle. Don’t think for a minute Omar is behind anything. He failed dramatically & remember Caisley tried getting back in the back with Guilfolye last Administration when Mr Noble graciously volunteered to coach for free.[/p][/quote]What mystifies me is why OK is not being held to account by more Bulls fans. His Twitter still refers to him a saviour of Bulls. Is that the case or was it ever? Personally would take Caisley over Lamb. Better the devil you know[/p][/quote]I don't wish to see the return of caisley in any shape or form.The Iestyn Harris saga(Caisley's Folly)was the catalyst that led to the slippery slope of Superleague oblivion,we find ourselves in now..Let me remind you,.Harris had a pre nup with the Rhinos that gave them first refusal if he returned to league..Caisley thought he could circumnavigate the agreement,he couldn't and he didn't.It cost the club millions in the litigation wich ensued. plus all the players that became dissilusioned because of the amount of money Iestyn was on as apposed to what they were getting.It was a disaster. northern pig
  • Score: 6

4:43pm Wed 19 Feb 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Northern Pig,
Did you think that way when the Bulls were winning everything in front of them when Super League began.Chris Caisley was the Chairman then.Agreed,a serious mistake was made with Iestyn Harris was signed but who was it that okayed the deal,saying everything was legal? The Rugby League,admittedly Caisley should have known the law but obviously not.However,as far as I know he represents the Burgess brothers and he certainly has made sure they have got good deals.Yes,he made mistakes but when he left the club in my opinion the management of the club left a lot to be desired.Remember,we won absolutely nothing after his departure.Maybe he could bring better times back to Odsal.He certainly could not make things any worse.Who knows?
Northern Pig, Did you think that way when the Bulls were winning everything in front of them when Super League began.Chris Caisley was the Chairman then.Agreed,a serious mistake was made with Iestyn Harris was signed but who was it that okayed the deal,saying everything was legal? The Rugby League,admittedly Caisley should have known the law but obviously not.However,as far as I know he represents the Burgess brothers and he certainly has made sure they have got good deals.Yes,he made mistakes but when he left the club in my opinion the management of the club left a lot to be desired.Remember,we won absolutely nothing after his departure.Maybe he could bring better times back to Odsal.He certainly could not make things any worse.Who knows? spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: -3

5:02pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Pablo says...

Undoubtedly, the Iestyn Harris affair was the beginning of the slippery slope. An enormous amount of money wasted on what turned out to be an anonymous spell at the club by Harris. As far as I'm concerned, the Chairman on whose watch it happened must take the blame.

On another point, I sense a growing sense of frustration by FC in recent interviews, at the current uncertainty at Odsal. Tomorrow is a "must win" game and I fear our preparation is being hampered by the effect on morale due to the ongoing saga.
Undoubtedly, the Iestyn Harris affair was the beginning of the slippery slope. An enormous amount of money wasted on what turned out to be an anonymous spell at the club by Harris. As far as I'm concerned, the Chairman on whose watch it happened must take the blame. On another point, I sense a growing sense of frustration by FC in recent interviews, at the current uncertainty at Odsal. Tomorrow is a "must win" game and I fear our preparation is being hampered by the effect on morale due to the ongoing saga. Pablo
  • Score: 7

7:18pm Wed 19 Feb 14

urwellold says...

I watched Mullaly play for Batley last seaon whilst on dual reg and he was a class above so he has the potential to be a good recruit for the Bulls. He will add some much needed presence after Sunday's opener.
I watched Mullaly play for Batley last seaon whilst on dual reg and he was a class above so he has the potential to be a good recruit for the Bulls. He will add some much needed presence after Sunday's opener. urwellold
  • Score: 2

7:36pm Wed 19 Feb 14

northern pig says...

spanglishbull.uk wrote:
Northern Pig,
Did you think that way when the Bulls were winning everything in front of them when Super League began.Chris Caisley was the Chairman then.Agreed,a serious mistake was made with Iestyn Harris was signed but who was it that okayed the deal,saying everything was legal? The Rugby League,admittedly Caisley should have known the law but obviously not.However,as far as I know he represents the Burgess brothers and he certainly has made sure they have got good deals.Yes,he made mistakes but when he left the club in my opinion the management of the club left a lot to be desired.Remember,we won absolutely nothing after his departure.Maybe he could bring better times back to Odsal.He certainly could not make things any worse.Who knows?
Don't wish to get into a SLANGING match with you,lets just say,that it was massive misjudgement on Caisley's behalf.We already had stand off half better than Iyestin,who was still agood payer but who had lost a yard of pace(the vital ingredient in that position) On a personal basis i Never liked Caisleys autocratic style of management He should have sought council from other members of the boarrd,on such a massivie investment,given the circumstances.I have watched the Northern /Bulls 57 years,I certainly don't want to see them go out of buisness but we are in a very perlous position at the moment.Pig
[quote][p][bold]spanglishbull.uk[/bold] wrote: Northern Pig, Did you think that way when the Bulls were winning everything in front of them when Super League began.Chris Caisley was the Chairman then.Agreed,a serious mistake was made with Iestyn Harris was signed but who was it that okayed the deal,saying everything was legal? The Rugby League,admittedly Caisley should have known the law but obviously not.However,as far as I know he represents the Burgess brothers and he certainly has made sure they have got good deals.Yes,he made mistakes but when he left the club in my opinion the management of the club left a lot to be desired.Remember,we won absolutely nothing after his departure.Maybe he could bring better times back to Odsal.He certainly could not make things any worse.Who knows?[/p][/quote]Don't wish to get into a SLANGING match with you,lets just say,that it was massive misjudgement on Caisley's behalf.We already had stand off half better than Iyestin,who was still agood payer but who had lost a yard of pace(the vital ingredient in that position) On a personal basis i Never liked Caisleys autocratic style of management He should have sought council from other members of the boarrd,on such a massivie investment,given the circumstances.I have watched the Northern /Bulls 57 years,I certainly don't want to see them go out of buisness but we are in a very perlous position at the moment.Pig northern pig
  • Score: 1

7:40pm Wed 19 Feb 14

northern pig says...

spanglishbull.uk wrote:
Northern Pig,
Did you think that way when the Bulls were winning everything in front of them when Super League began.Chris Caisley was the Chairman then.Agreed,a serious mistake was made with Iestyn Harris was signed but who was it that okayed the deal,saying everything was legal? The Rugby League,admittedly Caisley should have known the law but obviously not.However,as far as I know he represents the Burgess brothers and he certainly has made sure they have got good deals.Yes,he made mistakes but when he left the club in my opinion the management of the club left a lot to be desired.Remember,we won absolutely nothing after his departure.Maybe he could bring better times back to Odsal.He certainly could not make things any worse.Who knows?
Don't wish to get into a SLANGING match with you,lets just say,that it was massive misjudgement on Caisley's behalf.We already had stand off half better than Iyestin,who was still agood payer but who had lost a yard of pace(the vital ingredient in that position) On a personal basis i Never liked Caisleys autocratic style of management He should have sought council from other members of the boarrd,on such a massivie investment,given the circumstances.I have watched the Northern /Bulls 57 years,I certainly don't want to see them go out of buisness but we are in a very perlous position at the moment.Pig
[quote][p][bold]spanglishbull.uk[/bold] wrote: Northern Pig, Did you think that way when the Bulls were winning everything in front of them when Super League began.Chris Caisley was the Chairman then.Agreed,a serious mistake was made with Iestyn Harris was signed but who was it that okayed the deal,saying everything was legal? The Rugby League,admittedly Caisley should have known the law but obviously not.However,as far as I know he represents the Burgess brothers and he certainly has made sure they have got good deals.Yes,he made mistakes but when he left the club in my opinion the management of the club left a lot to be desired.Remember,we won absolutely nothing after his departure.Maybe he could bring better times back to Odsal.He certainly could not make things any worse.Who knows?[/p][/quote]Don't wish to get into a SLANGING match with you,lets just say,that it was massive misjudgement on Caisley's behalf.We already had stand off half better than Iyestin,who was still agood payer but who had lost a yard of pace(the vital ingredient in that position) On a personal basis i Never liked Caisleys autocratic style of management He should have sought council from other members of the boarrd,on such a massivie investment,given the circumstances.I have watched the Northern /Bulls 57 years,I certainly don't want to see them go out of buisness but we are in a very perlous position at the moment.Pig northern pig
  • Score: 1

8:02pm Wed 19 Feb 14

vbfg says...

spanglishbull.uk wrote:
Northern Pig,
Did you think that way when the Bulls were winning everything in front of them when Super League began.Chris Caisley was the Chairman then.Agreed,a serious mistake was made with Iestyn Harris was signed but who was it that okayed the deal,saying everything was legal? The Rugby League,admittedly Caisley should have known the law but obviously not.However,as far as I know he represents the Burgess brothers and he certainly has made sure they have got good deals.Yes,he made mistakes but when he left the club in my opinion the management of the club left a lot to be desired.Remember,we won absolutely nothing after his departure.Maybe he could bring better times back to Odsal.He certainly could not make things any worse.Who knows?
Did you just blame the Rugby League for Harris? All they did was accept his registration. This has nothing at all to do with the legality of his contract. They'll register the player and let the clubs sort out contractual disputes between themselves, as they are doing with the Carvell situation. Anything else and they become party to those disputes themselves. As the very situation you are talking about demonstrates, being involved can be financially ruinous.

Caisley made that deal and has nobody to blame but himself.
[quote][p][bold]spanglishbull.uk[/bold] wrote: Northern Pig, Did you think that way when the Bulls were winning everything in front of them when Super League began.Chris Caisley was the Chairman then.Agreed,a serious mistake was made with Iestyn Harris was signed but who was it that okayed the deal,saying everything was legal? The Rugby League,admittedly Caisley should have known the law but obviously not.However,as far as I know he represents the Burgess brothers and he certainly has made sure they have got good deals.Yes,he made mistakes but when he left the club in my opinion the management of the club left a lot to be desired.Remember,we won absolutely nothing after his departure.Maybe he could bring better times back to Odsal.He certainly could not make things any worse.Who knows?[/p][/quote]Did you just blame the Rugby League for Harris? All they did was accept his registration. This has nothing at all to do with the legality of his contract. They'll register the player and let the clubs sort out contractual disputes between themselves, as they are doing with the Carvell situation. Anything else and they become party to those disputes themselves. As the very situation you are talking about demonstrates, being involved can be financially ruinous. Caisley made that deal and has nobody to blame but himself. vbfg
  • Score: 0

8:50pm Wed 19 Feb 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Fully agree with both of you re Harris.I did not know that Caisley did not consult the rest of the Board as he definitely should.However,I do seem to remember that the R.L. at the time were consulted and gave full backing to the signing.I fully understand what you are saying Caisley should have been certain everything was above board.I to have been watching and supporting Northern/Bulls since 1950.My point re the position at the moment,which as you say is very perilous,is that could Caisley help solve the current situation,he certainly could not make it any worse.However,as I understand the last day for bids is tomorrow.Has he put forward any plan and has he passed the tests required by the R.L.Who knows?tomorrow should tell us all what the outcome will be.Or will the R.L. move the goalposts again?
Fully agree with both of you re Harris.I did not know that Caisley did not consult the rest of the Board as he definitely should.However,I do seem to remember that the R.L. at the time were consulted and gave full backing to the signing.I fully understand what you are saying Caisley should have been certain everything was above board.I to have been watching and supporting Northern/Bulls since 1950.My point re the position at the moment,which as you say is very perilous,is that could Caisley help solve the current situation,he certainly could not make it any worse.However,as I understand the last day for bids is tomorrow.Has he put forward any plan and has he passed the tests required by the R.L.Who knows?tomorrow should tell us all what the outcome will be.Or will the R.L. move the goalposts again? spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 0

8:54pm Wed 19 Feb 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Northern Pig,
Just been reading a letter sent by Chris Caisley to the T.and A. in 2011.In the letter he flatly refutes that he was the only person responsible for the Harris signing.He is absolutely adamant that Peter Hood was also involved and even went so far as to say Hood should resign his position as Chairman for not being honest with the supporters.
Northern Pig, Just been reading a letter sent by Chris Caisley to the T.and A. in 2011.In the letter he flatly refutes that he was the only person responsible for the Harris signing.He is absolutely adamant that Peter Hood was also involved and even went so far as to say Hood should resign his position as Chairman for not being honest with the supporters. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 1

9:29pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Adeybull says...

The whole board has to be responsible for a decision of that nature, given the significance of it.

Naturally, one presumes that the board relied on Caisley's legal expertise to ensure that all the contractual legalities had been complied with? Him being a senior lawyer, of course.

And naturally, when Leeds contended that Bradford had been made aware before the signing of their existing contractual relationships with Harris - contractual relationships which Mr. Justice Gray subsequently found were in place and were not in restraint of trade - Caisley would have been able to confirm that that was incorrect, and that he was unaware of the contractual arrangements? And woiuld have been more than happy to testify to that effect, in defence of Leeds' lawsuit for loss caused by inducement to breach contract?

Assuming all the above to be the case, then Caisley would be entitled to accuse Hood of being disingenuous. Not dishonest, I guess, because if what Hood said WAS untrue, I imagine the litigatious Mr Caisley would have been quick to bring an action for defamation? And understandably so.

But, back to the point at hand: I cannot for the life of me see why the RFL would get involved in contractual arrangements between two clubs. Who were THEY to judge if the contractual arrangements between Leeds and Harris constituted a restraint of trade? It took a High Court judge, in a many-page decision, to rule on that. And his ruling was the opposite of what Caisley, a senior litigation lawyer, had IIRC previously assured us was the case, going to show that even senior legal minds can disagree.

The RFL did what was required of them. The fault with signing Harris, in the face of his existing contractual relations with Leeds, lay fairly and squarely with the Bulls board. Nowhere else. Whose fault it was round the boardroom table was a separate issue, and we saw the awful consequences of those guys being unable to work together two years ago.
The whole board has to be responsible for a decision of that nature, given the significance of it. Naturally, one presumes that the board relied on Caisley's legal expertise to ensure that all the contractual legalities had been complied with? Him being a senior lawyer, of course. And naturally, when Leeds contended that Bradford had been made aware before the signing of their existing contractual relationships with Harris - contractual relationships which Mr. Justice Gray subsequently found were in place and were not in restraint of trade - Caisley would have been able to confirm that that was incorrect, and that he was unaware of the contractual arrangements? And woiuld have been more than happy to testify to that effect, in defence of Leeds' lawsuit for loss caused by inducement to breach contract? Assuming all the above to be the case, then Caisley would be entitled to accuse Hood of being disingenuous. Not dishonest, I guess, because if what Hood said WAS untrue, I imagine the litigatious Mr Caisley would have been quick to bring an action for defamation? And understandably so. But, back to the point at hand: I cannot for the life of me see why the RFL would get involved in contractual arrangements between two clubs. Who were THEY to judge if the contractual arrangements between Leeds and Harris constituted a restraint of trade? It took a High Court judge, in a many-page decision, to rule on that. And his ruling was the opposite of what Caisley, a senior litigation lawyer, had IIRC previously assured us was the case, going to show that even senior legal minds can disagree. The RFL did what was required of them. The fault with signing Harris, in the face of his existing contractual relations with Leeds, lay fairly and squarely with the Bulls board. Nowhere else. Whose fault it was round the boardroom table was a separate issue, and we saw the awful consequences of those guys being unable to work together two years ago. Adeybull
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9:47pm Wed 19 Feb 14

northern pig says...

spanglishbull.uk wrote:
Northern Pig,
Just been reading a letter sent by Chris Caisley to the T.and A. in 2011.In the letter he flatly refutes that he was the only person responsible for the Harris signing.He is absolutely adamant that Peter Hood was also involved and even went so far as to say Hood should resign his position as Chairman for not being honest with the supporters.
I don't recall the letter to the T&A.It may be Hood was complicit, eithe way ,it was sad chapter in the history of our great club.
[quote][p][bold]spanglishbull.uk[/bold] wrote: Northern Pig, Just been reading a letter sent by Chris Caisley to the T.and A. in 2011.In the letter he flatly refutes that he was the only person responsible for the Harris signing.He is absolutely adamant that Peter Hood was also involved and even went so far as to say Hood should resign his position as Chairman for not being honest with the supporters.[/p][/quote]I don't recall the letter to the T&A.It may be Hood was complicit, eithe way ,it was sad chapter in the history of our great club. northern pig
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