Danny Addy fits the bill at stand-off, says Bradford Bulls coach

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Danny Addy has experience of playing in the halves Danny Addy has experience of playing in the halves

Bulls coach Francis Cummins will not rush to sign a replacement for Lee Gaskell as he admitted that Danny Addy could be the man to fill his boots.

Former St Helens stand-off Gaskell will be out for between eight and 12 weeks after sustaining a knee injury during last week’s win at Wakefield.

It is a bitter blow to Cummins’ small squad but Addy performed admirably in the halves last year and slotted in there after Gaskell was forced off at Belle Vue.

Cummins, who could also utilise Brett Kearney and Adam Henry as one of his pivots, said: “Danny did a good job there last season and he played well at Wakefield.

“His defence was better too but we probably see his long-term future as more of a loose forward.

“However, he’s got the skill-set to play in the halves and did very well for us in that position at the start of last year.

“That’s why I’m not going to jump in feet first for someone else when it might not be the right option.”

The Bulls have been linked with Castleford half-back Brett Seymour and Ryan McGoldrick, who has been without a club since leaving Salford at the end of last season.

Cummins has money available to spend on wages following the recent departure of Garreth Carvell and Jarrod Sammut.

The Bulls coach said: “We’ve got to look at options but there are not too many options out there, particularly in that half-back position.

“They have got to be the right options as well so we won’t be rushed into anything.”

Cummins cannot apply for a visa for any overseas signings until the club’s change of ownership is ratified by the RFL, which could happen today.

Cummins admitted: “Given the size of our squad, I’m not in a position where I can’t be interested in players. I have to be, but we’re at least three weeks off being able to apply for visas.

“What can we do as things stand? You would end up getting sent to prison if you employ overseas players without a visa.”

Cummins, meanwhile, is confident that Addy will escape a ban after he was placed on report for a challenge on Sammut during the Wakefield victory.

The Bulls coach added: “I don’t foresee Danny Addy getting banned for that challenge because there was no reaction from Jarrod.

“From the footage I’ve looked at, at best Danny’s arm is up near Jarrod’s shoulder and there is no blocking of heads.

“His head moves out to the side, so he gives him enough space. There was nothing in it.”

The Bulls’ Under-16s began their campaign on Saturday with a 40-12 victory over the Midlands Regional Academy.

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8:35am Mon 24 Feb 14

oddshapedballs says...

I hope he doesnt get a ban, however he did seem to put unnecessary pressure to his back in tge tackle.
I hope he doesnt get a ban, however he did seem to put unnecessary pressure to his back in tge tackle. oddshapedballs

1:31pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Solomon Grundy says...

Very harsh to ban him. But this being the RFL and the Bulls he might get 6 matches. Personally I think we do need to sign some cover at HB, but if we can't get get visas for 3 weeks that scuppers it I suspect as there is not much around in this country.
Very harsh to ban him. But this being the RFL and the Bulls he might get 6 matches. Personally I think we do need to sign some cover at HB, but if we can't get get visas for 3 weeks that scuppers it I suspect as there is not much around in this country. Solomon Grundy

2:23pm Mon 24 Feb 14

mines a pint says...

Rather Addy & Kearny than McGoldrick there is a good reason why he has been without a club since departing Salford

He is not a HB & is past it

As for Brett Seymour if Wakey are willing to let him go on the back of signing Sammut it says alot about his ability or lack of it

The only thing IMO that has hampered Addy's progression has been a lack of continuity in one position & uncertainty about his future It was very late in proceeding when he was offered a contract extension

Whilst he is never going to be a world beating HB I agree wholeheartedly with FC comment I have said for a while his future is at loose , beggars me why he did not get the 13 jersey ahead of old man Walker!!!

Just as important is he knows the plays & is part of the tight group of players at Bradford who played through the last 2 years of uncertainty. He had the chance to leave the club last year but always said he wanted to stay

He will be respected for that amongst the players & will adapt better to playing SO instead of a past it journeyman HB just looking for another years easy wages
Rather Addy & Kearny than McGoldrick there is a good reason why he has been without a club since departing Salford He is not a HB & is past it As for Brett Seymour if Wakey are willing to let him go on the back of signing Sammut it says alot about his ability or lack of it The only thing IMO that has hampered Addy's progression has been a lack of continuity in one position & uncertainty about his future It was very late in proceeding when he was offered a contract extension Whilst he is never going to be a world beating HB I agree wholeheartedly with FC comment I have said for a while his future is at loose , beggars me why he did not get the 13 jersey ahead of old man Walker!!! Just as important is he knows the plays & is part of the tight group of players at Bradford who played through the last 2 years of uncertainty. He had the chance to leave the club last year but always said he wanted to stay He will be respected for that amongst the players & will adapt better to playing SO instead of a past it journeyman HB just looking for another years easy wages mines a pint

8:35pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Alhaurinrhino says...

mines a pint wrote:
Rather Addy & Kearny than McGoldrick there is a good reason why he has been without a club since departing Salford

He is not a HB & is past it

As for Brett Seymour if Wakey are willing to let him go on the back of signing Sammut it says alot about his ability or lack of it

The only thing IMO that has hampered Addy's progression has been a lack of continuity in one position & uncertainty about his future It was very late in proceeding when he was offered a contract extension

Whilst he is never going to be a world beating HB I agree wholeheartedly with FC comment I have said for a while his future is at loose , beggars me why he did not get the 13 jersey ahead of old man Walker!!!

Just as important is he knows the plays & is part of the tight group of players at Bradford who played through the last 2 years of uncertainty. He had the chance to leave the club last year but always said he wanted to stay

He will be respected for that amongst the players & will adapt better to playing SO instead of a past it journeyman HB just looking for another years easy wages
Plank.
Seymour plays for Cas
[quote][p][bold]mines a pint[/bold] wrote: Rather Addy & Kearny than McGoldrick there is a good reason why he has been without a club since departing Salford He is not a HB & is past it As for Brett Seymour if Wakey are willing to let him go on the back of signing Sammut it says alot about his ability or lack of it The only thing IMO that has hampered Addy's progression has been a lack of continuity in one position & uncertainty about his future It was very late in proceeding when he was offered a contract extension Whilst he is never going to be a world beating HB I agree wholeheartedly with FC comment I have said for a while his future is at loose , beggars me why he did not get the 13 jersey ahead of old man Walker!!! Just as important is he knows the plays & is part of the tight group of players at Bradford who played through the last 2 years of uncertainty. He had the chance to leave the club last year but always said he wanted to stay He will be respected for that amongst the players & will adapt better to playing SO instead of a past it journeyman HB just looking for another years easy wages[/p][/quote]Plank. Seymour plays for Cas Alhaurinrhino

9:20pm Mon 24 Feb 14

bradfordbronco says...

Must admit I had my doubts about Addy when he 1st arrived on the scene. I thought he'd never make it in SL. Danny is now one of our strongest players and improving with every game.100% effort week. He's just the sort of player we need when we're up against it. He brings out the best in others around him. As he matures he will instil the winning attitude sadly lacking in some of our senior players over the past few years. Looking forward to him teaming up with Ferguson once again.
Must admit I had my doubts about Addy when he 1st arrived on the scene. I thought he'd never make it in SL. Danny is now one of our strongest players and improving with every game.100% effort week. He's just the sort of player we need when we're up against it. He brings out the best in others around him. As he matures he will instil the winning attitude sadly lacking in some of our senior players over the past few years. Looking forward to him teaming up with Ferguson once again. bradfordbronco

9:52pm Mon 24 Feb 14

bradfordbronco says...

6 players charged after this weekends games. Addy isn't one of them, although Scott Moore , London Broncos is.

We need to be careful this weekend. London have added 2 more Aussies players this week and they will get better as the season goes on. We can't think beating Wakefield is job done and this week is just a formality. We need to be on top of game for this one and win in style, not just scrape home, or worse still get caught out by them
6 players charged after this weekends games. Addy isn't one of them, although Scott Moore , London Broncos is. We need to be careful this weekend. London have added 2 more Aussies players this week and they will get better as the season goes on. We can't think beating Wakefield is job done and this week is just a formality. We need to be on top of game for this one and win in style, not just scrape home, or worse still get caught out by them bradfordbronco

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