James Donaldson: I’ll stay and help Bradford Bulls through crisis

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: James Donaldson says he can understand Nick Scruton’s decision to leave James Donaldson says he can understand Nick Scruton’s decision to leave

In-form James Donaldson has vowed not to jump ship at Odsal as he declared: “I still believe in Bradford Bulls.”

The Cumbrian back-rower – currently the top tackler in Super League with 150 in three games – has enjoyed an outstanding start to the season and his performance during Sunday’s home win over London Broncos earned him lavish praise from Francis Cummins.

The head coach labelled Donaldson’s 80-minute display “immense” but admitted that other clubs could try and lure him and others away from the Provident Stadium in the wake of the Bulls’ ownership crisis.

Garreth Carvell, Jarrod Sammut and Nick Scruton have all left since the club entered administration on January 31 but Donaldson is determined to stay loyal.

The 22-year-old, who made his debut against Castleford in 2009, said: “I’ve been at Bradford for six years now and at the moment I’m a one-club man.

“I don’t think that’s going to change because I believe in this club and I believe we can get through this period.

“You can see the character in the team and we believe we can get these points back and stay in Super League.

“There is so much negativity surrounding Bradford right now but it doesn’t matter what other people think.

“It’s about what we believe in at training and in that changing room before a game. We’re a tight group and we know we can pull ourselves through it.”

Donaldson admitted the departure of Scruton last week was another hammer blow but said he could understand his reasons for leaving.

“It was a massive decision for Scrutes,” he added.

“I was pretty upset to see him go because he’s been a good pal to me and has been here almost as long as I have.

“We’ve been through everything together and he’s just done what is right by his family, so good on him. I can understand his decision, definitely.”

Donaldson has suffered two serious injury setbacks during his career but his ability has never been in doubt.

His current one-year deal will extend into another year if he plays a certain amount of games this season.

On present form, he is making himself indispensable to Cummins.

Donaldson said: “I’ve tried to work my socks off to do everything I can to help the team.

“I’m just paying the team back for what they do for me because it’s a team sport and we all work hard together.

“I’m pretty pleased with how I’m going but there is still room for improvement.

“I’ve needed this year and the opportunity to show what I can do.

“Franny is obviously seeing how hard I’m working in training and during games, so I’m just trying to repay him and my team-mates.”

* Donaldson made a whopping 66 tackles during Sunday’s home win over London – then added to his tally after stopping burglars in their tracks later that night.

Bulls coach Francis Cummins said: “He went home and some burglar broke in, so he tackled the burglar as well and it went up to 67.”

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10:04am Thu 6 Mar 14

vikksy says...

Thank you James, well done
Thank you James, well done vikksy
  • Score: 14

10:10am Thu 6 Mar 14

monobrow man says...

66 tackles and loads of hit ups too, Donaldson getting loads of game time is a big plus of this administration.
66 tackles and loads of hit ups too, Donaldson getting loads of game time is a big plus of this administration. monobrow man
  • Score: 17

10:32am Thu 6 Mar 14

Sheffieldbull says...

Well played Donno you epitomise the spirit at the Bulls - look forward to better times ahead.
Well played Donno you epitomise the spirit at the Bulls - look forward to better times ahead. Sheffieldbull
  • Score: 15

10:56am Thu 6 Mar 14

Solomon Grundy says...

Great player and a really nice lad too if you meet him. Delighted he's getting proper game time and his injuries are behind him. Tough night at Hull tomorrow but we can do it. COYB!!!
Great player and a really nice lad too if you meet him. Delighted he's getting proper game time and his injuries are behind him. Tough night at Hull tomorrow but we can do it. COYB!!! Solomon Grundy
  • Score: 12

10:59am Thu 6 Mar 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

I hate burglars, well done to him and for your club. If the Bulls are to survive then they need to hang on to hang on to all these good players.
I hate burglars, well done to him and for your club. If the Bulls are to survive then they need to hang on to hang on to all these good players. Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: 11

1:33pm Thu 6 Mar 14

portugalbull says...

Boy, did that burglar pick the wrong house!!
Keep up the good work, another 2points Friday
CoyB's
Boy, did that burglar pick the wrong house!! Keep up the good work, another 2points Friday CoyB's portugalbull
  • Score: 5

1:42pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Ever positive says...

portugalbull wrote:
Boy, did that burglar pick the wrong house!!
Keep up the good work, another 2points Friday
CoyB's
Lets hope the burglar was one of the idiot bloggers on here and he's behind bars now or hospital if Donno went high in the tackle.
[quote][p][bold]portugalbull[/bold] wrote: Boy, did that burglar pick the wrong house!! Keep up the good work, another 2points Friday CoyB's[/p][/quote]Lets hope the burglar was one of the idiot bloggers on here and he's behind bars now or hospital if Donno went high in the tackle. Ever positive
  • Score: 5

1:45pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Videoref says...

Top bloke-top loyalty. Think his contract should be upgraded as soon as we are a 'going concern' again
Top bloke-top loyalty. Think his contract should be upgraded as soon as we are a 'going concern' again Videoref
  • Score: 5

2:15pm Thu 6 Mar 14

northern pig says...

In our present predicament,if a club approaches Wilson the administrator with an offer for Donno He will be sold as he is an asset of the club that can be turned into cash, no matter how derisory the offer is.you would hope that common sense would prevail and that the present nucleos of players would be preserved to make the club a viable proposition for potential suitors. We will see!!
In our present predicament,if a club approaches Wilson the administrator with an offer for Donno He will be sold as he is an asset of the club that can be turned into cash, no matter how derisory the offer is.you would hope that common sense would prevail and that the present nucleos of players would be preserved to make the club a viable proposition for potential suitors. We will see!! northern pig
  • Score: 2

3:51pm Thu 6 Mar 14

oddshapedballs says...

^ d1ckhead
^ d1ckhead oddshapedballs
  • Score: 2

4:20pm Thu 6 Mar 14

bartsbull says...

This young man is a credit to the club have spoken to James and he is one of the most polite people have had the pleasure to meet

These are the guys like many others in the team we need to hold onto i do hope we all have some good news sooner than later as people have said these players wil not wait around
If they get a good offer from some other club i would not blame them for going.
We all have family to look after and i know what it feels like to wonder if you are going to be paid i have gone through the same thing a few years ago COYB
This young man is a credit to the club have spoken to James and he is one of the most polite people have had the pleasure to meet These are the guys like many others in the team we need to hold onto i do hope we all have some good news sooner than later as people have said these players wil not wait around If they get a good offer from some other club i would not blame them for going. We all have family to look after and i know what it feels like to wonder if you are going to be paid i have gone through the same thing a few years ago COYB bartsbull
  • Score: 0

5:29pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Odsal53 says...

Northern Pig
Surley if he does not want to go he doe's not have to.
Northern Pig Surley if he does not want to go he doe's not have to. Odsal53
  • Score: 2

8:04pm Thu 6 Mar 14

axelf1963 says...

Ever positive wrote:
portugalbull wrote:
Boy, did that burglar pick the wrong house!!
Keep up the good work, another 2points Friday
CoyB's
Lets hope the burglar was one of the idiot bloggers on here and he's behind bars now or hospital if Donno went high in the tackle.
Only in the team as not wanted by any serious club, A Championship player in everything but his mummys head.
[quote][p][bold]Ever positive[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]portugalbull[/bold] wrote: Boy, did that burglar pick the wrong house!! Keep up the good work, another 2points Friday CoyB's[/p][/quote]Lets hope the burglar was one of the idiot bloggers on here and he's behind bars now or hospital if Donno went high in the tackle.[/p][/quote]Only in the team as not wanted by any serious club, A Championship player in everything but his mummys head. axelf1963
  • Score: -4

9:09pm Thu 6 Mar 14

northern pig says...

Odsal53 wrote:
Northern Pig
Surley if he does not want to go he doe's not have to.
I don't want to come across as a killjoy '53' loyalty is very precious thing,and top marks to young Donno but as FC as stated with the club in a state of flux at the moment don't be too sure that a players personal preference,would count for anything.
[quote][p][bold]Odsal53[/bold] wrote: Northern Pig Surley if he does not want to go he doe's not have to.[/p][/quote]I don't want to come across as a killjoy '53' loyalty is very precious thing,and top marks to young Donno but as FC as stated with the club in a state of flux at the moment don't be too sure that a players personal preference,would count for anything. northern pig
  • Score: 0

10:04pm Thu 6 Mar 14

axelf1963 says...

Reading
Reading axelf1963
  • Score: 3

10:11pm Thu 6 Mar 14

bradfordbronco says...

Last season I was talking to a Warrington fan who travels to all their home games from Donaldson's home town in Cumbria. He told me Donno has a large Bradford Bulls flag flying outside his family home.

Donno is 100% Bradford Bulls. Top Bloke
Last season I was talking to a Warrington fan who travels to all their home games from Donaldson's home town in Cumbria. He told me Donno has a large Bradford Bulls flag flying outside his family home. Donno is 100% Bradford Bulls. Top Bloke bradfordbronco
  • Score: 4

11:20pm Thu 6 Mar 14

bradfordbronco says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Reading
Can't believe somebody actually "liked" this comment. It was just a spelling correction!! Could it be just habit of automatically selecting the "like" icon after every single post? What a sad person you are. Either that or T.V.O.R is so used to "liking" everything you say and vice versa that he didn't even bother reading it before liking it
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Reading[/p][/quote]Can't believe somebody actually "liked" this comment. It was just a spelling correction!! Could it be just habit of automatically selecting the "like" icon after every single post? What a sad person you are. Either that or T.V.O.R is so used to "liking" everything you say and vice versa that he didn't even bother reading it before liking it bradfordbronco
  • Score: -2

7:28am Fri 7 Mar 14

bradfordbronco says...

You've just "disliked" my comment and" liked" your re spelling of the word Reading again. Iits amazing.
You've just "disliked" my comment and" liked" your re spelling of the word Reading again. Iits amazing. bradfordbronco
  • Score: -2

9:18am Fri 7 Mar 14

Shipley Paul says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Ever positive wrote:
portugalbull wrote:
Boy, did that burglar pick the wrong house!!
Keep up the good work, another 2points Friday
CoyB's
Lets hope the burglar was one of the idiot bloggers on here and he's behind bars now or hospital if Donno went high in the tackle.
Only in the team as not wanted by any serious club, A Championship player in everything but his mummys head.
Clearly you haven't seen him play then. 66 tackles tells me he's every inch a Super League player and his break against Broncos leading to Addy's try was quality. Not only a top lad but a top player too.
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ever positive[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]portugalbull[/bold] wrote: Boy, did that burglar pick the wrong house!! Keep up the good work, another 2points Friday CoyB's[/p][/quote]Lets hope the burglar was one of the idiot bloggers on here and he's behind bars now or hospital if Donno went high in the tackle.[/p][/quote]Only in the team as not wanted by any serious club, A Championship player in everything but his mummys head.[/p][/quote]Clearly you haven't seen him play then. 66 tackles tells me he's every inch a Super League player and his break against Broncos leading to Addy's try was quality. Not only a top lad but a top player too. Shipley Paul
  • Score: 3

8:33pm Fri 7 Mar 14

bradfordbronco says...

Reading

3 people liked this comment so much that I'd thought I repeat it for them
Reading 3 people liked this comment so much that I'd thought I repeat it for them bradfordbronco
  • Score: -1

9:05pm Fri 7 Mar 14

bradfordbronco says...

bradfordbronco wrote:
Reading

3 people liked this comment so much that I'd thought I repeat it for them
The word Reading isn't as popular as it was last night!!
[quote][p][bold]bradfordbronco[/bold] wrote: Reading 3 people liked this comment so much that I'd thought I repeat it for them[/p][/quote]The word Reading isn't as popular as it was last night!! bradfordbronco
  • Score: 1

9:05pm Fri 7 Mar 14

bradfordbronco says...

bradfordbronco wrote:
Reading

3 people liked this comment so much that I'd thought I repeat it for them
The word Reading isn't as popular as it was last night!!
[quote][p][bold]bradfordbronco[/bold] wrote: Reading 3 people liked this comment so much that I'd thought I repeat it for them[/p][/quote]The word Reading isn't as popular as it was last night!! bradfordbronco
  • Score: 1

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