Leeds Rhinos teenager Liam Sutcliffe admits: I certainly never thought I’d be wearing a Bradford Bulls jersey

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Just don’t show this picture of Liam Sutcliffe to his dad! Just don’t show this picture of Liam Sutcliffe to his dad!

Resplendent in the red, amber and black of Bradford, Liam Sutcliffe looked every inch a Bulls player at the club’s Tong headquarters this week.

That he was born in Leeds, grew up supporting Leeds and now plays for Leeds merely adds intrigue to his move to Odsal.

The 19-year-old, rated as one of the best young players in the game, has joined the Rhinos’ fierce rivals on a month-long loan and will make his debut at Hull tonight.

During last weekend’s trip to Catalan, Leeds boss Brian McDermott asked Sutcliffe if he was keen on the move.

The answer was affirmative.

Sutcliffe, a stand-off or loose forward, said: “There was a choice of staying at Leeds and probably playing in the under-19s or coming to Bradford and playing in Super League.

“This is a great opportunity for me. I don’t know whether I can be a regular starter in Super League as I’m still only 19.

“But I feel I can cope at this level as I played 18 games last year and one this season.

“Brian said it would be great for me to come here and there has never been any doubt that Bradford are a very good team.

“What has gone on in the background at the club hasn’t been great for the players and coaching staff.

“But their attitude is superb and they don’t see themselves as a relegation club.

“They see themselves as a top-eight team and that’s what we’re aiming for. If we win at Hull then we’ve won back the six points we had docked.”

Sutcliffe cuts an impressive figure at 6ft 2in and over 14st and his running game should complement Luke Gale’s organisational skills and tactical kicking if, as expected, they are paired together during the next month.

Sutcliffe said: “I think that would work well as a partnership.

“Luke can control the game and I can get round the back of things with a bit more of a running game.”

At the end of his initial one-month loan period, Sutcliffe will be available on a week-to-week basis, raising the prospect of him facing Leeds in the Good Friday derby at Odsal on April 18.

That would cause a stir in the Sutcliffe household as he explained: “After the initial month runs out and it goes to week to week, the fifth game is against Leeds.

“Whether I’ll still be at Bradford then I’m not sure but it would be a bit weird if I did play in it.

“My dad has been a diehard Leeds fan for the last 40 years so when my move here came about I don’t think he knew what to say!

“But he’s happy for me and he’s proud of me.

“If I’m playing in the derby, he might be cheering for me but I don’t think he would be cheering for Bradford!

“I think he would still be cheering for Leeds and I certainly never thought I would be in a Bradford jersey.

“I used to stand in the South Stand when I was a kid and there is a big rivalry between the clubs. But I’d never not want to come to Bradford just because they are Leeds’ rivals.

“I wanted game-time and this is a great club to come to. Rugby league is a family sport so if one club is struggling then teams are willing to help each other.”

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10:15am Fri 7 Mar 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

T.V.O.R,Axelf,the Rhino from Spain.

Have you read this young mans statement.Rugby League is a family sport and if one team is struggling the other clubs want to help out.Which says to me that you three would never,ever be welcome into any teams supporters club.Probably thr reason none of you as ever seen a game of R.L,only on television.
T.V.O.R,Axelf,the Rhino from Spain. Have you read this young mans statement.Rugby League is a family sport and if one team is struggling the other clubs want to help out.Which says to me that you three would never,ever be welcome into any teams supporters club.Probably thr reason none of you as ever seen a game of R.L,only on television. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 10

10:37am Fri 7 Mar 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

What you harping on about? Saying things as they are isn't allowed as it's different to your opinion.
If one team is struggling the other clubs help out, isn't one of your biggest moans about the other clubs dividing central funding between themselves?
At least try stay consistent in your opinion.
What you harping on about? Saying things as they are isn't allowed as it's different to your opinion. If one team is struggling the other clubs help out, isn't one of your biggest moans about the other clubs dividing central funding between themselves? At least try stay consistent in your opinion. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: -12

10:46am Fri 7 Mar 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

T.V.O.R,
Wrong AGAIN.Four times this week now.Find me a post of mine when I have stated anything about SKY MONIES or dividing it out between other teams.You really are one THICK imbecile.You carry on coming up with absolute rubbish.You have not got a clue what you are talking about.Make it up as you go along,and NEVER,EVER admit you are wrong.You need to change your username to "BARRACK ROOM LAWYER"
T.V.O.R, Wrong AGAIN.Four times this week now.Find me a post of mine when I have stated anything about SKY MONIES or dividing it out between other teams.You really are one THICK imbecile.You carry on coming up with absolute rubbish.You have not got a clue what you are talking about.Make it up as you go along,and NEVER,EVER admit you are wrong.You need to change your username to "BARRACK ROOM LAWYER" spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 2

11:09am Fri 7 Mar 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Once again with the toddler meltdowns. I guess I was completely wrong when I said Khan and Co saddled the Bulls in massive debt, oh how the clique queued up to slag me off that day to suddenly disappear off the face of the earth when what I said was revealed by the "owners".
Always wrong me thats right. Before I even mentioned that the lot of you were believing all was ok because that is what you wanted to hear.
Maybe you'll have a go at Viking, Raisemeup and co as they have called other teams vultures and slated the clubs for taking their central funding. Why not aim a shot at FC who states clubs are vultures circling his squad in the club help club game.
Once again with the toddler meltdowns. I guess I was completely wrong when I said Khan and Co saddled the Bulls in massive debt, oh how the clique queued up to slag me off that day to suddenly disappear off the face of the earth when what I said was revealed by the "owners". Always wrong me thats right. Before I even mentioned that the lot of you were believing all was ok because that is what you wanted to hear. Maybe you'll have a go at Viking, Raisemeup and co as they have called other teams vultures and slated the clubs for taking their central funding. Why not aim a shot at FC who states clubs are vultures circling his squad in the club help club game. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: -5

11:19am Fri 7 Mar 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

T.V.O.R.
Concentrate on the post.You said I HAVE complained about SKY MONIES being witheld and distributed between other clubs.I have asked you to tell me or show me when I have ever commented on this subject.Once again you dodge the question and jump onto something else.Once again I as k you to ADMIT you are wrong,hold your hand up and apologise.You cannot because you are self deluded imbecile.
T.V.O.R. Concentrate on the post.You said I HAVE complained about SKY MONIES being witheld and distributed between other clubs.I have asked you to tell me or show me when I have ever commented on this subject.Once again you dodge the question and jump onto something else.Once again I as k you to ADMIT you are wrong,hold your hand up and apologise.You cannot because you are self deluded imbecile. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 4

11:35am Fri 7 Mar 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

This forum/comment section is as primitive as it gets. There is no search function to back up anything that is over a week old.
This forum/comment section is as primitive as it gets. There is no search function to back up anything that is over a week old. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: -3

12:02pm Fri 7 Mar 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

T.V.O.R,
Is that an admittance that you are wrong?Or are you still dodging the question.
T.V.O.R, Is that an admittance that you are wrong?Or are you still dodging the question. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 4

12:07pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

With the tools provided on this forum it's impossible to do. Moat forums allow for searching of peoples posts and that way I might be able to answer your question.
With the tools provided on this forum it's impossible to do. Moat forums allow for searching of peoples posts and that way I might be able to answer your question. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: -6

12:12pm Fri 7 Mar 14

graz smith says...

I feel for Liam’s dad, being BULLS supporter for 45 year it’s hard to see BULLS bread players in other club’s jerseys, i.e. the great JP LOL.
COM’ON YOU BULLS.
I feel for Liam’s dad, being BULLS supporter for 45 year it’s hard to see BULLS bread players in other club’s jerseys, i.e. the great JP LOL. COM’ON YOU BULLS. graz smith
  • Score: 2

12:52pm Fri 7 Mar 14

flashdonut says...

Most important bit for me is this 'If we win at Hull then we’ve won back the six points we had docked'. The fact he uses the word 'we' proves he has settled and is in the right frame of mind for causing an upset tonight. Gateshead Thunder Sharks FC are going down.
Most important bit for me is this 'If we win at Hull then we’ve won back the six points we had docked'. The fact he uses the word 'we' proves he has settled and is in the right frame of mind for causing an upset tonight. Gateshead Thunder Sharks FC are going down. flashdonut
  • Score: 2

2:01pm Fri 7 Mar 14

StevieLad says...

flashdonut wrote:
Most important bit for me is this 'If we win at Hull then we’ve won back the six points we had docked'. The fact he uses the word 'we' proves he has settled and is in the right frame of mind for causing an upset tonight. Gateshead Thunder Sharks FC are going down.
Agreed & there is a lot to be positive about in this story. What a great opportunity for a young lad to prove his worth, and help drag us out of the mire in the process.

On the other hand wait cause BlandishBull is about to score half a point against TVOR. Thrilling stuff lads keep it up
[quote][p][bold]flashdonut[/bold] wrote: Most important bit for me is this 'If we win at Hull then we’ve won back the six points we had docked'. The fact he uses the word 'we' proves he has settled and is in the right frame of mind for causing an upset tonight. Gateshead Thunder Sharks FC are going down.[/p][/quote]Agreed & there is a lot to be positive about in this story. What a great opportunity for a young lad to prove his worth, and help drag us out of the mire in the process. On the other hand wait cause BlandishBull is about to score half a point against TVOR. Thrilling stuff lads keep it up StevieLad
  • Score: 0

8:58pm Fri 7 Mar 14

bradfordbronco says...

TVOR's gone away to think about his reply. It should be good, its taken 9 hours so far!!
TVOR's gone away to think about his reply. It should be good, its taken 9 hours so far!! bradfordbronco
  • Score: 0

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