George says failing to dislodge Kear from Bradford Bulls starting line-up would not be quite as big a blow as one he received against Broncos (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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George says failing to dislodge Kear from Bradford Bulls starting line-up would not be quite as big a blow as one he received against London Broncos
Not much has been seen of Luke George since his close-season move from tomorrow’s opponents Huddersfield.
The winger missed all three pre-season friendlies due to injury before finally making his debut in last month’s win at Wakefield.
He was picked ahead of Elliot Kear that night and scored a try in a 23-10 win, subsequently keeping his place for the following match against London.
Just when his Bulls career looked to be up and running, he was knocked out in a tackle as he attempted to score a try that was not given.
The concussion he suffered against the Broncos reduced him to the sidelines during last week’s defeat at Hull FC.
Now he is available again this weekend, it remains to be seen whether Francis Cummins will recall him to the side or stick with Kear.
“I’m not counting on going straight back in but hopefully I’ll get the opportunity on Sunday,” said George ahead of the visit of his former club.
“There’s no reason why Franny wouldn’t stick with the players who played last week but if I get my opportunity then I’ll give everything I’ve got.
“Elliot Kear is a really good player so to get the call ahead of him against Wakefield was kind of an honour really.
“But there is competition for places so if you slip up in one game then you could be out. That keeps you on your toes.”
George, 26, was actually fit to play at Hull but RFL rules prevented it.
He explained: “The new laws they brought in this season means it has to be 144 hours before you can play again. That’s six days, and it was only five days in between playing, so I wasn’t eligible last week.
“I don’t really know what happened in that tackle against London because I can’t remember after being knocked out.
“I actually got over the line but it wasn’t given.
“I’m fully fit now, though, and ready to show what I can do if selected.
“I always say that you never play a perfect game because there are always things you can work on.
“I’d like to improve on my two games so far and take it to Huddersfield.”
Despite an outstanding 2012 campaign which harvested 15 Super League tries – including three hat-tricks in his first seven games – George was used only sparingly by Giants boss Paul Anderson last season.
After falling down the pecking order at his hometown club, Huddersfield-born George was happy to sign a two-year deal with the Bulls and is now aiming to kick on for the rest of the season.
George’s father Wilfred was also a renowned winger, helping Halifax to Challenge Cup glory in 1987.
The Bulls star added: “My time at Huddersfield is done with now and I’ve got to look forward to my Bradford career.
“It was good while I was there but I am here now and that’s my main focus.
“My dad comes to nearly every game we play and he’s always there to support me.
“If I think I’ve played well, he’s always got something to say about where he thinks I can do something differently or better.
“Obviously the game has changed a lot since he played but it’s always good to get his input, especially as he played at a high level and won the Challenge Cup. The information he gives me is valuable.”
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