Cummins praises Sutcliffe’s short and sweet stay at Bradford Bulls (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Francis Cummins praises Leeds Rhinos youngster Liam Sutcliffe’s short and sweet stay at Bradford Bulls
Bulls coach Francis Cummins has paid tribute to Leeds teenager Liam Sutcliffe following the end of his loan spell at Odsal.
The highly-rated stand-off played four matches for Bradford during his four-week stay and scored one try.
He came off the bench in his first appearance at Hull FC on March 7 and went on to start against Huddersfield, Hull KR and Widnes.
Sutcliffe, 19, enjoyed arguably his best match for the Bulls in Sunday’s defeat at Widnes, scoring a first-half try, but has now returned to Headingley.
Cummins, who is aiming to bolster his squad with new recruits, believes Sutcliffe’s stay has benefited all parties.
He said: “Liam has been fantastic for us and provided another number for us in a key position.
“In return, we have been able to give him some valuable game-time in Super League.
“He has certainly impressed and has begun to work out his game.
“Having played on the front at Leeds, coming to Bradford to play on the back foot – at the moment – is not easy to do.
“I believe both parties have benefited from his move and I would like to thank (Leeds coach) Brian McDermott and (chief executive) Gary Hetherington for their assistance.
“They were more than willing to help us and I must pay tribute to them both for their kindness.”
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