Bradford Bulls: It's Fergie time! Dale's rapid recovery puts him in frame to face Oldham in Challenge Cup

The Bulls are desperate for reinforcements for their small squad, so will be delighted if they are able to call on Scotland international Dale Ferguson for the first time this season

The Bulls are desperate for reinforcements for their small squad, so will be delighted if they are able to call on Scotland international Dale Ferguson for the first time this season

First published in Sport Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford Bulls Reporter

Dale Ferguson is eyeing a return to action in Sunday’s Challenge Cup tie with Oldham as the Bulls close in on a new signing.

Ferguson has been hampered by a persistent back injury since pre-season and his only appearance for the Bulls so far was in the friendly defeat to Castleford on February 2.

Following a recent operation, it was thought the Scotland forward would be sidelined for several months but his rehab has progressed far better than anticipated and he could feature this weekend.

The close-season signing from Huddersfield said: “I’m training fully with the squad and am back lifting weights that I was doing previously, so fingers crossed I could play on Sunday.

“It would be a good opportunity to get some time under my belt and then hopefully I can kick on for the Super League game against Salford the week after.

“It’s very positive because at first I thought I would be out for ten weeks but now, three weeks later, I have knuckled down and I’m feeling good.

“It’s probably been the most frustrating period of my career because I wanted to come here and prove myself to everyone.

“But hopefully that’s all behind me now and I’m pretty confident that it is.

“I’ll do my best if selected by Franny this weekend – I’ll rip in and give my all because I believe in these boys and I’m sure they all believe in me.”

Head coach Francis Cummins confirmed yesterday that he was “very close” to adding to his squad, with a prop in his sights.

But he will be forced to make do without on-loan duo Anthony Mullally and Danny Bridge on Sunday.

Neither player has been granted permission to play by their parent clubs and Tom Olbison is suspended, but Jamie Foster is fit to return and Cummins could hand opportunities to youngsters such as Adam Brook and Sam Bates.

The Bulls coach said there was a prospect of Liam Sutcliffe returning to Odsal for another loan period, although fellow stand-off Lee Gaskell is on course to be available to face Salford next Friday.

Cummins, who won the Challenge Cup as a player with Leeds in 1999, said: “Dale is back in full training and we’ll make a call on him towards the end of the week.

“He’s ticked every box so far and that’s really pleasing.

“I wouldn’t rule out Liam Sutcliffe coming back on loan, so we’ll see on that one but he’s benefited from being here.

“The good news is that Lee’s not far away at all – his brace is off his knee and he’s looking in really good shape. He could be in contention for Salford next week all being well.”

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7:51am Thu 3 Apr 14

Van Bellen's Baby says...

Prognosis 10 weeks but back in 3: sounds very soon to me. Is it worth the risk for a cup tie against lower league opposition?
Prognosis 10 weeks but back in 3: sounds very soon to me. Is it worth the risk for a cup tie against lower league opposition? Van Bellen's Baby
  • Score: 5

8:40am Thu 3 Apr 14

bully4us says...

Possibly give him a couple of 10 minute spells to help his fitness. Not unexpected about the loans. Their clubs won't want them cup-tied in case they need them back for one of the other rounds. Getting Fergusson, Gaskell, George and another prop plus Diskin and Sidlow soon will make the team look much stronger. That Salford game is now a vital game for us.
Possibly give him a couple of 10 minute spells to help his fitness. Not unexpected about the loans. Their clubs won't want them cup-tied in case they need them back for one of the other rounds. Getting Fergusson, Gaskell, George and another prop plus Diskin and Sidlow soon will make the team look much stronger. That Salford game is now a vital game for us. bully4us
  • Score: 6

9:36am Thu 3 Apr 14

BBARL6 says...

jamal fakir n hi way to Bulls!!!!!!
jamal fakir n hi way to Bulls!!!!!! BBARL6
  • Score: 0

10:42am Thu 3 Apr 14

Solomon Grundy says...

Fakir is here by all accounts, a good player no question - if he wants to play, sounds like something went awry at Catalans, we need another big impact forward to add size and power as well as him. Good news that Ferguson is ready to play and Gaskell too. COYB!!
Fakir is here by all accounts, a good player no question - if he wants to play, sounds like something went awry at Catalans, we need another big impact forward to add size and power as well as him. Good news that Ferguson is ready to play and Gaskell too. COYB!! Solomon Grundy
  • Score: 1

11:03am Thu 3 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

Ha Ha Viking is this the big signing ? A french fella kicked out at Catalan and vastly overweight , At least Wibsey fast food shops will be happy.
Ha Ha Viking is this the big signing ? A french fella kicked out at Catalan and vastly overweight , At least Wibsey fast food shops will be happy. axelf1963
  • Score: -6

12:38pm Thu 3 Apr 14

raisemeup says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Ha Ha Viking is this the big signing ? A french fella kicked out at Catalan and vastly overweight , At least Wibsey fast food shops will be happy.
So to be perfectly straight: Axlef 1963 and axelf1963 are two different people

Ones a complete ar.. and the other isn't?

the elf is the ar.. hol. bar none, is that right axelf?
answers are not required, your childlike repost will confirm the question!
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Ha Ha Viking is this the big signing ? A french fella kicked out at Catalan and vastly overweight , At least Wibsey fast food shops will be happy.[/p][/quote]So to be perfectly straight: Axlef 1963 and axelf1963 are two different people Ones a complete ar.. and the other isn't? the elf is the ar.. hol. bar none, is that right axelf? answers are not required, your childlike repost will confirm the question! raisemeup
  • Score: -1

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