Jamal Fakir signs for Bradford Bulls

Jamal Fakir with Francis Cummins at today's press conference

Jamal Fakir with Francis Cummins at today's press conference

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Former Catalan Dragons prop Jamal Fakir was today unveiled as the Bulls’ first signing since new owner Marc Green took control of the club.

The Dragons released Morocco-born Fakir last month after he refused to play with reserve club Saint Esteve XIII for the remainder of the French season.

The Perpignan-based outfit had released an earlier statement stating the 31-year-old France international had been dropped after being below-par in the opening weeks of the season.

Fakir played in the club's first-ever Super League clash against Wigan and was expected to retire but has now been persuaded to take up the challenge at Odsal.

He could make his debut in Sunday’s Tetley’s Challenge Cup fourth-round tie at home to Oldham.

Bulls head coach Francis Cummins, who is hoping to sign another front rower, said: "Generally these type of players don't become available.

"To bring in someone of Jamal's experience and quality, at this stage of the season, I would deem a massive coup for this club."

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11:34am Thu 3 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

Ha Ha Viking is this your big signing ? Wigan are in shock to have missed out on this one,
Ha Ha Viking is this your big signing ? Wigan are in shock to have missed out on this one, axelf1963
  • Score: -31

11:41am Thu 3 Apr 14

Van Bellen's Baby says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Ha Ha Viking is this your big signing ? Wigan are in shock to have missed out on this one,
Who is this Viking that you seem obsessed with?
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Ha Ha Viking is this your big signing ? Wigan are in shock to have missed out on this one,[/p][/quote]Who is this Viking that you seem obsessed with? Van Bellen's Baby
  • Score: 6

11:45am Thu 3 Apr 14

bartsbull says...

Great signing just what we need a hard nose prop lets hope for some more good news for all the doubt ers
Great signing just what we need a hard nose prop lets hope for some more good news for all the doubt ers bartsbull
  • Score: 18

11:54am Thu 3 Apr 14

Videoref says...

Good signing that-headcase who can do some damage for us!
Good signing that-headcase who can do some damage for us! Videoref
  • Score: 2

11:57am Thu 3 Apr 14

Bowlingboy says...

Ryan Bailey next?
Ryan Bailey next? Bowlingboy
  • Score: 2

11:59am Thu 3 Apr 14

bullybullman says...

Excellent signing just what`s needed.
Excellent signing just what`s needed. bullybullman
  • Score: 6

12:01pm Thu 3 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

And catalan sacked him because ?
Did not know bradford needed any traffic wardens
And catalan sacked him because ? Did not know bradford needed any traffic wardens axelf1963
  • Score: -17

12:02pm Thu 3 Apr 14

tuono 59 says...

good news lets hope he plays with a point to prove
good news lets hope he plays with a point to prove tuono 59
  • Score: 6

12:22pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Solomon Grundy says...

This guy is a hard running impact forward, when the dragons were a good side a couple of years back he was massive for them, we need him back to his best and if he is then he will really give us something. Good signing.
This guy is a hard running impact forward, when the dragons were a good side a couple of years back he was massive for them, we need him back to his best and if he is then he will really give us something. Good signing. Solomon Grundy
  • Score: 13

12:23pm Thu 3 Apr 14

THEMANOFSTEEL says...

With a bit of luck we could have this starting line up against Salford

I am well there at Odsal next Friday

Kearney
Kear
Henry
Purtell
Foster
Addy
Gale
Manuakofoa
Obrien
Fakir
Ferguson
Olbison
Donaldson

Subs
Blythe
Mullally
Bridge
Walker


That’s a decent size team is that!

Poor Obrian will prob have to play 80 mins

Would be amazing if Gaskell was back
With a bit of luck we could have this starting line up against Salford I am well there at Odsal next Friday Kearney Kear Henry Purtell Foster Addy Gale Manuakofoa Obrien Fakir Ferguson Olbison Donaldson Subs Blythe Mullally Bridge Walker That’s a decent size team is that! Poor Obrian will prob have to play 80 mins Would be amazing if Gaskell was back THEMANOFSTEEL
  • Score: 8

12:24pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Bone_idle18 says...

axelf1963 wrote:
And catalan sacked him because ?
Did not know bradford needed any traffic wardens
they didn't sack him.

Anyone remember when Paul Anderson left us? He was not at his best, standard had dropped, but a change of environment re-invigorated him and he was a massive hit as Saints.

I hope Fakir gets a new lease of life and new found enthusiasm at the Bulls.
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: And catalan sacked him because ? Did not know bradford needed any traffic wardens[/p][/quote]they didn't sack him. Anyone remember when Paul Anderson left us? He was not at his best, standard had dropped, but a change of environment re-invigorated him and he was a massive hit as Saints. I hope Fakir gets a new lease of life and new found enthusiasm at the Bulls. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 6

12:30pm Thu 3 Apr 14

tuono 59 says...

one more big prop we could start to move up the table .is anyone else just a little bit excited?
one more big prop we could start to move up the table .is anyone else just a little bit excited? tuono 59
  • Score: 17

12:35pm Thu 3 Apr 14

nosher says...

Good signing. Plenty of experience. Hope we don't sign bailey. Never rated him as a rugby player, cheap shots, yes he is good.
Good signing. Plenty of experience. Hope we don't sign bailey. Never rated him as a rugby player, cheap shots, yes he is good. nosher
  • Score: -3

12:36pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Scrouge says...

Van Bellen's Baby wrote:
axelf1963 wrote:
Ha Ha Viking is this your big signing ? Wigan are in shock to have missed out on this one,
Who is this Viking that you seem obsessed with?
Its Duffy the PR. USES other names, the same style, Bitter. Show him the Door and way back to Rhinos.
[quote][p][bold]Van Bellen's Baby[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Ha Ha Viking is this your big signing ? Wigan are in shock to have missed out on this one,[/p][/quote]Who is this Viking that you seem obsessed with?[/p][/quote]Its Duffy the PR. USES other names, the same style, Bitter. Show him the Door and way back to Rhinos. Scrouge
  • Score: 1

12:47pm Thu 3 Apr 14

axelff1963 obsessed by viking says...

Great signing, he possesses something we have badly missed, hes aggressive and has a nasty side.
Great signing, he possesses something we have badly missed, hes aggressive and has a nasty side. axelff1963 obsessed by viking
  • Score: 10

12:54pm Thu 3 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
axelf1963 wrote:
And catalan sacked him because ?
Did not know bradford needed any traffic wardens
they didn't sack him.

Anyone remember when Paul Anderson left us? He was not at his best, standard had dropped, but a change of environment re-invigorated him and he was a massive hit as Saints.

I hope Fakir gets a new lease of life and new found enthusiasm at the Bulls.
Not in as many words no but read the story too he refused to go out to other French side to regain his fitness/ form so does not like doing as he is told either.
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: And catalan sacked him because ? Did not know bradford needed any traffic wardens[/p][/quote]they didn't sack him. Anyone remember when Paul Anderson left us? He was not at his best, standard had dropped, but a change of environment re-invigorated him and he was a massive hit as Saints. I hope Fakir gets a new lease of life and new found enthusiasm at the Bulls.[/p][/quote]Not in as many words no but read the story too he refused to go out to other French side to regain his fitness/ form so does not like doing as he is told either. axelf1963
  • Score: 5

1:04pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Simply the truth. says...

Good signing. We need some muscle and experience
Good signing. We need some muscle and experience Simply the truth.
  • Score: 1

1:24pm Thu 3 Apr 14

portugalbull says...

Positive news for a change.
Should be interesting games against Catalan, but FC will have to keep the aggression from him under control. Penalties, cards etc, do the team no favours.
Now looking forward to driving to our nearest ground, it only takes 2 days each way. CoyB's
Positive news for a change. Should be interesting games against Catalan, but FC will have to keep the aggression from him under control. Penalties, cards etc, do the team no favours. Now looking forward to driving to our nearest ground, it only takes 2 days each way. CoyB's portugalbull
  • Score: 1

1:27pm Thu 3 Apr 14

bullybullman says...

Well done again Franny ! big boost for us.
Well done again Franny ! big boost for us. bullybullman
  • Score: 8

1:29pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Bowlingboy says...

If we can make a couple more signings It will give us a big chance,.
If we can make a couple more signings It will give us a big chance,. Bowlingboy
  • Score: 2

2:46pm Thu 3 Apr 14

no1smytho says...

THEMANOFSTEEL wrote:
With a bit of luck we could have this starting line up against Salford

I am well there at Odsal next Friday

Kearney
Kear
Henry
Purtell
Foster
Addy
Gale
Manuakofoa
Obrien
Fakir
Ferguson
Olbison
Donaldson

Subs
Blythe
Mullally
Bridge
Walker


That’s a decent size team is that!

Poor Obrian will prob have to play 80 mins

Would be amazing if Gaskell was back
kear
foster
henry
blythe
purts
kearney
gale
mullally
obrien
manuakofoa
olby
addy
donno

fakir
walker
bridge
ferguson
is my prefered line up for salford
[quote][p][bold]THEMANOFSTEEL[/bold] wrote: With a bit of luck we could have this starting line up against Salford I am well there at Odsal next Friday Kearney Kear Henry Purtell Foster Addy Gale Manuakofoa Obrien Fakir Ferguson Olbison Donaldson Subs Blythe Mullally Bridge Walker That’s a decent size team is that! Poor Obrian will prob have to play 80 mins Would be amazing if Gaskell was back[/p][/quote]kear foster henry blythe purts kearney gale mullally obrien manuakofoa olby addy donno fakir walker bridge ferguson is my prefered line up for salford no1smytho
  • Score: 0

3:01pm Thu 3 Apr 14

The Man From the Pru says...

ScRouge, as your name suggests, your going to be somewhat Red Faced, by knowing, that the Iconic Viking is one on his own, not Stuart Duffy or anyone else who is associated with the Bulls management. His only tie to Odsal, is that he is a life long supporter. Unlike yourself and Axel who are the proverbial effluent stirrers.

So keep up the good work of keeping Viking in the public eye.
ScRouge, as your name suggests, your going to be somewhat Red Faced, by knowing, that the Iconic Viking is one on his own, not Stuart Duffy or anyone else who is associated with the Bulls management. His only tie to Odsal, is that he is a life long supporter. Unlike yourself and Axel who are the proverbial effluent stirrers. So keep up the good work of keeping Viking in the public eye. The Man From the Pru
  • Score: 0

3:08pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Bowlingboy says...

no1smytho wrote:
THEMANOFSTEEL wrote:
With a bit of luck we could have this starting line up against Salford

I am well there at Odsal next Friday

Kearney
Kear
Henry
Purtell
Foster
Addy
Gale
Manuakofoa
Obrien
Fakir
Ferguson
Olbison
Donaldson

Subs
Blythe
Mullally
Bridge
Walker


That’s a decent size team is that!

Poor Obrian will prob have to play 80 mins

Would be amazing if Gaskell was back
kear
foster
henry
blythe
purts
kearney
gale
mullally
obrien
manuakofoa
olby
addy
donno

fakir
walker
bridge
ferguson
is my prefered line up for salford
you never know we may have a couple more for Salford Match?
If only........
[quote][p][bold]no1smytho[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]THEMANOFSTEEL[/bold] wrote: With a bit of luck we could have this starting line up against Salford I am well there at Odsal next Friday Kearney Kear Henry Purtell Foster Addy Gale Manuakofoa Obrien Fakir Ferguson Olbison Donaldson Subs Blythe Mullally Bridge Walker That’s a decent size team is that! Poor Obrian will prob have to play 80 mins Would be amazing if Gaskell was back[/p][/quote]kear foster henry blythe purts kearney gale mullally obrien manuakofoa olby addy donno fakir walker bridge ferguson is my prefered line up for salford[/p][/quote]you never know we may have a couple more for Salford Match? If only........ Bowlingboy
  • Score: 3

3:12pm Thu 3 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

Man from the pru = Viking
August1964 = Viking
Spanglishbull= Viking
Poster who used to be male = Viking
Poster up his own **** = Viking
Invisible man when proven wrong again = Viking
Man from the pru = Viking August1964 = Viking Spanglishbull= Viking Poster who used to be male = Viking Poster up his own **** = Viking Invisible man when proven wrong again = Viking axelf1963
  • Score: -5

3:58pm Thu 3 Apr 14

The IncrediBull Sulk says...

Well Fakir me, some good news for once!!!
Well Fakir me, some good news for once!!! The IncrediBull Sulk
  • Score: 5

4:08pm Thu 3 Apr 14

The Man From the Pru says...

I love it, Viking is none of those, but keep it up. You're doing just great Axel keeping is name out there. Oh, and I believe Viking said there was going to be a signing today?
I love it, Viking is none of those, but keep it up. You're doing just great Axel keeping is name out there. Oh, and I believe Viking said there was going to be a signing today? The Man From the Pru
  • Score: -1

4:14pm Thu 3 Apr 14

1964gc says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Man from the pru = Viking
August1964 = Viking
Spanglishbull= Viking
Poster who used to be male = Viking
Poster up his own **** = Viking
Invisible man when proven wrong again = Viking
axelf1963=helmet
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Man from the pru = Viking August1964 = Viking Spanglishbull= Viking Poster who used to be male = Viking Poster up his own **** = Viking Invisible man when proven wrong again = Viking[/p][/quote]axelf1963=helmet 1964gc
  • Score: 11

4:15pm Thu 3 Apr 14

northern pig says...

If there is no transfer fee involved, agree with other posters, he is a big unit with aggression.IF he is in the right frame of mind.
If there is no transfer fee involved, agree with other posters, he is a big unit with aggression.IF he is in the right frame of mind. northern pig
  • Score: 6

4:33pm Thu 3 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

The Man From the Pru wrote:
I love it, Viking is none of those, but keep it up. You're doing just great Axel keeping is name out there. Oh, and I believe Viking said there was going to be a signing today?
He did but only due to stalking JD from radio Leeds' Twitter account
[quote][p][bold]The Man From the Pru[/bold] wrote: I love it, Viking is none of those, but keep it up. You're doing just great Axel keeping is name out there. Oh, and I believe Viking said there was going to be a signing today?[/p][/quote]He did but only due to stalking JD from radio Leeds' Twitter account axelf1963
  • Score: -4

5:10pm Thu 3 Apr 14

The Man From the Pru says...

Stalking I think not, he used that as an example. The Fakir deal has been out there for a while, as ALL true fans know. I suppose Ross at T N A was stalking JD as well. Plus all the the other reporters on other sites, they were stalkers.

Your a bloody fool aren't you AXEL. Get it into your head, no one finds you amusing, they actually feel sorry for you. The day your thoughts are respected by anyone is the day Hell will freeze over and that's never going to happen.
Stalking I think not, he used that as an example. The Fakir deal has been out there for a while, as ALL true fans know. I suppose Ross at T N A was stalking JD as well. Plus all the the other reporters on other sites, they were stalkers. Your a bloody fool aren't you AXEL. Get it into your head, no one finds you amusing, they actually feel sorry for you. The day your thoughts are respected by anyone is the day Hell will freeze over and that's never going to happen. The Man From the Pru
  • Score: 7

6:20pm Thu 3 Apr 14

The Man From the Pru says...

Shall I tell you something Axel, that is fact, Fakir signed for the Bulls on Monday, not today, thought you as a supporter, a reader of all things rugby would have known. Mind you, your lost without your mentor.
Shall I tell you something Axel, that is fact, Fakir signed for the Bulls on Monday, not today, thought you as a supporter, a reader of all things rugby would have known. Mind you, your lost without your mentor. The Man From the Pru
  • Score: 2

6:48pm Thu 3 Apr 14

nosher says...

1964gc wrote:
axelf1963 wrote:
Man from the pru = Viking
August1964 = Viking
Spanglishbull= Viking
Poster who used to be male = Viking
Poster up his own **** = Viking
Invisible man when proven wrong again = Viking
axelf1963=helmet
Bobbies helmet lol.
[quote][p][bold]1964gc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Man from the pru = Viking August1964 = Viking Spanglishbull= Viking Poster who used to be male = Viking Poster up his own **** = Viking Invisible man when proven wrong again = Viking[/p][/quote]axelf1963=helmet[/p][/quote]Bobbies helmet lol. nosher
  • Score: 4

8:50pm Thu 3 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

I think the Viking from the pru needs his meds. . . . . . Nurse
I think the Viking from the pru needs his meds. . . . . . Nurse axelf1963
  • Score: -3

8:54pm Thu 3 Apr 14

billybobbull says...

I cannot be bothered reading the BULLS hit above (from the numpties).
So here goes. Seems to me, we have a new intelligent owner, who understands RL historically and business moreso.... He understands we need SIZE NOW to stay in SL.... Great signing therefore.
For now we survive with size, forward based rugby and build on that.
Remember when we used to though it around..classy rugby,. flying backs...NO me neither.
GOOD basic signing ....
I cannot be bothered reading the BULLS hit above (from the numpties). So here goes. Seems to me, we have a new intelligent owner, who understands RL historically and business moreso.... He understands we need SIZE NOW to stay in SL.... Great signing therefore. For now we survive with size, forward based rugby and build on that. Remember when we used to though it around..classy rugby,. flying backs...NO me neither. GOOD basic signing .... billybobbull
  • Score: 2

10:49pm Thu 3 Apr 14

bradfordbronco says...

1964gc wrote:
axelf1963 wrote:
Man from the pru = Viking
August1964 = Viking
Spanglishbull= Viking
Poster who used to be male = Viking
Poster up his own **** = Viking
Invisible man when proven wrong again = Viking
axelf1963=helmet
You forgot to add the words "ha Ha" in you sentence Axelf1963 loves it. What is so amusing is that he takes the time to post the same comment on three different posts. If you missed it earlier, it goes something like this

"Ha Ha, Bet Wigan are gutted to be be missing out on signing Fakir, Ha Ha. At least the fast food shops in Wibsey will be kept busy, Ha Ha. Bet Viking will be..... blah blah blah blah blah..zzzzzzz"

A true comic genius living in our midst HA HA.
[quote][p][bold]1964gc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Man from the pru = Viking August1964 = Viking Spanglishbull= Viking Poster who used to be male = Viking Poster up his own **** = Viking Invisible man when proven wrong again = Viking[/p][/quote]axelf1963=helmet[/p][/quote]You forgot to add the words "ha Ha" in you sentence Axelf1963 loves it. What is so amusing is that he takes the time to post the same comment on three different posts. If you missed it earlier, it goes something like this "Ha Ha, Bet Wigan are gutted to be be missing out on signing Fakir, Ha Ha. At least the fast food shops in Wibsey will be kept busy, Ha Ha. Bet Viking will be..... blah blah blah blah blah..zzzzzzz" A true comic genius living in our midst HA HA. bradfordbronco
  • Score: 3

10:50pm Thu 3 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

Will be skint before he knows it, I love all this talk that mirrors what most said when ok took over.
Will be skint before he knows it, I love all this talk that mirrors what most said when ok took over. axelf1963
  • Score: -2

11:58pm Thu 3 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

Bradford bronco = bradford bore ha ha
Bradford bronco = bradford bore ha ha axelf1963
  • Score: -6

5:49am Fri 4 Apr 14

1964gc says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Bradford bronco = bradford bore ha ha
axelf1963=dicksplash
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Bradford bronco = bradford bore ha ha[/p][/quote]axelf1963=dicksplash 1964gc
  • Score: 5

6:19am Fri 4 Apr 14

flashdonut says...

axelf1963 wrote:
And catalan sacked him because ?
Did not know bradford needed any traffic wardens
I have said it before and will say it again. I enjoy some of the wind ups on here. It amazes me how some fans fall it for it day in & day out. But that comment. It is as boring and pointless as I have ever read. You hav to try a lot harder.
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: And catalan sacked him because ? Did not know bradford needed any traffic wardens[/p][/quote]I have said it before and will say it again. I enjoy some of the wind ups on here. It amazes me how some fans fall it for it day in & day out. But that comment. It is as boring and pointless as I have ever read. You hav to try a lot harder. flashdonut
  • Score: -1

5:30pm Fri 4 Apr 14

oswald777 says...

Done good to pip Dudley Hill and West Bowling for his signature, massive signing !!!!
Done good to pip Dudley Hill and West Bowling for his signature, massive signing !!!! oswald777
  • Score: -1

10:44pm Sun 6 Apr 14

bradfordbronco says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Bradford bronco = bradford bore ha ha
Is that all you got?
You're the king boring.
How many times do you mention Viking? answer at least once a day! You even have write a song about him! How many times have you repeated it? How many of your posts start or end with Ha Ha?
You don't even support the Bulls yet you have nothing else to do than read and comment about them. How bloody boring is that! Ha Ha
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Bradford bronco = bradford bore ha ha[/p][/quote]Is that all you got? You're the king boring. How many times do you mention Viking? answer at least once a day! You even have write a song about him! How many times have you repeated it? How many of your posts start or end with Ha Ha? You don't even support the Bulls yet you have nothing else to do than read and comment about them. How bloody boring is that! Ha Ha bradfordbronco
  • Score: 2

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