We won’t be distracted by points appeal, says Bradford Bulls ace Brett Kearney

Brett Kearney is fully focused on a daunting run fixtures against Super League's big guns

Brett Kearney is fully focused on a daunting run fixtures against Super League's big guns

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

Brett Kearney admits a successful appeal against their points penalty would give the Bulls a “massive boost” in their fight to stay in Super League.

But he says the players will not allow themselves to be side-tracked by the process and will plough on “as if the points are gone”.

Francis Cummins’ men currently lie bottom of the table on minus two after being docked six points for entering administration.

But the RFL this week granted them an appeal and the Bulls must now prove to an independent panel that administration was “unforeseeable and unavoidable”.

Kearney will make his 100th appearance for the club against arch-rivals Leeds tomorrow as Bradford bid to avoid a sixth straight defeat.

The Australian full back said: “The points appeal is not something that’s in our control but, as a player, at least you can feel the club are fighting for you.

“If we could get some points back, it would be a massive boost for the players and the club. If we’re not successful, we can’t let our heads drop.

“We’ve not been good enough to get any points in our last five games and we’re still on minus two, so we’ve got to concentrate on the next period as if the points are gone.”

The Bulls’ appeal is expected to be held during the next fortnight and it is hoped they will win back at least two points.

They must now look to stop the rot heading into a daunting run of fixtures which sees them take on Leeds and Wigan over Easter before matches against Catalan, Warrington, St Helens, Huddersfield and Catalan again.

Head coach Cummins said: “We’ve got to perform better than we have been doing because you’ve got to be at your best against the top teams.

“If you’re not then you’re going to get punished. The players and the staff have shown enough fighting spirit throughout all the dodgy times.

“We just need to do the stuff we practice and get it right. If we do that then we’ve got a chance against anyone.

“It would be great to get any points back. It’s obviously not in our hands but I hope everything happens and falls in our favour for once. It would be nice to put some pressure on other clubs then.”

Cummins has recalled Tom Olbison and Danny Bridge to his squad for tomorrow’s match but Anthony Mullally has returned to Huddersfield.

The Bulls boss is considering making changes after Friday’s reverse to Salford and added: “We’ve not got loads of options but there will have to be changes.

“That creates opportunities for other people and that’s what we want.

“We’ve got two games in four days so everyone is probably going to feature over Easter.

“Whoever I believe is the right combination will get the nod to play against Leeds.”

Cummins is not close to adding to his squad but believes the market will begin to open up after Easter.

He said: “We’re not in a position to take any foreign players being a new company.

“Normally it’s two weeks after the club gets taken over that you get some kind of certificate. It’s not happened yet so we’re chasing it and trying to get that to happen.

“After the Challenge Cup ties there will probably be more players who become available.”

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11:04am Wed 16 Apr 14

grizzly4578 says...

Every trick in book buy the desperate bulls to stay in super league.
this club thinks it has a god given right to stay in this league.
you went bust spent over 30million in sky money biggest sponsors biggest crowds more success than any other club.
feel sorry for fans they blameless
take your punishment bulls
if I was a wildcat fan would be watching this closely
Every trick in book buy the desperate bulls to stay in super league. this club thinks it has a god given right to stay in this league. you went bust spent over 30million in sky money biggest sponsors biggest crowds more success than any other club. feel sorry for fans they blameless take your punishment bulls if I was a wildcat fan would be watching this closely grizzly4578
  • Score: -18

11:06am Wed 16 Apr 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Bulls have spent over £30m in sky money. When did this happen?
Bulls have spent over £30m in sky money. When did this happen? Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 9

11:14am Wed 16 Apr 14

grizzly4578 says...

since super league started add it up
since super league started add it up grizzly4578
  • Score: -13

11:19am Wed 16 Apr 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

So they have spent money they were entitled to. Thats not the problem. It's spending the money they never had that was the problem.

Not all fans think the club has a god given right to be in the super league, many on here do as can be seen by the comments. Some seem to think the league table should be made up on attendances rather than results.
So they have spent money they were entitled to. Thats not the problem. It's spending the money they never had that was the problem. Not all fans think the club has a god given right to be in the super league, many on here do as can be seen by the comments. Some seem to think the league table should be made up on attendances rather than results. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: -1

11:34am Wed 16 Apr 14

grizzly4578 says...

very true spent money never had ripped off local compans
as for table should be on attendace ha ha
fans deserve better time to drop down lick your wounds come back on a sound footing
very true spent money never had ripped off local compans as for table should be on attendace ha ha fans deserve better time to drop down lick your wounds come back on a sound footing grizzly4578
  • Score: -17

12:41pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Sheffieldbull says...

grizzly4578 wrote:
Every trick in book buy the desperate bulls to stay in super league.
this club thinks it has a god given right to stay in this league.
you went bust spent over 30million in sky money biggest sponsors biggest crowds more success than any other club.
feel sorry for fans they blameless
take your punishment bulls
if I was a wildcat fan would be watching this closely
Obviously, this was scribed by a bear with a sore something or other.

I find there are a couple of fatal flaws in your argument. “The fans are blameless” and “take your punishment bulls” Now which is it? Who do you want punished? The Bulls? That would be Marc Green then, yes, quite right, punish him! Sticks his money into a struggling Sports Club and wants to make it as successful as possible...the bounder! Yes, we definitely need him punished. And whilst he’s been punished the people who have caused all these problems over the years are nowhere to be seen. So step forward Fans and receive your punishment which you so richly don’t deserve!
So, just supposing you were a Wildcat fan, which obviously, you are not, what exactly, would you be watching closely for? Maybe an increase in the £1.2 financial penalty incurred over two seasons? (I wonder if the Wildcats used any of their shares of that to pay off any their creditors) Maybe an increase in the points deduction to say 8 (double that of the Wildcats eh?) Yes, that would really stick it to Messrs Caisley, Hood, Khan and Co wouldn’t it?

However, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us all. Maybe now’s the time for you to go and do whatever it is that bears are supposed to do in the woods...or maybe the The Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
[quote][p][bold]grizzly4578[/bold] wrote: Every trick in book buy the desperate bulls to stay in super league. this club thinks it has a god given right to stay in this league. you went bust spent over 30million in sky money biggest sponsors biggest crowds more success than any other club. feel sorry for fans they blameless take your punishment bulls if I was a wildcat fan would be watching this closely[/p][/quote]Obviously, this was scribed by a bear with a sore something or other. I find there are a couple of fatal flaws in your argument. “The fans are blameless” and “take your punishment bulls” Now which is it? Who do you want punished? The Bulls? That would be Marc Green then, yes, quite right, punish him! Sticks his money into a struggling Sports Club and wants to make it as successful as possible...the bounder! Yes, we definitely need him punished. And whilst he’s been punished the people who have caused all these problems over the years are nowhere to be seen. So step forward Fans and receive your punishment which you so richly don’t deserve! So, just supposing you were a Wildcat fan, which obviously, you are not, what exactly, would you be watching closely for? Maybe an increase in the £1.2 financial penalty incurred over two seasons? (I wonder if the Wildcats used any of their shares of that to pay off any their creditors) Maybe an increase in the points deduction to say 8 (double that of the Wildcats eh?) Yes, that would really stick it to Messrs Caisley, Hood, Khan and Co wouldn’t it? However, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us all. Maybe now’s the time for you to go and do whatever it is that bears are supposed to do in the woods...or maybe the The Rapid Solicitors Stadium. Sheffieldbull
  • Score: 19

1:41pm Wed 16 Apr 14

grizzly4578 says...

now the bull has got that off his chest
no grudge with bulls went bust deducted points
stop trying to worm out of punishent
now the bull has got that off his chest no grudge with bulls went bust deducted points stop trying to worm out of punishent grizzly4578
  • Score: -9

2:15pm Wed 16 Apr 14

blue marlin says...

like alot of things in life the guilty get away scott free,
but was it not marc green who took them into admin?
On another not why arnt the T and A allowing comments on the OK Bulls story?
like alot of things in life the guilty get away scott free, but was it not marc green who took them into admin? On another not why arnt the T and A allowing comments on the OK Bulls story? blue marlin
  • Score: 3

4:02pm Wed 16 Apr 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Grizzly 4578 or is it Oswald 777 or is it Axelf13,maybe Bierley Boy,definitely T.B.C.go back to sleep you should still be in hibernation or Wetherspoons.
Grizzly 4578 or is it Oswald 777 or is it Axelf13,maybe Bierley Boy,definitely T.B.C.go back to sleep you should still be in hibernation or Wetherspoons. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 4

4:15pm Wed 16 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

spangles go bore someone else on a different site
spangles go bore someone else on a different site axelf1963
  • Score: -5

5:14pm Wed 16 Apr 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Axelf1963,
So you do not reckon you are the most boring thing ever to post on any site.
Axelf1963, So you do not reckon you are the most boring thing ever to post on any site. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: -3

7:07pm Wed 16 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

You are Old and boring where as I am the forum darling
You are Old and boring where as I am the forum darling axelf1963
  • Score: -1

9:44pm Wed 16 Apr 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

what a surprise that the comments section is closed on the OK article.
what a surprise that the comments section is closed on the OK article. fedupwiththeBS
  • Score: 0

10:46pm Wed 16 Apr 14

bradfordbronco says...

spanglishbull.uk wrote:
Grizzly 4578 or is it Oswald 777 or is it Axelf13,maybe Bierley Boy,definitely T.B.C.go back to sleep you should still be in hibernation or Wetherspoons.
Def Axelf1963. The little "ha ha" gave it away. Plus choosing a name followed by a number.
[quote][p][bold]spanglishbull.uk[/bold] wrote: Grizzly 4578 or is it Oswald 777 or is it Axelf13,maybe Bierley Boy,definitely T.B.C.go back to sleep you should still be in hibernation or Wetherspoons.[/p][/quote]Def Axelf1963. The little "ha ha" gave it away. Plus choosing a name followed by a number. bradfordbronco
  • Score: 1

6:25am Thu 17 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

Wrong again
Only axel on here.
Wrong again Only axel on here. axelf1963
  • Score: 0

9:06am Thu 17 Apr 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Axelf,
6.25 a.m Police moved you on from your doorway have they?Do not forget to put your brown paper bag in the bin,not the floor.Keep Bradford Tidy.
Axelf, 6.25 a.m Police moved you on from your doorway have they?Do not forget to put your brown paper bag in the bin,not the floor.Keep Bradford Tidy. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 0

9:43am Thu 17 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

I was just getting home spangles and am now watching tv while the posters farm my next pay Packet
I was just getting home spangles and am now watching tv while the posters farm my next pay Packet axelf1963
  • Score: 0

10:13am Thu 17 Apr 14

oswald777 says...

I agree with Kearny, the Bulls won't be distracted.....We'll still be terrible.
I agree with Kearny, the Bulls won't be distracted.....We'll still be terrible. oswald777
  • Score: 0

10:18am Thu 17 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

Earn that should say whoops
Earn that should say whoops axelf1963
  • Score: 0

7:49am Fri 18 Apr 14

bradfordbronco says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Earn that should say whoops
Don't bother correcting yourself. nobody else was interested anyway.
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Earn that should say whoops[/p][/quote]Don't bother correcting yourself. nobody else was interested anyway. bradfordbronco
  • Score: 0

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