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Bradford Bulls: Adrian Purtell puts club before contract
Adrian Purtell says he is more bothered about helping the Bulls to return to winning ways than sorting out his own future.
The Australian centre is one of a number of players whose contract expire at the end of the season.
He is in the third and final year of the deal he signed when he arrived from Penrith Panthers ahead of the 2012 campaign.
And the 29-year-old admits he does not know where he will be playing next term as the Bulls battle to stay in Super League.
Purtell said: “I’m up at the end of this year but first and foremost I just want to start winning some games for Bradford. If we’re winning and I’m playing well then the rest looks after itself.
“You always want to know where your future lies, especially as you get older, but at the moment we’ve got more important things to be dealing with.
“That’s getting back to zero points and start winning some games.”
Purtell says he was left shocked by the manner of his side’s capitulation at Wigan on Easter Monday.
It was a club-record defeat which Bulls managing director Steve Ferres branded a “truly woeful and embarrassing display” in a statement the following day.
“I haven’t experienced anything like that since I’ve been playing,” admitted Purtell.
“It was very disappointing but the fans stuck with us right to the end and I want to thank them for that.
“It was always going to be a tough game because we are low on numbers, but that’s no excuse.
“You play with a certain amount of pride when you pull on any Super League jumper, let alone one as famous as the Bradford Bulls.
“It wasn’t good enough at any level and we’re going to work hard to look and try and turn it around quickly.
“We are making the same errors every week at the moment.
“We’ve got to really address that and turn things around fast.”
The Bulls will seek to halt their slide with a victory over Catalan Dragons in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup fifth-round on Sunday.
Purtell said: “That’s the best thing about rugby league – you get the opportunity to right your wrongs a week later.
“We’ve got to get back on that horse straight away and the Cup game this weekend gives us an opportunity to start putting things right again.”
The Bulls should be boosted by the return of Adam Sidlow, Jamie Foster, Luke George and Matt Diskin for Sunday’s encounter.
But Matty Blythe, who is out for eight weeks with a knee injury, James Donaldson and Dale Ferguson are set to remain sidelined.
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