Bradford Bulls: Lee is cooking with Gas and is looking to sizzle against St Helens

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Lee Gaskell claimed three assists in the win over Warrington. He is now aiming to make Saints his third victims in a row since his successful switch to full back Lee Gaskell claimed three assists in the win over Warrington. He is now aiming to make Saints his third victims in a row since his successful switch to full back

In-form Lee Gaskell cannot wait to face his old club St Helens this weekend as he roared: “Bring it on!”

The Bulls star is in red-hot form and orchestrated the 34-28 win over Warrington with a man-of-the-match display which included three assists.

Head coach Francis Cummins has switched Gaskell from stand-off to full back in the past two games and the Bulls have reaped the benefits.

After a fine display in the Challenge Cup win over Catalan, the rangy 23-year-old created tries for Jamie Foster, Adrian Purtell and Elliot Kear against Warrington.

Gaskell said: “Playing full back gives you a bit of freedom to create things and gives me that extra space to play.

“I feel my positional play was a lot better against Warrington than it had been the week before against Catalan, so that’s pleasing.

“I’ve played full back previously and I’m really looking forward to playing against St Helens now.”

Gaskell was born and bred in St Helens and spent his formative years on the books at Knowsley Road.

But he was sent out on loan to Salford last season and joined Bradford ahead of the 2014 campaign on a two-year deal.

Gaskell said: “I was at Saints from the age of about nine or ten. I played against them once last season for Salford and it was fantastic.

“I came through the ranks there and it’s amazing how many young players they have brought through and you can see that in their side at present.

“I still have a lot of friends down there and it’s my hometown club but it just makes me more determined to do well against them.

“Coming to Bradford was a massive change for me but it came at the right time and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it so far. Long may that continue.”

Sunday’s clash, which will see Cummins’ troops aim for a third straight win, will be a special occasion for Gaskell and team-mate Foster, who also joined the Bulls from St Helens.

Gaskell admitted: “I supported Saints since I was a little boy and still look out for their results but I’m a Bradford player now and that’s my only focus.

“I go into every game wanting the best for the Bulls and that’s what I’ll be doing on Sunday.

“We got a massive high after beating Catalan and to then do it again the week after against Warrington has given us an even greater buzz.”

Foster, meanwhile, had been dropped from the side to face Warrington before a late injury to Luke George saw him promoted back into the starting line-up.

The winger weighed in with a try and five goals, much to Gaskell’s delight.

He said: “To be told you’re not playing and then put in a performance like that shows you the type of character Jamie is and how professional he is. Credit to him for that.”

Meanwhile, Bulls owner Marc Green has paid tribute to supporters for their backing during Sunday’s win over Warrington and has urged them to turn out in greater numbers against St Helens this weekend.

He said: “I thought last week against Catalan was the best performance of the season but the Warrington display surpassed that beyond all expectations.

“I called on the fans to come and get behind the team and they were phenomenal on Sunday.

“For the 6,000-plus who turned out, I hope that they can see everything that we are trying to do with the club.

“I hope they have had value for money and can start to believe again. It would be great to get a bigger crowd and even greater atmosphere against St Helens now.”

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9:05am Tue 6 May 14

axelf1963 says...

Oh no all we need now is a Jamie foster prediction of win .
Oh no all we need now is a Jamie foster prediction of win . axelf1963
  • Score: -30

10:43am Tue 6 May 14

bullybullman says...

That’s a good point from Marc Green we need the stay away fans to get back on board the dark days are behind us now. Great atmosphere at the moment last home game for a few weeks so get on board.

Saints are a tough team & a win is not going to be easy but if we continue to perform like we have over the last two weeks we will at least be competitive.

With a bit of luck we may get two points back if we can force a win against saints we will be in with a real shot at survival. Certain posters on here who for some unknown reason want to just gloat at the position we have found ourselves in should acknowledge the good work going on at the club & any real Super league supporter can not want to see a club like Bradford out of the league & a poorly supported side like Fax or Leigh back in.

Usually people who like to throw spanners in are lacking something in their life’s & are often depressive & suffer stress related symptoms such as erectile dysfunction ! get to doc`s axelf1963 they can help you mate.
That’s a good point from Marc Green we need the stay away fans to get back on board the dark days are behind us now. Great atmosphere at the moment last home game for a few weeks so get on board. Saints are a tough team & a win is not going to be easy but if we continue to perform like we have over the last two weeks we will at least be competitive. With a bit of luck we may get two points back if we can force a win against saints we will be in with a real shot at survival. Certain posters on here who for some unknown reason want to just gloat at the position we have found ourselves in should acknowledge the good work going on at the club & any real Super league supporter can not want to see a club like Bradford out of the league & a poorly supported side like Fax or Leigh back in. Usually people who like to throw spanners in are lacking something in their life’s & are often depressive & suffer stress related symptoms such as erectile dysfunction ! get to doc`s axelf1963 they can help you mate. bullybullman
  • Score: 17

10:56am Tue 6 May 14

axelf1963 says...

Morning Viking, You really need some new material, You said that before when logged in as Viking.
Morning Viking, You really need some new material, You said that before when logged in as Viking. axelf1963
  • Score: -19

12:26pm Tue 6 May 14

bulls916uk says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Morning Viking, You really need some new material, You said that before when logged in as Viking.
Hush Hush now Axel.

After your latest prediction for the Wire game I would go into hiding if I was you

#eggonface
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Morning Viking, You really need some new material, You said that before when logged in as Viking.[/p][/quote]Hush Hush now Axel. After your latest prediction for the Wire game I would go into hiding if I was you #eggonface bulls916uk
  • Score: 15

12:41pm Tue 6 May 14

BradfordSportsFan says...

Been saying for years Kearney best position is in the halves and he isnt defensively good enough for FB, so am really glad Franny has given Gaskell a chance at FB as we've vastly improved with him there and Kearney in the halves.
Been saying for years Kearney best position is in the halves and he isnt defensively good enough for FB, so am really glad Franny has given Gaskell a chance at FB as we've vastly improved with him there and Kearney in the halves. BradfordSportsFan
  • Score: 14

1:30pm Tue 6 May 14

axelf1963 says...

Saints by 30
Saints by 30 axelf1963
  • Score: -25

4:45pm Tue 6 May 14

raisemeup says...

BradfordSportsFan wrote:
Been saying for years Kearney best position is in the halves and he isnt defensively good enough for FB, so am really glad Franny has given Gaskell a chance at FB as we've vastly improved with him there and Kearney in the halves.
Yes agreed I think kearney is a better stand off, in fact it's a shame he was injured as a useful partnership seemed on the cards with Gale. However my thoughts are that we give kear a run at stand off whilst keeping Gaskell at FB. this gives the interchange option, as kear can also play FB if needed.
Most number sixes are quick elusive and athletic, I believe kear has those abilities but hasn't really had the chance to show them to the full.

I may be wrong but it may be worth a trial. If it doesn't work we have a quick interchange with a recognised number 6 able to step in if needed.
What do the other pundits think?
[quote][p][bold]BradfordSportsFan[/bold] wrote: Been saying for years Kearney best position is in the halves and he isnt defensively good enough for FB, so am really glad Franny has given Gaskell a chance at FB as we've vastly improved with him there and Kearney in the halves.[/p][/quote]Yes agreed I think kearney is a better stand off, in fact it's a shame he was injured as a useful partnership seemed on the cards with Gale. However my thoughts are that we give kear a run at stand off whilst keeping Gaskell at FB. this gives the interchange option, as kear can also play FB if needed. Most number sixes are quick elusive and athletic, I believe kear has those abilities but hasn't really had the chance to show them to the full. I may be wrong but it may be worth a trial. If it doesn't work we have a quick interchange with a recognised number 6 able to step in if needed. What do the other pundits think? raisemeup
  • Score: 2

4:52pm Tue 6 May 14

NG1972 says...

raisemeup wrote:
BradfordSportsFan wrote:
Been saying for years Kearney best position is in the halves and he isnt defensively good enough for FB, so am really glad Franny has given Gaskell a chance at FB as we've vastly improved with him there and Kearney in the halves.
Yes agreed I think kearney is a better stand off, in fact it's a shame he was injured as a useful partnership seemed on the cards with Gale. However my thoughts are that we give kear a run at stand off whilst keeping Gaskell at FB. this gives the interchange option, as kear can also play FB if needed.
Most number sixes are quick elusive and athletic, I believe kear has those abilities but hasn't really had the chance to show them to the full.

I may be wrong but it may be worth a trial. If it doesn't work we have a quick interchange with a recognised number 6 able to step in if needed.
What do the other pundits think?
Kear needs to learn to run forward first....
[quote][p][bold]raisemeup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BradfordSportsFan[/bold] wrote: Been saying for years Kearney best position is in the halves and he isnt defensively good enough for FB, so am really glad Franny has given Gaskell a chance at FB as we've vastly improved with him there and Kearney in the halves.[/p][/quote]Yes agreed I think kearney is a better stand off, in fact it's a shame he was injured as a useful partnership seemed on the cards with Gale. However my thoughts are that we give kear a run at stand off whilst keeping Gaskell at FB. this gives the interchange option, as kear can also play FB if needed. Most number sixes are quick elusive and athletic, I believe kear has those abilities but hasn't really had the chance to show them to the full. I may be wrong but it may be worth a trial. If it doesn't work we have a quick interchange with a recognised number 6 able to step in if needed. What do the other pundits think?[/p][/quote]Kear needs to learn to run forward first.... NG1972
  • Score: 2

7:32pm Tue 6 May 14

Ever positive says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Saints by 30
Go get a life. There is help out there if only you would look for it
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Saints by 30[/p][/quote]Go get a life. There is help out there if only you would look for it Ever positive
  • Score: 7

9:56pm Tue 6 May 14

Bone_idle18 says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Saints by 30
That should put the kiss of death on saints like you prediction did for Wire.
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Saints by 30[/p][/quote]That should put the kiss of death on saints like you prediction did for Wire. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 4

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