Adrian Purtell a major influence in Bradford Bulls revival

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Adrian Purtell celebrates scoring against Warrington last weekend Adrian Purtell celebrates scoring against Warrington last weekend

Francis Cummins has applauded Adrian Purtell’s rich run of form as the Bulls aim for a third straight win tomorrow against St Helens.

The Australian centre has scored three tries in his past two games and performed admirably in the second row against Warrington last weekend.

The former NRL star is out of contract at the end of the season and it remains to be seen where his future lies as the Bulls battle to stay in Super League.

But Cummins has hailed the 29-year-old, who has revived his career in style after suffering a heart attack two years ago to emerge as an increasingly influential figure in the Bulls’ young squad.

Head coach Cummins said: “It’s that time of year, so we will sit down with Purts and see where we go, but his form has certainly been really good.

“His influence on the group has improved from probably the start of pre-season onwards. He’s taking on more responsibility and is really passionate about his rugby league.

“There are times when he gets really mad, and he has got a bit of a label as ‘Mr Angry’, but it’s for the right reasons. He wants us to become better and that is showing in his form.”

Purtell has played every game for the Bulls this season and weighed in with seven tries so far.

Cummins said: “Purts has been really good in the centres and then we moved him into the back row because of the influence that he has on the people around him.

“He calms people down and has done very well there, so that’s really pleasing.”

Luke George, Manase Manuokafoa and Chev Walker are set to return tomorrow after being named in the Bulls’ 19-man squad.

Cummins admits a third successive win would be another massive boost following the victories over Catalan and Warrington.

He said: “We’ve had to be at our best to win the last two games, regardless of our personnel, and we know we’ll have to be better again this week.

“That’s the way it should be as well because we only had two props against Warrington.

“It would be massive to beat Saints because it has been nice to get a bit of momentum behind us and confidence for the club and the supporters.

“Probably no-one expected us to beat Warrington – and I’m not saying Saints will turn up here and take us lightly, nor am I saying Warrington did.

“But maybe they see our teamsheet and subconsciously think that once we have put all our subs on they are going to run through the middle of us.

“We’ve just got to keep improving and if we do that, I’ll be happy.”

With Brett Kearney out for up to ten weeks following surgery on a fractured thumb, Lee Gaskell could be set for an extended run at full back.

Yet Cummins has another option in Elliot Kear, which could allow Gaskell to return to his favoured role of stand-off alongside Luke Gale.

Cummins is remaining open-minded and said: “It all depends on the balance of the group because I thought Danny Addy did really well against Warrington.

“We just have to think about what’s best for the team and how we’re going to play. I don’t think that one size fits all, all of the time.

“You do need to change your team slightly because with all the video analysis that takes place, other teams are watching what you’re doing.”

The Bulls coach also believes more clubs could be sucked into the relegation dogfight, saying: “There is added pressure this season, especially on those clubs who have spent a lot of money and find themselves right on the edge of it.

“A few losses that way and a few wins our way, then there is panic.

“For the first few weeks of the season, people were thinking ‘it’s London, Bradford and Wakefield’. There is a bit of a feeling now that other teams are looking over their shoulder and thinking ‘that team is coming’.

“I know I have some talent here and some great lads. If other teams above us don’t win games, then we are coming. That’s a great message to send out.”

The Bulls will tomorrow pay their respects to the victims of the Valley Parade fire, 29 years to the day since the tragedy occurred.

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9:04am Sat 10 May 14

cuzzy85 says...

As a Saints fan it's nice to see you back in the black as it were points wise and it would be nice to see you recover to stay in Super League! However I hope it the recovery continues after tomorrow!
As a Saints fan it's nice to see you back in the black as it were points wise and it would be nice to see you recover to stay in Super League! However I hope it the recovery continues after tomorrow! cuzzy85
  • Score: 20

9:23am Sat 10 May 14

NG1972 says...

cuzzy85 wrote:
As a Saints fan it's nice to see you back in the black as it were points wise and it would be nice to see you recover to stay in Super League! However I hope it the recovery continues after tomorrow!
Cheers mate, its nice that supporters from other teams in SL want to see us stay in SL. We have been through hell this last couple of years but hopefully we can leave all that behind us. It should be a good game tomorrow we are playing with confidence at the minute & you have a few players out so you never know.How many will you be bringing tomorrow??
[quote][p][bold]cuzzy85[/bold] wrote: As a Saints fan it's nice to see you back in the black as it were points wise and it would be nice to see you recover to stay in Super League! However I hope it the recovery continues after tomorrow![/p][/quote]Cheers mate, its nice that supporters from other teams in SL want to see us stay in SL. We have been through hell this last couple of years but hopefully we can leave all that behind us. It should be a good game tomorrow we are playing with confidence at the minute & you have a few players out so you never know.How many will you be bringing tomorrow?? NG1972
  • Score: 5

9:58am Sat 10 May 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

Wakey upsetting Widnes was a result that we could have done without although Catalan look catchable on their current form.
Wakey upsetting Widnes was a result that we could have done without although Catalan look catchable on their current form. fedupwiththeBS
  • Score: 5

8:48pm Sat 10 May 14

pww of idle says...

RLF at Redhall will not allow both London & the Froggies to be relegated : I'm sure that at least one of them will be allowed to remain in Super League at expense of a "Northern club" & I'm sure they will find some reason for our 6 point deduction to stand
RLF at Redhall will not allow both London & the Froggies to be relegated : I'm sure that at least one of them will be allowed to remain in Super League at expense of a "Northern club" & I'm sure they will find some reason for our 6 point deduction to stand pww of idle
  • Score: -1

9:01pm Sat 10 May 14

axelf1963 says...

Absolute rubbish, The Catalan s will pick up lots of wins especially at home .
Absolute rubbish, The Catalan s will pick up lots of wins especially at home . axelf1963
  • Score: 1

1:38am Sun 11 May 14

The Fat Lady Sings says...

I don't know if this "treatise" has done the rounds but I'll post it a couple of times on the forum for your information and reaction. The source must remain anonymous but is reliable. The document is authentic. The author is inferred. Of course, the names included are "fictitious" and any similarities with persons living is "unintentional" and "purely coincidental"!

When I agreed to purchase the club along with Mark Moore in September last year it was to continue along with the good work that had already been done. it was clear to everyone involved that there was a deficit in 2014 of £500K and that this figure would need to be found, it was never the case that cost cutting would be the way forward.

I had attracted a large investment which was coming from a development company known for its development of sports stadiums and complexes, they were to rake a share of the club as well as develop the stadium and adjoining land at Odsal. The initial input into the rugby was £1m for 2014. I had also attracted a number of smaller investors into the club to help with its running. These people were given sight of the full accounting position and shortfalls known to the club,

When it was clear we were not going to be able to pay Omar the agreed amount on the date agreed I approached him and got an extension. I had agreed that we would pay the costs he incurred during that time. My fellow directors at the time thought they could legally and I guess morally just not pay what was contractually owed. I would like to point out that I am being pursued for over £150k still.

When I left the club in November last year, there was no debt to HMRC and the Purchase Ledger was running at about £300k. The threat of a winding up petition by HMRC was down to those in charge after I left.

Numerous meetings were held with the RFL and again at no point were cost cutting measures spoken of or even thought about. We all wanted the Bulls to be successful and cost cutting would jeopardise the chances of a play off position. After a meeting at the RFL at which I was not present I was informed by Mark Moore that Blake Solly had said that they didn’t have to pay Omar Khan and he also said that I had failed a fit and proper test and should leave the club immediately as per RFL rules. This came to me as a bit of a shock as I had been running the club and been an “influential person” within the club for the previous 12 Months. I haven’t to date received any correspondence from the RFL to that effect. The board then approached the developer directly, who after seeing the way business was being conducted decided to walk away.

A number of blatant lies were told by the trio (Moore Calvert and Watt) & Robbie about John Bateman – At all times everyone was kept informed. John phoned me and said “I want to leave the Bulls”. The meeting was set up with Ian Lenegan and Andrew Calvert was going to come along, he called me that morning and said he couldn’t make due another commitment. Before any offer was accepted all four of them agreed to the sale price. O then say at the fans forum that they knew nothing of it.
Other stories relating to hidden costs which they knew nothing about again are stories, all of them had full access to all documents and accounting system in place and it was always known that monies had to be put in as the RFL had kept 50% of the SKY money. Omar had been funding the club until he left.
The pre pack administration was to get rid of Omar’s debt without paying him a penny and not for any other reason. The parties (allegedly) behind this were Ralph Rimmer, Blake Solly, Mark Moore, Andrew Calvert, Ian Watt. The administration was put together with the RFL’s full backing and knowledge since December 2013. This has left the club in limbo once again.
From the moment I was asked to leave the club I have refrained from making any comment, publicly or privately. I now feel its time to set the record straight.
I believe this has to do with the purchaser. Omar and his team were never wanted in the Rugby League circle and the implementation of in essence a £1.25m fine, the 1st of its kind within rugby & football league. This never gave the bull’s a chance of staying within losses that were manageable.

It’s clear the Rugby League didn’t want Omar’s sort or the type of investment I had attracted in the game. They should have grown a larger set of balls at the time and said NO. Instead there was a lack of cooperation, extreme penalties, a general lack of support and an intention to prevent payment to Omar Khan which ended a bright future for the bulls. Ralph Rimmer has publicly said that Moore didn’t pay Omar Khan and tried to use the company money to buy the company. What he didn’t add was that Blake Solly advised Moore not to pay.

I heard that the administrator David Wilson spoke out loud at the creditors meeting and stated that he had tried to contact me on numerous occasion about the alleged financial irregularities. This never happened. I have since sent numerous emails to Mr Wilson requesting the correspondence sent whilst he was allegedly trying to get in touch, again to this date I have received nothing.

The Bulls was a major part of my life and I wish them every success in the future, if the performance against Warrington was anything to go by, they will be fine. However their own governing body caused the demise we have seen recently.

Good luck Bradford Bulls. You are one of the best teams in Super League.

Results are not going the Bulls' way. Wakefield on a roll away from home, no less. The Bulls now have to win at least 5 games MORE than the teams immediately above them. A big ask! COYB.
I don't know if this "treatise" has done the rounds but I'll post it a couple of times on the forum for your information and reaction. The source must remain anonymous but is reliable. The document is authentic. The author is inferred. Of course, the names included are "fictitious" and any similarities with persons living is "unintentional" and "purely coincidental"! When I agreed to purchase the club along with Mark Moore in September last year it was to continue along with the good work that had already been done. it was clear to everyone involved that there was a deficit in 2014 of £500K and that this figure would need to be found, it was never the case that cost cutting would be the way forward. I had attracted a large investment which was coming from a development company known for its development of sports stadiums and complexes, they were to rake a share of the club as well as develop the stadium and adjoining land at Odsal. The initial input into the rugby was £1m for 2014. I had also attracted a number of smaller investors into the club to help with its running. These people were given sight of the full accounting position and shortfalls known to the club, When it was clear we were not going to be able to pay Omar the agreed amount on the date agreed I approached him and got an extension. I had agreed that we would pay the costs he incurred during that time. My fellow directors at the time thought they could legally and I guess morally just not pay what was contractually owed. I would like to point out that I am being pursued for over £150k still. When I left the club in November last year, there was no debt to HMRC and the Purchase Ledger was running at about £300k. The threat of a winding up petition by HMRC was down to those in charge after I left. Numerous meetings were held with the RFL and again at no point were cost cutting measures spoken of or even thought about. We all wanted the Bulls to be successful and cost cutting would jeopardise the chances of a play off position. After a meeting at the RFL at which I was not present I was informed by Mark Moore that Blake Solly had said that they didn’t have to pay Omar Khan and he also said that I had failed a fit and proper test and should leave the club immediately as per RFL rules. This came to me as a bit of a shock as I had been running the club and been an “influential person” within the club for the previous 12 Months. I haven’t to date received any correspondence from the RFL to that effect. The board then approached the developer directly, who after seeing the way business was being conducted decided to walk away. A number of blatant lies were told by the trio (Moore Calvert and Watt) & Robbie about John Bateman – At all times everyone was kept informed. John phoned me and said “I want to leave the Bulls”. The meeting was set up with Ian Lenegan and Andrew Calvert was going to come along, he called me that morning and said he couldn’t make due another commitment. Before any offer was accepted all four of them agreed to the sale price. O then say at the fans forum that they knew nothing of it. Other stories relating to hidden costs which they knew nothing about again are stories, all of them had full access to all documents and accounting system in place and it was always known that monies had to be put in as the RFL had kept 50% of the SKY money. Omar had been funding the club until he left. The pre pack administration was to get rid of Omar’s debt without paying him a penny and not for any other reason. The parties (allegedly) behind this were Ralph Rimmer, Blake Solly, Mark Moore, Andrew Calvert, Ian Watt. The administration was put together with the RFL’s full backing and knowledge since December 2013. This has left the club in limbo once again. From the moment I was asked to leave the club I have refrained from making any comment, publicly or privately. I now feel its time to set the record straight. I believe this has to do with the purchaser. Omar and his team were never wanted in the Rugby League circle and the implementation of in essence a £1.25m fine, the 1st of its kind within rugby & football league. This never gave the bull’s a chance of staying within losses that were manageable. It’s clear the Rugby League didn’t want Omar’s sort or the type of investment I had attracted in the game. They should have grown a larger set of balls at the time and said NO. Instead there was a lack of cooperation, extreme penalties, a general lack of support and an intention to prevent payment to Omar Khan which ended a bright future for the bulls. Ralph Rimmer has publicly said that Moore didn’t pay Omar Khan and tried to use the company money to buy the company. What he didn’t add was that Blake Solly advised Moore not to pay. I heard that the administrator David Wilson spoke out loud at the creditors meeting and stated that he had tried to contact me on numerous occasion about the alleged financial irregularities. This never happened. I have since sent numerous emails to Mr Wilson requesting the correspondence sent whilst he was allegedly trying to get in touch, again to this date I have received nothing. The Bulls was a major part of my life and I wish them every success in the future, if the performance against Warrington was anything to go by, they will be fine. However their own governing body caused the demise we have seen recently. Good luck Bradford Bulls. You are one of the best teams in Super League. Results are not going the Bulls' way. Wakefield on a roll away from home, no less. The Bulls now have to win at least 5 games MORE than the teams immediately above them. A big ask! COYB. The Fat Lady Sings
  • Score: -1

10:44am Sun 11 May 14

The Man From the Pru says...

Fat lady, this has already been seen by many. It was on Twitter earlier last week. It is purported to be from a former Director. I take it from your introduction, that you have seen the original document.

If this is a genuine statement, then, in view of the forth coming meeting re points, it shows the RFL in very poor light. They were complicit in issuing the former board duff information, eg there would be no points deduction etc. That they are racist, which is, I think, a wrong assumption by the writer. It may help the Bulls, but in my opinion it may do more harm.

If it is true, then ALL clubs should call for an immediate investigation into the incumbents at Red Hall. The one thing that I find amusing is that one of the so called liars got promoted too.
Fat lady, this has already been seen by many. It was on Twitter earlier last week. It is purported to be from a former Director. I take it from your introduction, that you have seen the original document. If this is a genuine statement, then, in view of the forth coming meeting re points, it shows the RFL in very poor light. They were complicit in issuing the former board duff information, eg there would be no points deduction etc. That they are racist, which is, I think, a wrong assumption by the writer. It may help the Bulls, but in my opinion it may do more harm. If it is true, then ALL clubs should call for an immediate investigation into the incumbents at Red Hall. The one thing that I find amusing is that one of the so called liars got promoted too. The Man From the Pru
  • Score: -1

11:20am Sun 11 May 14

raisemeup says...

What a tangled web woven by those who wish to deceive? A corruption of the saying but it seems to fit into the whole sorry mess created by the organisation that is supposed to help all their member clubs achieve and grow the watchability of our wonderful sport!
This is more akin to self aggrandisement by certain people more than the overall objectives of the game.
What a tangled web woven by those who wish to deceive? A corruption of the saying but it seems to fit into the whole sorry mess created by the organisation that is supposed to help all their member clubs achieve and grow the watchability of our wonderful sport! This is more akin to self aggrandisement by certain people more than the overall objectives of the game. raisemeup
  • Score: -1

12:08pm Sun 11 May 14

beverleyhills cop returns says...

The Man From the Pru wrote:
Fat lady, this has already been seen by many. It was on Twitter earlier last week. It is purported to be from a former Director. I take it from your introduction, that you have seen the original document.

If this is a genuine statement, then, in view of the forth coming meeting re points, it shows the RFL in very poor light. They were complicit in issuing the former board duff information, eg there would be no points deduction etc. That they are racist, which is, I think, a wrong assumption by the writer. It may help the Bulls, but in my opinion it may do more harm.

If it is true, then ALL clubs should call for an immediate investigation into the incumbents at Red Hall. The one thing that I find amusing is that one of the so called liars got promoted too.
Well if any of this is true it just goes to show as ive said for a long time that the clowns at red hall are not fit to run our great sport .What we need is an independent enquiry into the farce that has been unfolding at odsal over the last couple of years.We have been fed lies or too long now all we want is the truth.It transpires that a friend of mine was talking to some one high up at the bulls this week I wont mention his name but he said the rfl had stitched us up like a kipper and that's what makes you wonder what the hell is going on.You have to wonder how on earth someone can be involved at a club and 12 months later he fails a fit and proper persons check.thats smacks of incompetence to me.We need to do something to show the clowns at the rfl that we want answers so why don't the true bulls fans have a show of our dis-pleasure I have some ideas but come on people we have to do something lets start to show the clowns we will not be lied to any more COYB KEEP THE FAITH
[quote][p][bold]The Man From the Pru[/bold] wrote: Fat lady, this has already been seen by many. It was on Twitter earlier last week. It is purported to be from a former Director. I take it from your introduction, that you have seen the original document. If this is a genuine statement, then, in view of the forth coming meeting re points, it shows the RFL in very poor light. They were complicit in issuing the former board duff information, eg there would be no points deduction etc. That they are racist, which is, I think, a wrong assumption by the writer. It may help the Bulls, but in my opinion it may do more harm. If it is true, then ALL clubs should call for an immediate investigation into the incumbents at Red Hall. The one thing that I find amusing is that one of the so called liars got promoted too.[/p][/quote]Well if any of this is true it just goes to show as ive said for a long time that the clowns at red hall are not fit to run our great sport .What we need is an independent enquiry into the farce that has been unfolding at odsal over the last couple of years.We have been fed lies or too long now all we want is the truth.It transpires that a friend of mine was talking to some one high up at the bulls this week I wont mention his name but he said the rfl had stitched us up like a kipper and that's what makes you wonder what the hell is going on.You have to wonder how on earth someone can be involved at a club and 12 months later he fails a fit and proper persons check.thats smacks of incompetence to me.We need to do something to show the clowns at the rfl that we want answers so why don't the true bulls fans have a show of our dis-pleasure I have some ideas but come on people we have to do something lets start to show the clowns we will not be lied to any more COYB KEEP THE FAITH beverleyhills cop returns
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