Bradford Bulls: Luke George on Huddersfield Giants revenge mission

Luke George played with a rib injury in the defeat to St Helens

Luke George played with a rib injury in the defeat to St Helens

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

Luke George is determined to help the Bulls atone for their previous meeting with Huddersfield when they clash in the Magic Weekend on Sunday in Manchester.

The close-season signing from the Giants has endured a frustrating start to his career at Bradford after making only a handful of appearances so far.

One of those came against his hometown club on March 16, when Paul Anderson’s men racked up a 66-18 victory at Odsal.

The Bulls were decimated by injury that day with only one recognised prop available – and George admits he would love to exact revenge this weekend.

The 26-year-old winger or centre said: “We were off our game when we played the Giants in March and we didn’t really put a performance in.

“But we’ll be looking to really take it to them at the Magic Weekend because we know that we’re a decent team.

“We proved that when beating Catalan and Warrington in the past fortnight or so.

“When we keep hold of the ball and perform, you can see what we’re capable of. We’ve got a really good shot of giving it to them.”

Despite an outstanding 2012 campaign which harvested 15 Super League tries – including three hat-tricks in his first seven games – George was used only sparingly by Anderson last term and joined the Bulls on a two-year deal.

Huddersfield-born George began his career with the Giants before making his name at Wakefield and then returning to his hometown club.

“I was in the academy at Huddersfield and came through the club’s scholarship system,” said George.

“I then went to Wakefield, did five years there, and then came back to the Giants.

“They were different experiences and I enjoyed my time there but this is a new experience for me at Bradford and my sole focus now.”

Bulls coach Francis Cummins paid tribute to George after he battled through the pain barrier to come off the bench and play in Sunday’s 50-0 home defeat against St Helens.

George has been carrying a rib injury but is keen to play his part this weekend and continue the form he showed in the recent win over Catalan.

He added: “Part of my job is about getting the ball and trying to run hard and over the top of the opposition. I feel comfortable on the wing and in the centres, so wherever I get put I’m happy there.

“I hope to be involved on Sunday because the whole Magic Weekend is a great experience for everyone.

“I played at Murrayfield, the Millennium Stadium and the Etihad Stadium. They’re all good for different reasons and I really enjoyed playing up in Scotland.

“But you have big followings down in Wales and Manchester too. I’m looking forward to it.”

* The kick-off time for the Bulls’ trip to Catalan on Saturday, May 24 has been brought forward three hours from 6pm to 3pm (local time).

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10:20am Wed 14 May 14

Bullmaniac says...

I've never actually approved the idea of the Magic Weekends - as a stand alone tournament it's fine but not as an additional round. Especially when relegation is lurking over clubs and also when the games aren't even seeded! How can we be expected to play a team that came top of the pile last season when we didn't even make the end of season jamboree?! It's laughable and makes the RFL look like even bigger wasters than normal. I'm all for innovation in the game but not innovation for innovation's sake which I think his concept is.

I can only see one result from the weekend and that is a 40 plus margin in defeat in favour of our 'friends' from down Leeds Road. In fact it wouldn't surprise me if Wakefield upset Castleford and pull away even further.

I think that the appeal will fall on deaf ears and leave us even further in the mire - but this is merely my point of view.
I've never actually approved the idea of the Magic Weekends - as a stand alone tournament it's fine but not as an additional round. Especially when relegation is lurking over clubs and also when the games aren't even seeded! How can we be expected to play a team that came top of the pile last season when we didn't even make the end of season jamboree?! It's laughable and makes the RFL look like even bigger wasters than normal. I'm all for innovation in the game but not innovation for innovation's sake which I think his concept is. I can only see one result from the weekend and that is a 40 plus margin in defeat in favour of our 'friends' from down Leeds Road. In fact it wouldn't surprise me if Wakefield upset Castleford and pull away even further. I think that the appeal will fall on deaf ears and leave us even further in the mire - but this is merely my point of view. Bullmaniac
  • Score: 32

12:44pm Wed 14 May 14

nosher says...

I agree it is a money spinner for the RFL. We don't have a good record in it. We probably wont have to worry about it next season. George has looked impressive when not injured !!!! Fair play to him for holding his hand up against Saints if has reported he had a rib injury. All rib injuries are very painful.
I agree it is a money spinner for the RFL. We don't have a good record in it. We probably wont have to worry about it next season. George has looked impressive when not injured !!!! Fair play to him for holding his hand up against Saints if has reported he had a rib injury. All rib injuries are very painful. nosher
  • Score: 5

1:01pm Wed 14 May 14

bullybullman says...

Bullmaniac wrote:
I've never actually approved the idea of the Magic Weekends - as a stand alone tournament it's fine but not as an additional round. Especially when relegation is lurking over clubs and also when the games aren't even seeded! How can we be expected to play a team that came top of the pile last season when we didn't even make the end of season jamboree?! It's laughable and makes the RFL look like even bigger wasters than normal. I'm all for innovation in the game but not innovation for innovation's sake which I think his concept is.

I can only see one result from the weekend and that is a 40 plus margin in defeat in favour of our 'friends' from down Leeds Road. In fact it wouldn't surprise me if Wakefield upset Castleford and pull away even further.

I think that the appeal will fall on deaf ears and leave us even further in the mire - but this is merely my point of view.
Great post spot on !
[quote][p][bold]Bullmaniac[/bold] wrote: I've never actually approved the idea of the Magic Weekends - as a stand alone tournament it's fine but not as an additional round. Especially when relegation is lurking over clubs and also when the games aren't even seeded! How can we be expected to play a team that came top of the pile last season when we didn't even make the end of season jamboree?! It's laughable and makes the RFL look like even bigger wasters than normal. I'm all for innovation in the game but not innovation for innovation's sake which I think his concept is. I can only see one result from the weekend and that is a 40 plus margin in defeat in favour of our 'friends' from down Leeds Road. In fact it wouldn't surprise me if Wakefield upset Castleford and pull away even further. I think that the appeal will fall on deaf ears and leave us even further in the mire - but this is merely my point of view.[/p][/quote]Great post spot on ! bullybullman
  • Score: 7

1:14pm Wed 14 May 14

bullybullman says...

The sooner we are confirmed relegated the better at least we can plan for next season. I for one look forward to playing in a division where at least we can complete. No fun sitting & watching your team getting smashed week in week out.

We can the re-build we have a loyal 5k that will stick by the club sad but its the end of the super league road for us for now. We have had too many chances wasted by too many chancers.

Nothing Magic for us this weekend just another cringworthy performance from our depleted squad & another round of excuses from our out of his depth coach.
Marc Green knows this & all we can hope is he will invest to get us back at some point this decade.
The sooner we are confirmed relegated the better at least we can plan for next season. I for one look forward to playing in a division where at least we can complete. No fun sitting & watching your team getting smashed week in week out. We can the re-build we have a loyal 5k that will stick by the club sad but its the end of the super league road for us for now. We have had too many chances wasted by too many chancers. Nothing Magic for us this weekend just another cringworthy performance from our depleted squad & another round of excuses from our out of his depth coach. Marc Green knows this & all we can hope is he will invest to get us back at some point this decade. bullybullman
  • Score: 6

4:23pm Wed 14 May 14

1964gc says...

my guess is this will drag on till we are relegation certainties beyond doubt,,at that point along come the RFL award the bulls some points back which will be of no value any how

they got what they wanted but give the impression of being the good guys -stinks
my guess is this will drag on till we are relegation certainties beyond doubt,,at that point along come the RFL award the bulls some points back which will be of no value any how they got what they wanted but give the impression of being the good guys -stinks 1964gc
  • Score: 7

4:54pm Wed 14 May 14

nosher says...

Losing 6 points hasn't helped but losing carvell, scrotum and sammutt was the worst blow. Can't see us getting 6 points back. We would still go down, the current squad is not good enough. We are well short on quality leaders.
Losing 6 points hasn't helped but losing carvell, scrotum and sammutt was the worst blow. Can't see us getting 6 points back. We would still go down, the current squad is not good enough. We are well short on quality leaders. nosher
  • Score: 4

4:54pm Wed 14 May 14

Bullmaniac says...

1964gc wrote:
my guess is this will drag on till we are relegation certainties beyond doubt,,at that point along come the RFL award the bulls some points back which will be of no value any how

they got what they wanted but give the impression of being the good guys -stinks
If I'm honest that could happen now as I simply don't see a way out of relegation. The only way of avoiding the drop is all 6 point back and Wakefield to got into administration before the end of the season...oh and for us to sign Queensland's S of O three quarter line!

Fortunately (or unfortunately) Mr Green is a hard headed business man - something the club needed three or four years ago. He will run the club to make a profit, however this may not necessarily mean winning silverware or even playing in the top flight at least for the immediate future.

I think the only solace we can take as fans is to look how South Sydney Rabbitohs have emerged from the ashes after being unfairly treated by the governing body - sound familiar?! They spent 3 years outside of the top division and look where they are now - attracting top prospects like the Burgess boys, Greg Inglis, etc. Whether we can bounce straight back into Super League for the 2016 Season will remain to be seen as it will be a tougher prospect than many people will anticipate.

Doubt we'll see 5k fans turning up week in week out at Odsal. I think 2-3 k is more realistic - but would still put us the biggest supported team in the championship. The thought of the popular end closed off fills me dread but this is something that would almost certainly happen.

Mr Paul has not been in the media for quite some time...?
[quote][p][bold]1964gc[/bold] wrote: my guess is this will drag on till we are relegation certainties beyond doubt,,at that point along come the RFL award the bulls some points back which will be of no value any how they got what they wanted but give the impression of being the good guys -stinks[/p][/quote]If I'm honest that could happen now as I simply don't see a way out of relegation. The only way of avoiding the drop is all 6 point back and Wakefield to got into administration before the end of the season...oh and for us to sign Queensland's S of O three quarter line! Fortunately (or unfortunately) Mr Green is a hard headed business man - something the club needed three or four years ago. He will run the club to make a profit, however this may not necessarily mean winning silverware or even playing in the top flight at least for the immediate future. I think the only solace we can take as fans is to look how South Sydney Rabbitohs have emerged from the ashes after being unfairly treated by the governing body - sound familiar?! They spent 3 years outside of the top division and look where they are now - attracting top prospects like the Burgess boys, Greg Inglis, etc. Whether we can bounce straight back into Super League for the 2016 Season will remain to be seen as it will be a tougher prospect than many people will anticipate. Doubt we'll see 5k fans turning up week in week out at Odsal. I think 2-3 k is more realistic - but would still put us the biggest supported team in the championship. The thought of the popular end closed off fills me dread but this is something that would almost certainly happen. Mr Paul has not been in the media for quite some time...? Bullmaniac
  • Score: 4

5:20pm Wed 14 May 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Bullmaniac,
Souths were treated harshly by the A.R.L for years.They were delighted when they thought they had got rid of them.Souths had a real fighter though in George Piggins who would not let them walk all over the club.I believe in the end the battle went to court and the Souths won their case and the A.R.L. had to concede defeat.I am not comparing our position with their however,previous Directors,Chairmen,c
all them what you will have brought about our demise without having to answer to anybody,not least the supporters ,ex players and other clubs who coughed up £500,000. 00 which suddenly vanished.The difference between the two clubs is that George Piggins fought for the club he loved. Nobody except probably Jack Bates and Trevor Foster loved the club like George Piggins did.In my opinion somebody should be brought to task for the way the club has been run for the last few years but we all know they will not. They have walked away scot free while the supporters and the existing staff and players have been left to carry the can for the real culprits.
Bullmaniac, Souths were treated harshly by the A.R.L for years.They were delighted when they thought they had got rid of them.Souths had a real fighter though in George Piggins who would not let them walk all over the club.I believe in the end the battle went to court and the Souths won their case and the A.R.L. had to concede defeat.I am not comparing our position with their however,previous Directors,Chairmen,c all them what you will have brought about our demise without having to answer to anybody,not least the supporters ,ex players and other clubs who coughed up £500,000. 00 which suddenly vanished.The difference between the two clubs is that George Piggins fought for the club he loved. Nobody except probably Jack Bates and Trevor Foster loved the club like George Piggins did.In my opinion somebody should be brought to task for the way the club has been run for the last few years but we all know they will not. They have walked away scot free while the supporters and the existing staff and players have been left to carry the can for the real culprits. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 4

6:03pm Wed 14 May 14

Bullmaniac says...

spanglishbull.uk wrote:
Bullmaniac,
Souths were treated harshly by the A.R.L for years.They were delighted when they thought they had got rid of them.Souths had a real fighter though in George Piggins who would not let them walk all over the club.I believe in the end the battle went to court and the Souths won their case and the A.R.L. had to concede defeat.I am not comparing our position with their however,previous Directors,Chairmen,c

all them what you will have brought about our demise without having to answer to anybody,not least the supporters ,ex players and other clubs who coughed up £500,000. 00 which suddenly vanished.The difference between the two clubs is that George Piggins fought for the club he loved. Nobody except probably Jack Bates and Trevor Foster loved the club like George Piggins did.In my opinion somebody should be brought to task for the way the club has been run for the last few years but we all know they will not. They have walked away scot free while the supporters and the existing staff and players have been left to carry the can for the real culprits.
Good shout. God knows what Trevor Foster would have made of all this. Caisley, Hood, Khan and Sutcliffe should all be brought to task about their successive failures. Caisley's only saving grace is that he actually achieved the glory days. I agree also that the squad is lacking quality players ever since those three did a runner. To boot Ferguson has barely appeared this season so may not have been an issue if he'd jumped ship as well.
[quote][p][bold]spanglishbull.uk[/bold] wrote: Bullmaniac, Souths were treated harshly by the A.R.L for years.They were delighted when they thought they had got rid of them.Souths had a real fighter though in George Piggins who would not let them walk all over the club.I believe in the end the battle went to court and the Souths won their case and the A.R.L. had to concede defeat.I am not comparing our position with their however,previous Directors,Chairmen,c all them what you will have brought about our demise without having to answer to anybody,not least the supporters ,ex players and other clubs who coughed up £500,000. 00 which suddenly vanished.The difference between the two clubs is that George Piggins fought for the club he loved. Nobody except probably Jack Bates and Trevor Foster loved the club like George Piggins did.In my opinion somebody should be brought to task for the way the club has been run for the last few years but we all know they will not. They have walked away scot free while the supporters and the existing staff and players have been left to carry the can for the real culprits.[/p][/quote]Good shout. God knows what Trevor Foster would have made of all this. Caisley, Hood, Khan and Sutcliffe should all be brought to task about their successive failures. Caisley's only saving grace is that he actually achieved the glory days. I agree also that the squad is lacking quality players ever since those three did a runner. To boot Ferguson has barely appeared this season so may not have been an issue if he'd jumped ship as well. Bullmaniac
  • Score: 2

6:24pm Wed 14 May 14

Paul from Idle says...

I would let ferguson go on medical grounds clearly not going to play many games why pay his wage to sit and watch get him struck off on medical grounds
I would let ferguson go on medical grounds clearly not going to play many games why pay his wage to sit and watch get him struck off on medical grounds Paul from Idle
  • Score: 3

7:35pm Wed 14 May 14

basil fawlty says...

Bullmaniac wrote:
spanglishbull.uk wrote: Bullmaniac, Souths were treated harshly by the A.R.L for years.They were delighted when they thought they had got rid of them.Souths had a real fighter though in George Piggins who would not let them walk all over the club.I believe in the end the battle went to court and the Souths won their case and the A.R.L. had to concede defeat.I am not comparing our position with their however,previous Directors,Chairmen,c all them what you will have brought about our demise without having to answer to anybody,not least the supporters ,ex players and other clubs who coughed up £500,000. 00 which suddenly vanished.The difference between the two clubs is that George Piggins fought for the club he loved. Nobody except probably Jack Bates and Trevor Foster loved the club like George Piggins did.In my opinion somebody should be brought to task for the way the club has been run for the last few years but we all know they will not. They have walked away scot free while the supporters and the existing staff and players have been left to carry the can for the real culprits.
Good shout. God knows what Trevor Foster would have made of all this. Caisley, Hood, Khan and Sutcliffe should all be brought to task about their successive failures. Caisley's only saving grace is that he actually achieved the glory days. I agree also that the squad is lacking quality players ever since those three did a runner. To boot Ferguson has barely appeared this season so may not have been an issue if he'd jumped ship as well.
The glory days were great but the trut is the club was propped up with Council money. Once the money dried up so did the success. The glory days should have seen the stadium properly developed but very little happened under Caisley because he went for expensive vanity schemes that relied on outside funding which never came.
[quote][p][bold]Bullmaniac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]spanglishbull.uk[/bold] wrote: Bullmaniac, Souths were treated harshly by the A.R.L for years.They were delighted when they thought they had got rid of them.Souths had a real fighter though in George Piggins who would not let them walk all over the club.I believe in the end the battle went to court and the Souths won their case and the A.R.L. had to concede defeat.I am not comparing our position with their however,previous Directors,Chairmen,c all them what you will have brought about our demise without having to answer to anybody,not least the supporters ,ex players and other clubs who coughed up £500,000. 00 which suddenly vanished.The difference between the two clubs is that George Piggins fought for the club he loved. Nobody except probably Jack Bates and Trevor Foster loved the club like George Piggins did.In my opinion somebody should be brought to task for the way the club has been run for the last few years but we all know they will not. They have walked away scot free while the supporters and the existing staff and players have been left to carry the can for the real culprits.[/p][/quote]Good shout. God knows what Trevor Foster would have made of all this. Caisley, Hood, Khan and Sutcliffe should all be brought to task about their successive failures. Caisley's only saving grace is that he actually achieved the glory days. I agree also that the squad is lacking quality players ever since those three did a runner. To boot Ferguson has barely appeared this season so may not have been an issue if he'd jumped ship as well.[/p][/quote]The glory days were great but the trut is the club was propped up with Council money. Once the money dried up so did the success. The glory days should have seen the stadium properly developed but very little happened under Caisley because he went for expensive vanity schemes that relied on outside funding which never came. basil fawlty
  • Score: 4

7:14am Thu 15 May 14

axelf1963 says...

Spangles, isn't Google and wikipedia great.
Spangles, isn't Google and wikipedia great. axelf1963
  • Score: 1

8:41am Thu 15 May 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Do not need Google or Wikipedia Axel.Fortunately still got a good memory.I actually met George Piggins in Australia in the Souths Leagues Club when I was on two Rugby League Supporters tours over there.It was obvious that he loved his club and would do anything for them.Remember the guy who used to lead the Aussies out in his vest,hail,rain or shine,met him to ,Laurie Nicholls.He was a Balmain fanatic,another guy who would do anything for his club.Not like the shower of **** we have had running our club into the ground the last few years.
Do not need Google or Wikipedia Axel.Fortunately still got a good memory.I actually met George Piggins in Australia in the Souths Leagues Club when I was on two Rugby League Supporters tours over there.It was obvious that he loved his club and would do anything for them.Remember the guy who used to lead the Aussies out in his vest,hail,rain or shine,met him to ,Laurie Nicholls.He was a Balmain fanatic,another guy who would do anything for his club.Not like the shower of **** we have had running our club into the ground the last few years. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 0

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