Brett Ferres thankful for Bradford Bulls grounding

Former Bulls player Brett Ferres, now a key man at Huddersfield, in World Cup try-scoring action for England

Former Bulls player Brett Ferres, now a key man at Huddersfield, in World Cup try-scoring action for England

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

Brett Ferres admits he will always be grateful to the Bulls for giving him his first shot at Super League stardom.

The Huddersfield and England forward returns from a five-game ban in tomorrow’s Magic Weekend clash to face the club where he began his career.

Ferres is one of several ex-Bradford men in the Huddersfield ranks along with Larne Patrick, Joe Wardle and Craig Kopczak, while Anthony Mullally enjoyed a successful Odsal loan spell earlier this season.

Ferres said: “Bradford gave me my first opportunity to play Super League. I’m very grateful for that and how they treated me as a kid as I came through the ranks.

“I signed when I was about 15 on a scholarship and Brian Noble was the coach at the time.

“I became part of the first-team squad when I was quite young and was training with the likes of Jamie Peacock and Robbie Hunter-Paul, which was fantastic.

“I made my debut when I was about 18 at Hull FC and Steve McNamara, who was the under-21s coach at the time, really looked after me.”

When the Bulls signed David Solomona from Wakefield ahead of the 2007 campaign, Ferres went in the opposite direction.

He recalled: “I had just broken into the first-team and got wind that David Solomona was going to sign for Bradford.

“I had just started to establish myself but he was coming into my spot and I got the opportunity to go to Wakefield.

“I went there for two seasons and then signed for Castleford before making the move to Huddersfield in 2012. I’ve not looked back since.”

The Bulls were bought out of administration by Marc Green in March and he swiftly appointed Steve Ferres – Brett’s uncle – as managing director.

Brett said: “The uncertainty around the place has hopefully been put to bed with Marc Green and Steve going in there.

“They’ve got a very good side on paper and are probably just lacking a bit of strength in depth.

“But things seem to be turning in their favour. Anthony Mullally went there on loan and returned to Huddersfield a far better player.

“Antonio Kaufusi has now gone there and will do a great job, I’m sure.”

Ferres enjoyed the best season of his career last year after helping Huddersfield to finish top and then earning a place in England’s World Cup side.

“I was fortunate to get in the England squad and be a part of the World Cup campaign,” he said.

“To be starting against Australia in the opening game was unbelievable and is still quite surreal.

“It was definitely the best season of my career. I didn’t miss many games, I stayed largely injury free and I enjoyed some good form throughout the year.”

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7:36am Sat 17 May 14

Paul from Idle says...

How nieve of me I thought it was going to be an article about the Bulls and Steve Ferres but instead we get to read about Huddersfield player...
I actually think the Bulls management have accepted relegation hence no news of events at Odsal.
How nieve of me I thought it was going to be an article about the Bulls and Steve Ferres but instead we get to read about Huddersfield player... I actually think the Bulls management have accepted relegation hence no news of events at Odsal. Paul from Idle
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8:55am Sat 17 May 14

nosher says...

That was another poor deal in the transfer market. Solomona never did enough IMO, we would have been better keeping Ferres. We got rid of Stuart Reardon around the same time when he was at his prime.
That was another poor deal in the transfer market. Solomona never did enough IMO, we would have been better keeping Ferres. We got rid of Stuart Reardon around the same time when he was at his prime. nosher
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9:19am Sat 17 May 14

axelf1963 says...

That was down to money nosher, If someone was willing to give you a lot more money at work you would take it.
That was down to money nosher, If someone was willing to give you a lot more money at work you would take it. axelf1963
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9:25am Sat 17 May 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

the Club is about to cross the Rubicon this weekend as if we lose and Wakey win it is almost certainly game over for our SL status and yet we still have nothing from Green or Ferres on the plan to save the season.


I have a feeling that London may do Catalan today as well which would really be a kick in the plums.
the Club is about to cross the Rubicon this weekend as if we lose and Wakey win it is almost certainly game over for our SL status and yet we still have nothing from Green or Ferres on the plan to save the season. I have a feeling that London may do Catalan today as well which would really be a kick in the plums. fedupwiththeBS
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3:29pm Sat 17 May 14

nosher says...

axelf1963 wrote:
That was down to money nosher, If someone was willing to give you a lot more money at work you would take it.
No I wouldn't. I am happy with my salary lol.
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: That was down to money nosher, If someone was willing to give you a lot more money at work you would take it.[/p][/quote]No I wouldn't. I am happy with my salary lol. nosher
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