Teenage pair Jordan Baldwinson and Mason Tonks can bolster Bradford Bulls

Loan signings Jordan Baldwinson, left, and Mason Tonks have quickly settled in with Bradford Bulls

Loan signings Jordan Baldwinson, left, and Mason Tonks have quickly settled in with Bradford Bulls Buy this photo

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Bulls coach Francis Cummins is confident his squad is edging closer to full strength as he hailed the acquisition of Jordan Baldwinson and Mason Tonks.

The 19-year-old forwards began training with the Bulls yesterday and could make their debuts in Saturday’s trip to Catalan Dragons.

But Cummins’ options up front are set to increase this weekend as Antonio Kaufusi is available again while Manase Manuokafoa and James Donaldson hope to return after injury.

With Matty Blythe, Dale Ferguson and Jamal Fakir also making steady progress in their rehab, the Bulls could go into next week’s pivotal home clash with Wakefield missing only long-term absentee Brett Kearney.

Asked about the prospect of Baldwinson and Tonks being involved in Perpignan, Cummins said: “It will depend on selection and who we’ve got available but the good thing is that players are now coming back.

“We’ve definitely got Kaufusi available, Nas should return and maybe Donno as well, so we’re starting to look like a rugby league team rather than just a bunch of lads who are doing their best for each other.

“We’ve had a tough few weeks but it seems to be getting better.

“We didn’t have much of a pack when we played Catalan last month yet we ran them around.

“It will be a lot easier facing them with four props rather than one or two.

“There is a chance that Ferguson, Blythe and Fakir could be available for the Wakefield game – and then we’ve got some headaches.

“We knew this was going to be tough but there is a good feeling that there are more people in training now.”

Cummins has kept in touch with Wigan prop Greg Burke since he sustained a dislocated shoulder during his only appearance for the Bulls at Hull in March.

Fit-again Burke is in Wigan’s 19-man squad for tomorrow’s match at Salford and Cummins admits he would like to possibly bring the player back to Bradford on loan.

He said: “I’ve not spoke to Shaun Wane or Kris Radlinksi about it. I would hope it might be a possibility but we will probably wait for Greg to get a couple of games under his belt first.”

Baldwinson and Tonks, meanwhile, said they have settled at Bradford straight after arriving from New Zealand Warriors.

They will both rejoin Leeds on three-year deals at the end of the season and Cummins said: “To move away from their parents and families was quite brave and you can’t buy the experience they have had in New Zealand.”

Baldwinson, a prop who can also play in the back row, said: “Today’s training session was really good and we’ve been accepted straight away, which is a really good sign.

“I’m not sure if I’ll be playing this weekend but I’m really keen to make a name for myself in Super League.

“There is no greater opportunity than coming here to the Bulls, who are short of forwards, to try and keep them up.

“It would be great to get into the team and make a difference.”

Tonks, an attacking second-rower who can also play loose forward and in the centres, added: “We had our first training session this morning and it went really well.

“I’m 100 per cent ready and I just can’t wait to put the Bulls jersey on.

“Jordan and I have got so much enthusiasm and are ready to play our part to try and keep the Bulls in Super League.

“They’re a great club and they’re going through a rough patch, so coming here is a great opportunity to help and show what I can do.”

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8:15am Wed 21 May 14

1964gc says...

Whilst they are welcome,just making up the numbers

Quality not quantity ....
Whilst they are welcome,just making up the numbers Quality not quantity .... 1964gc
  • Score: -6

8:37am Wed 21 May 14

Loz03 says...

We can't compete at all without numbers, we're struggling for players and can't afford to be picky. The aim is the avoid relegation and with no players it's not going to happen. Survive relegation and we can build on the squad we have! Salford have quality players but they aren't exactly doing great are they?
We can't compete at all without numbers, we're struggling for players and can't afford to be picky. The aim is the avoid relegation and with no players it's not going to happen. Survive relegation and we can build on the squad we have! Salford have quality players but they aren't exactly doing great are they? Loz03
  • Score: 20

9:29am Wed 21 May 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Meanwhile Hull F.C. sign another quality centre to play against Leeds on Friday.Salary cap,what salary cap,did not know there was one Sir.
Meanwhile Hull F.C. sign another quality centre to play against Leeds on Friday.Salary cap,what salary cap,did not know there was one Sir. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 1

9:44am Wed 21 May 14

bullybullman says...

Well Hull can sign players we cant ! get real welcome on board lads lets hope we can start to salvage some points we must win Saturday & against Wakefield or we are down.
Well Hull can sign players we cant ! get real welcome on board lads lets hope we can start to salvage some points we must win Saturday & against Wakefield or we are down. bullybullman
  • Score: 16

9:44am Wed 21 May 14

axelf1963 says...

A good player Spangles but injury prone, What do you think about green as an owner so far ?
A good player Spangles but injury prone, What do you think about green as an owner so far ? axelf1963
  • Score: -7

11:29am Wed 21 May 14

Bullmaniac says...

I hope these two can help us find some form as we are entering one of the most important periods in the club's history. Wins against Catalans and Wakefield are a must - whatever happens with the appeal is out of the players' and fans' hands. It could be at the end of the season for all it matters, at the end of the day we need points to start climbing the ladder.
I hope these two can help us find some form as we are entering one of the most important periods in the club's history. Wins against Catalans and Wakefield are a must - whatever happens with the appeal is out of the players' and fans' hands. It could be at the end of the season for all it matters, at the end of the day we need points to start climbing the ladder. Bullmaniac
  • Score: 4

12:59pm Wed 21 May 14

bullybullman says...

Wakefield are going to be sweating this one out if the rumours are true Scrouton is not happy at all there ! they are also rumoured to be struggling to meet the wage bill so the point hearing is getting more & more critical. I think there are going to be many more twists & turns before this season is done if we get no points back Wakey will be looking to off load player from the wage bill if we get points back they will have no choice but to struggle on.

I really hope we get another chance to stay up we are better than Wakey in every way London have not deserved to be in super league for several years now.
Wakefield are going to be sweating this one out if the rumours are true Scrouton is not happy at all there ! they are also rumoured to be struggling to meet the wage bill so the point hearing is getting more & more critical. I think there are going to be many more twists & turns before this season is done if we get no points back Wakey will be looking to off load player from the wage bill if we get points back they will have no choice but to struggle on. I really hope we get another chance to stay up we are better than Wakey in every way London have not deserved to be in super league for several years now. bullybullman
  • Score: 7

1:07pm Wed 21 May 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

bullybullman wrote:
Wakefield are going to be sweating this one out if the rumours are true Scrouton is not happy at all there ! they are also rumoured to be struggling to meet the wage bill so the point hearing is getting more & more critical. I think there are going to be many more twists & turns before this season is done if we get no points back Wakey will be looking to off load player from the wage bill if we get points back they will have no choice but to struggle on.

I really hope we get another chance to stay up we are better than Wakey in every way London have not deserved to be in super league for several years now.
If Wakey were struggling to meet the wage bill why would they have signed Owen last week?
[quote][p][bold]bullybullman[/bold] wrote: Wakefield are going to be sweating this one out if the rumours are true Scrouton is not happy at all there ! they are also rumoured to be struggling to meet the wage bill so the point hearing is getting more & more critical. I think there are going to be many more twists & turns before this season is done if we get no points back Wakey will be looking to off load player from the wage bill if we get points back they will have no choice but to struggle on. I really hope we get another chance to stay up we are better than Wakey in every way London have not deserved to be in super league for several years now.[/p][/quote]If Wakey were struggling to meet the wage bill why would they have signed Owen last week? fedupwiththeBS
  • Score: 5

1:10pm Wed 21 May 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

Massive signing for Hull and yet we are repeatedly told there are no players available; should that be no funds available?

We are not going to avoid relegation with loan players that are not good enough to start for their parent clubs, who when they hit form are recalled.
Massive signing for Hull and yet we are repeatedly told there are no players available; should that be no funds available? We are not going to avoid relegation with loan players that are not good enough to start for their parent clubs, who when they hit form are recalled. fedupwiththeBS
  • Score: 5

1:12pm Wed 21 May 14

Bowlingboy says...

axelf1963 wrote:
A good player Spangles but injury prone, What do you think about green as an owner so far ?
bab
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: A good player Spangles but injury prone, What do you think about green as an owner so far ?[/p][/quote]bab Bowlingboy
  • Score: 5

2:52pm Wed 21 May 14

SheffBull says...

spanglishbull.uk wrote:
Meanwhile Hull F.C. sign another quality centre to play against Leeds on Friday.Salary cap,what salary cap,did not know there was one Sir.
Union players do not count under salary cap
[quote][p][bold]spanglishbull.uk[/bold] wrote: Meanwhile Hull F.C. sign another quality centre to play against Leeds on Friday.Salary cap,what salary cap,did not know there was one Sir.[/p][/quote]Union players do not count under salary cap SheffBull
  • Score: 3

2:54pm Wed 21 May 14

SheffBull says...

bullybullman wrote:
Wakefield are going to be sweating this one out if the rumours are true Scrouton is not happy at all there ! they are also rumoured to be struggling to meet the wage bill so the point hearing is getting more & more critical. I think there are going to be many more twists & turns before this season is done if we get no points back Wakey will be looking to off load player from the wage bill if we get points back they will have no choice but to struggle on.

I really hope we get another chance to stay up we are better than Wakey in every way London have not deserved to be in super league for several years now.
Scruton's wife works for Wakefield Wildcats in a Player Welfare role. I really doubt he is unhappy!
[quote][p][bold]bullybullman[/bold] wrote: Wakefield are going to be sweating this one out if the rumours are true Scrouton is not happy at all there ! they are also rumoured to be struggling to meet the wage bill so the point hearing is getting more & more critical. I think there are going to be many more twists & turns before this season is done if we get no points back Wakey will be looking to off load player from the wage bill if we get points back they will have no choice but to struggle on. I really hope we get another chance to stay up we are better than Wakey in every way London have not deserved to be in super league for several years now.[/p][/quote]Scruton's wife works for Wakefield Wildcats in a Player Welfare role. I really doubt he is unhappy! SheffBull
  • Score: 2

3:06pm Wed 21 May 14

axelf1963 says...

He probably is unhappy but that's probably down to where Wakey are in league, Does not mean he wants to trade 3rd bottom for 2nd bottom.
Rumour has it before he went to Wakey he had already agreed to rejoin Leeds to replace Kylie next year.
He probably is unhappy but that's probably down to where Wakey are in league, Does not mean he wants to trade 3rd bottom for 2nd bottom. Rumour has it before he went to Wakey he had already agreed to rejoin Leeds to replace Kylie next year. axelf1963
  • Score: -4

3:45pm Wed 21 May 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Two points Axel,
Sa came from Aussie and played for Catalan for a few years before his short spell in R.U.Does that mean he does not count on the salary cap.I would imagine he does count on the cap otherwise clubs would soon cotton on to tell overseas players to sign for R.U. clubs then after a couple of months move to R.L.As for Green at the Bulls,my own personal opinion is that he has basically accepted that it will take either the points coming back or a miracle to stay in S.L.I hope he is in the game for the long haul and focussing on getting the club promoted next season.Not much point in signing players now for next season.He certainly looks like a hard headed businessman to me.Another point for next season,how is promotion from the championship going to be decided.Is it the top two at the end of the regular season,or does the team who wins the play off final get promotion,bearing in mind the fourth placed team could win the final.Anybody know ? or better still do the R.F.L. know?
Two points Axel, Sa came from Aussie and played for Catalan for a few years before his short spell in R.U.Does that mean he does not count on the salary cap.I would imagine he does count on the cap otherwise clubs would soon cotton on to tell overseas players to sign for R.U. clubs then after a couple of months move to R.L.As for Green at the Bulls,my own personal opinion is that he has basically accepted that it will take either the points coming back or a miracle to stay in S.L.I hope he is in the game for the long haul and focussing on getting the club promoted next season.Not much point in signing players now for next season.He certainly looks like a hard headed businessman to me.Another point for next season,how is promotion from the championship going to be decided.Is it the top two at the end of the regular season,or does the team who wins the play off final get promotion,bearing in mind the fourth placed team could win the final.Anybody know ? or better still do the R.F.L. know? spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 1

3:58pm Wed 21 May 14

axelf1963 says...

Some good points Spangles, Agree he must count on cap and if you are asking me I would say top two replace bottom two although my personal view would be a two legged game with aggregate score to determine winner.
Some good points Spangles, Agree he must count on cap and if you are asking me I would say top two replace bottom two although my personal view would be a two legged game with aggregate score to determine winner. axelf1963
  • Score: 2

4:08pm Wed 21 May 14

Parz says...

spanglishbull.uk wrote:
Two points Axel, Sa came from Aussie and played for Catalan for a few years before his short spell in R.U.Does that mean he does not count on the salary cap.I would imagine he does count on the cap otherwise clubs would soon cotton on to tell overseas players to sign for R.U. clubs then after a couple of months move to R.L.As for Green at the Bulls,my own personal opinion is that he has basically accepted that it will take either the points coming back or a miracle to stay in S.L.I hope he is in the game for the long haul and focussing on getting the club promoted next season.Not much point in signing players now for next season.He certainly looks like a hard headed businessman to me.Another point for next season,how is promotion from the championship going to be decided.Is it the top two at the end of the regular season,or does the team who wins the play off final get promotion,bearing in mind the fourth placed team could win the final.Anybody know ? or better still do the R.F.L. know?
IIRC, they are still sticking with the 8x8x8 format. The bottom 4 from SL and the Top 4 from SL1 (now the Championship) all play eachother once after then end of the regular rounds. At the end of this mini league, the top 3 go into SL, the bottom three to SL1 and 4th/5th play off to take the final SL spot.

That's unless they've completely scrapped that plan.
[quote][p][bold]spanglishbull.uk[/bold] wrote: Two points Axel, Sa came from Aussie and played for Catalan for a few years before his short spell in R.U.Does that mean he does not count on the salary cap.I would imagine he does count on the cap otherwise clubs would soon cotton on to tell overseas players to sign for R.U. clubs then after a couple of months move to R.L.As for Green at the Bulls,my own personal opinion is that he has basically accepted that it will take either the points coming back or a miracle to stay in S.L.I hope he is in the game for the long haul and focussing on getting the club promoted next season.Not much point in signing players now for next season.He certainly looks like a hard headed businessman to me.Another point for next season,how is promotion from the championship going to be decided.Is it the top two at the end of the regular season,or does the team who wins the play off final get promotion,bearing in mind the fourth placed team could win the final.Anybody know ? or better still do the R.F.L. know?[/p][/quote]IIRC, they are still sticking with the 8x8x8 format. The bottom 4 from SL and the Top 4 from SL1 (now the Championship) all play eachother once after then end of the regular rounds. At the end of this mini league, the top 3 go into SL, the bottom three to SL1 and 4th/5th play off to take the final SL spot. That's unless they've completely scrapped that plan. Parz
  • Score: 3

4:26pm Wed 21 May 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

What the hell Parz,its 55 years since I left school.I am not to worried though because it will change before next season.
What the hell Parz,its 55 years since I left school.I am not to worried though because it will change before next season. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: -1

4:38pm Wed 21 May 14

axelf1963 says...

I think Spangles was meaning how do they start this process at the end of this year I think just bottom two drop down to make 2x 12 who play each other before it goes to the 8x8x8
I think Spangles was meaning how do they start this process at the end of this year I think just bottom two drop down to make 2x 12 who play each other before it goes to the 8x8x8 axelf1963
  • Score: 1

4:49pm Wed 21 May 14

Parz says...

axelf1963 wrote:
I think Spangles was meaning how do they start this process at the end of this year I think just bottom two drop down to make 2x 12 who play each other before it goes to the 8x8x8
Oh right, my mistake. This year it's just the bottom two go down. I think the Championship are losing some teams to Championship 1 as well so that all 3 teams are evenly numbered but I'm not too sure on that one.
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: I think Spangles was meaning how do they start this process at the end of this year I think just bottom two drop down to make 2x 12 who play each other before it goes to the 8x8x8[/p][/quote]Oh right, my mistake. This year it's just the bottom two go down. I think the Championship are losing some teams to Championship 1 as well so that all 3 teams are evenly numbered but I'm not too sure on that one. Parz
  • Score: 0

5:28pm Wed 21 May 14

BCFC LAD says says...

We know what the championship rules are now re salary cap and overseas players but is it going to be called SL and SL1 and if so what rules are going to be applied to SL1 or 2nd tier teams re salary cap and overseas players. If its the present rules then it is very unlikely that a team from the second tier will get into SL surely there has to be a change regarding the second tier teams or it will not be competitive.
We know what the championship rules are now re salary cap and overseas players but is it going to be called SL and SL1 and if so what rules are going to be applied to SL1 or 2nd tier teams re salary cap and overseas players. If its the present rules then it is very unlikely that a team from the second tier will get into SL surely there has to be a change regarding the second tier teams or it will not be competitive. BCFC LAD says
  • Score: 1

5:37pm Wed 21 May 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Who started this conversation.I have got a headache.Oh,it was me,sorry guys.
Who started this conversation.I have got a headache.Oh,it was me,sorry guys. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: -1

6:49pm Wed 21 May 14

axelf1963 says...

Have a Sangria and chill in the sun Spangles.
Have a Sangria and chill in the sun Spangles. axelf1963
  • Score: 2

6:57pm Wed 21 May 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Guinness Axel.Sangria rubbish.Sun,yes.
Guinness Axel.Sangria rubbish.Sun,yes. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: -2

8:31pm Wed 21 May 14

oddshapedballs says...

fedupwiththeBS wrote:
bullybullman wrote:
Wakefield are going to be sweating this one out if the rumours are true Scrouton is not happy at all there ! they are also rumoured to be struggling to meet the wage bill so the point hearing is getting more & more critical. I think there are going to be many more twists & turns before this season is done if we get no points back Wakey will be looking to off load player from the wage bill if we get points back they will have no choice but to struggle on.

I really hope we get another chance to stay up we are better than Wakey in every way London have not deserved to be in super league for several years now.
If Wakey were struggling to meet the wage bill why would they have signed Owen last week?
Did we not sign Carvell??
[quote][p][bold]fedupwiththeBS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bullybullman[/bold] wrote: Wakefield are going to be sweating this one out if the rumours are true Scrouton is not happy at all there ! they are also rumoured to be struggling to meet the wage bill so the point hearing is getting more & more critical. I think there are going to be many more twists & turns before this season is done if we get no points back Wakey will be looking to off load player from the wage bill if we get points back they will have no choice but to struggle on. I really hope we get another chance to stay up we are better than Wakey in every way London have not deserved to be in super league for several years now.[/p][/quote]If Wakey were struggling to meet the wage bill why would they have signed Owen last week?[/p][/quote]Did we not sign Carvell?? oddshapedballs
  • Score: 1

8:50pm Wed 21 May 14

axelf1963 says...

Will raise a glass for you Spangles
Will raise a glass for you Spangles axelf1963
  • Score: 2

9:02pm Wed 21 May 14

nosher says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Will raise a glass for you Spangles
You and spangles are as thick has thieves lol.
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Will raise a glass for you Spangles[/p][/quote]You and spangles are as thick has thieves lol. nosher
  • Score: 1

9:39pm Wed 21 May 14

Bullmaniac says...

Maybe this is an omen? Three matadors gored by bulls in Madrid today, maybe three wins on the trot is on the cards to help us March up the table?! http://m.bbc.co.uk/n
ews/world-europe-275
07414
Maybe this is an omen? Three matadors gored by bulls in Madrid today, maybe three wins on the trot is on the cards to help us March up the table?! http://m.bbc.co.uk/n ews/world-europe-275 07414 Bullmaniac
  • Score: -1

7:28am Thu 22 May 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

oddshapedballs wrote:
fedupwiththeBS wrote:
bullybullman wrote:
Wakefield are going to be sweating this one out if the rumours are true Scrouton is not happy at all there ! they are also rumoured to be struggling to meet the wage bill so the point hearing is getting more & more critical. I think there are going to be many more twists & turns before this season is done if we get no points back Wakey will be looking to off load player from the wage bill if we get points back they will have no choice but to struggle on.

I really hope we get another chance to stay up we are better than Wakey in every way London have not deserved to be in super league for several years now.
If Wakey were struggling to meet the wage bill why would they have signed Owen last week?
Did we not sign Carvell??
He was signed at the end of last season by MM and co and that turned out well didn't it .
[quote][p][bold]oddshapedballs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fedupwiththeBS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bullybullman[/bold] wrote: Wakefield are going to be sweating this one out if the rumours are true Scrouton is not happy at all there ! they are also rumoured to be struggling to meet the wage bill so the point hearing is getting more & more critical. I think there are going to be many more twists & turns before this season is done if we get no points back Wakey will be looking to off load player from the wage bill if we get points back they will have no choice but to struggle on. I really hope we get another chance to stay up we are better than Wakey in every way London have not deserved to be in super league for several years now.[/p][/quote]If Wakey were struggling to meet the wage bill why would they have signed Owen last week?[/p][/quote]Did we not sign Carvell??[/p][/quote]He was signed at the end of last season by MM and co and that turned out well didn't it . fedupwiththeBS
  • Score: 1

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