Joe Arundel searching for consistency with Bradford Bulls

Joe Arundel is on loan for the rest of the season from Hull

Joe Arundel is on loan for the rest of the season from Hull

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

Joe Arundel is determined to force his way back into Francis Cummins’ plans and help keep the Bulls in Super League.

The former Castleford centre and Jay Pitts joined Bradford on loan from Hull FC on April 25 until the end of the season.

While Pitts has started every game since and produced another impressive 80-minute shift in Sunday’s win over Wakefield, Arundel was dropped for the game.

It followed the heavy defeat in Catalan the previous week but Arundel says he is enjoying his time at Odsal and remains determined to play his part in the coming weeks.

He cannot play in the Challenge Cup quarter-final against Warrington on Sunday, due to having already played for Hull in the competition this season, but will come back into contention for the trip to Salford seven days later.

The 22-year-old, who has two years remaining on his contract at Hull, said: “I’ve actually had a hand injury in the past couple of weeks and I had a jab last week to allow it to settle down, and obviously Franny rotated the squad.

“I can’t play this weekend against Warrington but I’ll be looking to bounce back the week after and help the boys to kick on from what they showed against Wakefield.

“I’ve enjoyed my time here and they’re a good set of lads. I’m just looking forward to getting that consistency back, week in and week out, that I know I’m capable of.

“Lee Radford will be keeping tabs on Jay and me to monitor our progress, and he keeps in touch.

“It’s good to have that security of my contract at Hull but at the end of the day I need to be playing.

“Keeping Bradford in Super League is a big priority and you just can’t imagine the competition without a club with this much history.”

Arundel was impressed with the manner in which the Bulls overcame the Wildcats, which reduced the gap between the sides to six points ahead of tomorrow’s points appeal hearing.

He said: “It was do or die so we knew we had to win. With that forward pack we had out, we’re going to cause problems for a lot of teams.

“Hopefully the points appeal will go our way but, with the squad we now have available, we’re more than capable of moving up the ladder anyway. We definitely plan on doing that.

“If the points appeal doesn’t go our way then there are plenty of games left to make up the gap and put our destiny in our own hands.”

The Bulls are still trying to extend Antonio Kaufusi’s loan after his initial four-game spell ended after the Wakefield game.

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9:04am Tue 3 Jun 14

nosher says...

Could do with Kaufusi. He is quality. Thought he was better in defence than attack against Wakefield. May need to work on his fitness. It makes you appreciate the 80 minute stints that Stuart Fielden use to do. For current day props that is a rarity.
Could do with Kaufusi. He is quality. Thought he was better in defence than attack against Wakefield. May need to work on his fitness. It makes you appreciate the 80 minute stints that Stuart Fielden use to do. For current day props that is a rarity. nosher
  • Score: 2

9:35am Tue 3 Jun 14

bully4us says...

I would bring Fielden back as assistant / defence coach.
I would bring Fielden back as assistant / defence coach. bully4us
  • Score: 4

9:49am Tue 3 Jun 14

Bullmaniac says...

nosher wrote:
Could do with Kaufusi. He is quality. Thought he was better in defence than attack against Wakefield. May need to work on his fitness. It makes you appreciate the 80 minute stints that Stuart Fielden use to do. For current day props that is a rarity.
Definitely agree - Kaufusi adds some grunt up front that we have sorely missed. Such a shame we failed to sign him permanently in the off season, such is the margin between success and failure these days. Just imagine if things had been a little different we could have had a pack including Scuton, Carvell, Bateman, Whitehead and Kaufusi on top of the other personnel we have. Oh well...
[quote][p][bold]nosher[/bold] wrote: Could do with Kaufusi. He is quality. Thought he was better in defence than attack against Wakefield. May need to work on his fitness. It makes you appreciate the 80 minute stints that Stuart Fielden use to do. For current day props that is a rarity.[/p][/quote]Definitely agree - Kaufusi adds some grunt up front that we have sorely missed. Such a shame we failed to sign him permanently in the off season, such is the margin between success and failure these days. Just imagine if things had been a little different we could have had a pack including Scuton, Carvell, Bateman, Whitehead and Kaufusi on top of the other personnel we have. Oh well... Bullmaniac
  • Score: 2

11:30am Tue 3 Jun 14

nosher says...

Bullmaniac wrote:
nosher wrote:
Could do with Kaufusi. He is quality. Thought he was better in defence than attack against Wakefield. May need to work on his fitness. It makes you appreciate the 80 minute stints that Stuart Fielden use to do. For current day props that is a rarity.
Definitely agree - Kaufusi adds some grunt up front that we have sorely missed. Such a shame we failed to sign him permanently in the off season, such is the margin between success and failure these days. Just imagine if things had been a little different we could have had a pack including Scuton, Carvell, Bateman, Whitehead and Kaufusi on top of the other personnel we have. Oh well...
You have forgotten that some people lack loyalty, so it would never have happened. Although Scruton did come good eventually he had his problems with illness and injuries. I did like him last season. His performance on Sunday was very forgetable. So we aint missed much really. The same could be said about sammutt.
[quote][p][bold]Bullmaniac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nosher[/bold] wrote: Could do with Kaufusi. He is quality. Thought he was better in defence than attack against Wakefield. May need to work on his fitness. It makes you appreciate the 80 minute stints that Stuart Fielden use to do. For current day props that is a rarity.[/p][/quote]Definitely agree - Kaufusi adds some grunt up front that we have sorely missed. Such a shame we failed to sign him permanently in the off season, such is the margin between success and failure these days. Just imagine if things had been a little different we could have had a pack including Scuton, Carvell, Bateman, Whitehead and Kaufusi on top of the other personnel we have. Oh well...[/p][/quote]You have forgotten that some people lack loyalty, so it would never have happened. Although Scruton did come good eventually he had his problems with illness and injuries. I did like him last season. His performance on Sunday was very forgetable. So we aint missed much really. The same could be said about sammutt. nosher
  • Score: 9

11:33am Tue 3 Jun 14

Solomon Grundy says...

Disagree about Sammut, he was wakey's only creative force, why we let him go to find now that Danny Addy is back in at 6 for the season makes no sense to me. Sammut laying at 6 for us not wakefield might be a major factor this season. Bad decision FC.
Disagree about Sammut, he was wakey's only creative force, why we let him go to find now that Danny Addy is back in at 6 for the season makes no sense to me. Sammut laying at 6 for us not wakefield might be a major factor this season. Bad decision FC. Solomon Grundy
  • Score: -7

11:43am Tue 3 Jun 14

Bullmaniac says...

Solomon Grundy wrote:
Disagree about Sammut, he was wakey's only creative force, why we let him go to find now that Danny Addy is back in at 6 for the season makes no sense to me. Sammut laying at 6 for us not wakefield might be a major factor this season. Bad decision FC.
If Sammut did not want to stay then fair enough in letting him leave. I'd rather have Addy (who wants to wear the shirt) filling in at number 6 and putting in 100% than Sammut stealing a wage. What bothers me is the circumstances that cause players to leave the club, given the right adiministration these issues can be resolved before players feel the need to jump ship. Hopefully this is something Green and co have a good handle on. After all being a good man manager is essential to heading a successfuly business.
[quote][p][bold]Solomon Grundy[/bold] wrote: Disagree about Sammut, he was wakey's only creative force, why we let him go to find now that Danny Addy is back in at 6 for the season makes no sense to me. Sammut laying at 6 for us not wakefield might be a major factor this season. Bad decision FC.[/p][/quote]If Sammut did not want to stay then fair enough in letting him leave. I'd rather have Addy (who wants to wear the shirt) filling in at number 6 and putting in 100% than Sammut stealing a wage. What bothers me is the circumstances that cause players to leave the club, given the right adiministration these issues can be resolved before players feel the need to jump ship. Hopefully this is something Green and co have a good handle on. After all being a good man manager is essential to heading a successfuly business. Bullmaniac
  • Score: 6

12:48pm Tue 3 Jun 14

A650 says...

Sammut wanted a pay rise and was told no.
Sammut wanted a pay rise and was told no. A650
  • Score: 0

12:57pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Sad bull says...

A650 wrote:
Sammut wanted a pay rise and was told no.
Quire right too.

He was never going to be first choice 6 before Kearney was injured, for the simple reason he never plays a whole game even when on the field for 80 minutes. The halves control the way you want to play and I know he was great to watch, but he also went missing for long periods, when the game often swung away from us.

No great loss and I for one wouldn't want him back.
[quote][p][bold]A650[/bold] wrote: Sammut wanted a pay rise and was told no.[/p][/quote]Quire right too. He was never going to be first choice 6 before Kearney was injured, for the simple reason he never plays a whole game even when on the field for 80 minutes. The halves control the way you want to play and I know he was great to watch, but he also went missing for long periods, when the game often swung away from us. No great loss and I for one wouldn't want him back. Sad bull
  • Score: 5

1:43pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Solomon Grundy says...

The only reason I mention it is because if he was playing for us we would be more creative with the ball and thus win more matches. Addy is a smashing lad who gives his all but he is not an SL number 6.
The only reason I mention it is because if he was playing for us we would be more creative with the ball and thus win more matches. Addy is a smashing lad who gives his all but he is not an SL number 6. Solomon Grundy
  • Score: 1

2:34pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Sad bull says...

Solomon Grundy wrote:
The only reason I mention it is because if he was playing for us we would be more creative with the ball and thus win more matches. Addy is a smashing lad who gives his all but he is not an SL number 6.
I agree with you completely but Sammut was something of a luxury we couldn't afford given the size of our squad.

I too like Addy but agree he isn't a 6 and to be fair to him he doesn't want to be. At least he gives it his best shot when asked to do the job and that is all we can ask really.
[quote][p][bold]Solomon Grundy[/bold] wrote: The only reason I mention it is because if he was playing for us we would be more creative with the ball and thus win more matches. Addy is a smashing lad who gives his all but he is not an SL number 6.[/p][/quote]I agree with you completely but Sammut was something of a luxury we couldn't afford given the size of our squad. I too like Addy but agree he isn't a 6 and to be fair to him he doesn't want to be. At least he gives it his best shot when asked to do the job and that is all we can ask really. Sad bull
  • Score: 7

6:52am Wed 4 Jun 14

The Fat Lady Sings says...

What time is the points appeal today? When will the result be know? Instantly or at some propitious RFL time?
What time is the points appeal today? When will the result be know? Instantly or at some propitious RFL time? The Fat Lady Sings
  • Score: 0

12:32pm Wed 4 Jun 14

BradfordSportsFan says...

Solomon Grundy wrote:
The only reason I mention it is because if he was playing for us we would be more creative with the ball and thus win more matches. Addy is a smashing lad who gives his all but he is not an SL number 6.
He is more creative but the supporting players never know what he's going to do and is mistake prone.
If he'd have completed a simple pass at the end of the 1st half after a good break it could've been a completely different game.
In the 2nd half he gave a couple of hospital passes leading to knock ons. It looks like a mistake from the other player but is down to a shocking pass.

To be honest I prefer Addy and think he outplayed Sammut. He left Gale and Gaskell to pull the strings but kept the ball moving quickly which found Wakey out in the 1st half.
[quote][p][bold]Solomon Grundy[/bold] wrote: The only reason I mention it is because if he was playing for us we would be more creative with the ball and thus win more matches. Addy is a smashing lad who gives his all but he is not an SL number 6.[/p][/quote]He is more creative but the supporting players never know what he's going to do and is mistake prone. If he'd have completed a simple pass at the end of the 1st half after a good break it could've been a completely different game. In the 2nd half he gave a couple of hospital passes leading to knock ons. It looks like a mistake from the other player but is down to a shocking pass. To be honest I prefer Addy and think he outplayed Sammut. He left Gale and Gaskell to pull the strings but kept the ball moving quickly which found Wakey out in the 1st half. BradfordSportsFan
  • Score: 1

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