Dropped Bradford Bulls pair will still feature, insists Jimmy Lowes

Jimmy Lowes is keen to sign Danny Williams, pictured, on a permanent basis

Jimmy Lowes is keen to sign Danny Williams, pictured, on a permanent basis

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

BULLS coach Jimmy Lowes has assured Luke George and Jamie Foster they still have roles to play this season despite the arrival of Danny Williams.

George was dropped for last weekend’s trip to Warrington while Foster has not played for five games, with Salford loanee Williams looking certain to start against Catalan on Sunday.

Lowes said yesterday he is keen to sign Williams on a permanent deal but insisted the increased competition for places can only benefit all parties.

He said: “What Danny brings at the moment is experience and that’s something which both Jamie Foster and Luke George can learn from.

“Jamie and Luke are good players and, like I’ve said to them, they are going to feature for us this season.

“In the past two weeks, Jamie has really rolled his sleeves up and been a fantastic trainer.

“Strength in depth is always massively important in rugby because it’s very physical and you play a lot of games.”

Lowes said his search for new recruits for next season was continuing behind the scenes, with the Bulls effectively offering their targets a deal in the event of survival and relegation.

He explained: “You can only let them know what’s on the table with a Plan A or a Plan B and then the players have got to make a decision based on that.

“It’s a challenge for the club but it’s not going to be easy.

“You must go and play rugby in some tough places in the Championship but the long-term plan if we do go down is to come back up and be a force in Super League again.

“It’s alright me sat here saying that – we’ve got to put it into action.

“Right now we are in Super League but in a month’s time we might not be.

“We will cross that bridge when we come to it and plan accordingly. We’ll approach players, let them know the situation and it’s up to them if they want to jump on board.”

Lowes, who revealed Dale Ferguson was close to making a welcome return to action, wished Leon Pryce well after he chose to join Hull on a two-year deal despite interest from the Bulls.

The head coach added: “I haven’t spoken to Leon but why wouldn’t the club show interest in a former Bradford player who has won many titles and played for Great Britain?

“He went to Catalan and has been an integral part of their team for the past few years.

“Fair play to Hull, they have come in and offered him a good package and he has decided to take that. As a club I don’t think we put a package together, but good luck to Leon. He’s a good lad and he will only ever want the best for Bradford.”

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9:13am Fri 4 Jul 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

"As a club I don’t think we put a package together" that does not bode well for JL being able to strengthen his squad or even prepare for next season in SL 2.

I hope Jimmy is getting all the support that he needs from the Board?

Luke has been poor in defence and Jamie Foster is obviously got his mind focused elsewhere.
"As a club I don’t think we put a package together" that does not bode well for JL being able to strengthen his squad or even prepare for next season in SL 2. I hope Jimmy is getting all the support that he needs from the Board? Luke has been poor in defence and Jamie Foster is obviously got his mind focused elsewhere. fedupwiththeBS
  • Score: 2

9:24am Fri 4 Jul 14

Bowlingboy says...

Sell both to highest bidder.
If Williams is fast and mean enough give him a deal.
Move forward and sign committed hard players who want it.
As far as Leon goes that ship has sailed forget it.
I personally look forward to what the future holds this year has been depressing.
Sell both to highest bidder. If Williams is fast and mean enough give him a deal. Move forward and sign committed hard players who want it. As far as Leon goes that ship has sailed forget it. I personally look forward to what the future holds this year has been depressing. Bowlingboy
  • Score: 11

10:16am Fri 4 Jul 14

Videoref says...

Ferguson nearing fitness!?
What terrific value for money he has been. Assuming he'll be off as soon as we're relegated wonder what his cost per matches played ratio works out at.
Ferguson nearing fitness!? What terrific value for money he has been. Assuming he'll be off as soon as we're relegated wonder what his cost per matches played ratio works out at. Videoref
  • Score: 6

10:18am Fri 4 Jul 14

CanaBull says...

“Jamie and Luke are good players and, like I’ve said to them, they are going to feature for us this season."
Need someone to kick the balls back and run the water...lol

As for Pryce, I'm glad he wasn't considered. Never rated him until he went elsewhere, probably dodged a bullet with him going to Hull. Personally I'd rather see resources spent on a good assistant coach, preferably with halves experience, to bring on the young 'uns next year.
“Jamie and Luke are good players and, like I’ve said to them, they are going to feature for us this season." Need someone to kick the balls back and run the water...lol As for Pryce, I'm glad he wasn't considered. Never rated him until he went elsewhere, probably dodged a bullet with him going to Hull. Personally I'd rather see resources spent on a good assistant coach, preferably with halves experience, to bring on the young 'uns next year. CanaBull
  • Score: -4

10:44am Fri 4 Jul 14

BradfordSportsFan says...

fedupwiththeBS wrote:
"As a club I don’t think we put a package together" that does not bode well for JL being able to strengthen his squad or even prepare for next season in SL 2. I hope Jimmy is getting all the support that he needs from the Board? Luke has been poor in defence and Jamie Foster is obviously got his mind focused elsewhere.
I wouldn't read too much into it. I don't think Leon returning was ever really on the cards as he still has something to offer a SL club, which lets face it we aren't next year.
I think he's probably had an informal convo with Green where both clarified that we couldn't really afford anywhere near his what he'd play for...no need to Lowes to get involved.

I'll bet he returns in 2 years time though for a final cameo season.
[quote][p][bold]fedupwiththeBS[/bold] wrote: "As a club I don’t think we put a package together" that does not bode well for JL being able to strengthen his squad or even prepare for next season in SL 2. I hope Jimmy is getting all the support that he needs from the Board? Luke has been poor in defence and Jamie Foster is obviously got his mind focused elsewhere.[/p][/quote]I wouldn't read too much into it. I don't think Leon returning was ever really on the cards as he still has something to offer a SL club, which lets face it we aren't next year. I think he's probably had an informal convo with Green where both clarified that we couldn't really afford anywhere near his what he'd play for...no need to Lowes to get involved. I'll bet he returns in 2 years time though for a final cameo season. BradfordSportsFan
  • Score: 3

11:33am Fri 4 Jul 14

CanaBull says...

On a complete tangent, and apologies for the derail, the Canada Wolverines Rugby League are up against the England Lionhearts (NW League select 13) here in Toronto tomorrow night. It’s going to be a hard night at the office for us developing things on this side of the pond, but looking forward to it!
On a complete tangent, and apologies for the derail, the Canada Wolverines Rugby League are up against the England Lionhearts (NW League select 13) here in Toronto tomorrow night. It’s going to be a hard night at the office for us developing things on this side of the pond, but looking forward to it! CanaBull
  • Score: 3

11:34am Fri 4 Jul 14

franklyn says...

don't know why they are still talking plan A and plan B. relegation has been a sure thing for weeks.
Had we not been deducted 6 points, its the games lost that have made sure we'd go down.
It's time to stop living in the past and get on with building a team for lower grade rugby.
Getting promoted back to S/L has now got to be the one and only aim at the club. Jimmy won't find it easy, London are to remain full time and Leigh look a real good side to me, Fev will also be up there trying, it will be a hard league to win.
Good luck to J L with the challenge that lies ahead, just hope the bulk of our fans will stay with them.
don't know why they are still talking plan A and plan B. relegation has been a sure thing for weeks. Had we not been deducted 6 points, its the games lost that have made sure we'd go down. It's time to stop living in the past and get on with building a team for lower grade rugby. Getting promoted back to S/L has now got to be the one and only aim at the club. Jimmy won't find it easy, London are to remain full time and Leigh look a real good side to me, Fev will also be up there trying, it will be a hard league to win. Good luck to J L with the challenge that lies ahead, just hope the bulk of our fans will stay with them. franklyn
  • Score: 9

1:26pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Speaking of the points appeal. I know people don't agree and think we'll be down anyway, even with the 6 points back. But I wonder if there's more to it... if (as has been claimed) the RFL messed up brokering a deal before we went into administration, then there's far more than the 6 points at stake.

For a start, we probably would have kept Sammut and Scrutton, and we wouldn't have been prevented from signing other players. We could have been a lot stronger as a team, and Wakefield weaker.

If the RFL are found to have been at fault, can Bradford sue them for loss of revenue, both this season and when we're relegated?
Speaking of the points appeal. I know people don't agree and think we'll be down anyway, even with the 6 points back. But I wonder if there's more to it... if (as has been claimed) the RFL messed up brokering a deal before we went into administration, then there's far more than the 6 points at stake. For a start, we probably would have kept Sammut and Scrutton, and we wouldn't have been prevented from signing other players. We could have been a lot stronger as a team, and Wakefield weaker. If the RFL are found to have been at fault, can Bradford sue them for loss of revenue, both this season and when we're relegated? Bone_idle18
  • Score: 7

4:29pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Bullmaniac says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
Speaking of the points appeal. I know people don't agree and think we'll be down anyway, even with the 6 points back. But I wonder if there's more to it... if (as has been claimed) the RFL messed up brokering a deal before we went into administration, then there's far more than the 6 points at stake.

For a start, we probably would have kept Sammut and Scrutton, and we wouldn't have been prevented from signing other players. We could have been a lot stronger as a team, and Wakefield weaker.

If the RFL are found to have been at fault, can Bradford sue them for loss of revenue, both this season and when we're relegated?
The RFL ballsing up the whole situation with regards the reduction in central funding and also the transfer of ownership to Moore and co as well as the 6 point deduction has done for the Bulls. Prior to the start of the season we were infinitely better on paper than Wakefield but events have conspired against us. Hopefully success in the Courts could at least partly remedy what has been a nightmare season for everyone involved with the club.
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: Speaking of the points appeal. I know people don't agree and think we'll be down anyway, even with the 6 points back. But I wonder if there's more to it... if (as has been claimed) the RFL messed up brokering a deal before we went into administration, then there's far more than the 6 points at stake. For a start, we probably would have kept Sammut and Scrutton, and we wouldn't have been prevented from signing other players. We could have been a lot stronger as a team, and Wakefield weaker. If the RFL are found to have been at fault, can Bradford sue them for loss of revenue, both this season and when we're relegated?[/p][/quote]The RFL ballsing up the whole situation with regards the reduction in central funding and also the transfer of ownership to Moore and co as well as the 6 point deduction has done for the Bulls. Prior to the start of the season we were infinitely better on paper than Wakefield but events have conspired against us. Hopefully success in the Courts could at least partly remedy what has been a nightmare season for everyone involved with the club. Bullmaniac
  • Score: 2

8:15pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Bowlingboy says...

Bullmaniac wrote:
Bone_idle18 wrote:
Speaking of the points appeal. I know people don't agree and think we'll be down anyway, even with the 6 points back. But I wonder if there's more to it... if (as has been claimed) the RFL messed up brokering a deal before we went into administration, then there's far more than the 6 points at stake.

For a start, we probably would have kept Sammut and Scrutton, and we wouldn't have been prevented from signing other players. We could have been a lot stronger as a team, and Wakefield weaker.

If the RFL are found to have been at fault, can Bradford sue them for loss of revenue, both this season and when we're relegated?
The RFL ballsing up the whole situation with regards the reduction in central funding and also the transfer of ownership to Moore and co as well as the 6 point deduction has done for the Bulls. Prior to the start of the season we were infinitely better on paper than Wakefield but events have conspired against us. Hopefully success in the Courts could at least partly remedy what has been a nightmare season for everyone involved with the club.
We have been well and truly stitched up...
The whole khan fraudster affair was overseen by the role in the first place.
Still no use crying over spilt milk.
[quote][p][bold]Bullmaniac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: Speaking of the points appeal. I know people don't agree and think we'll be down anyway, even with the 6 points back. But I wonder if there's more to it... if (as has been claimed) the RFL messed up brokering a deal before we went into administration, then there's far more than the 6 points at stake. For a start, we probably would have kept Sammut and Scrutton, and we wouldn't have been prevented from signing other players. We could have been a lot stronger as a team, and Wakefield weaker. If the RFL are found to have been at fault, can Bradford sue them for loss of revenue, both this season and when we're relegated?[/p][/quote]The RFL ballsing up the whole situation with regards the reduction in central funding and also the transfer of ownership to Moore and co as well as the 6 point deduction has done for the Bulls. Prior to the start of the season we were infinitely better on paper than Wakefield but events have conspired against us. Hopefully success in the Courts could at least partly remedy what has been a nightmare season for everyone involved with the club.[/p][/quote]We have been well and truly stitched up... The whole khan fraudster affair was overseen by the role in the first place. Still no use crying over spilt milk. Bowlingboy
  • Score: -1

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