Bradford Bulls coach Jimmy Lowes has his favourites as he looks to the future

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: BACK FROM THE WILDERNESS: Jamie Foster has been recalled after missing the Bulls’ last six matches, giving him renewed hope that his time at Odsal may not be coming to an end after all BACK FROM THE WILDERNESS: Jamie Foster has been recalled after missing the Bulls’ last six matches, giving him renewed hope that his time at Odsal may not be coming to an end after all

JIMMY Lowes has revealed planning is underway as the Bulls look to assemble a squad for next season.

The Bradford head coach said he would ideally like to keep around “90 per cent” of his current crop for 2015 but he accepts a number will depart in the event of relegation.

Nevertheless, Lowes is hopeful that there will not be a mass exodus and said he would look to bring in his own players to bolster the squad.

The Bulls chief has recalled Jamie Foster to the squad for tomorrow’s trip to St Helens and has also included teenagers Nathan Conroy and Alex Mellor.

Lowes said: “I’ve made it quite clear in a couple of meetings that I’d like to keep all the players, or least 90 per cent of them, but obviously that can’t happen.

“If we do go down, it’s a whole different ballpark, but I’ve earmarked the players I’d like to keep whether we are up or down.

“I had an idea of the players and what they’re about, particularly the senior boys, but I’ve had to get to know some of the other guys and I’m still doing that.

“But I’ve got a good idea of who I’d potentially like to keep.”

Former Bulls stand-off Ben Jeffries will join Leigh next season and London Broncos yesterday announced the signing of Italy’s World Cup hooker Ray Nasso on a two-year deal.

Sheffield Eagles have signed Kyle Briggs from Featherstone Rovers on a two-and-a-half year deal.

The Bulls are understood to be making progress behind the scenes with potential recruits for next season and have already stated they will retain a full-time squad.

Lowes added: “If we are truly serious about coming straight back up if we do go down then we have to treat ourselves like a Super League club.”

Dale Ferguson and Oliver Roberts remain sidelined but are closing in on a return.

Lowes said he was particularly looking forward to seeing Roberts play and suggested that teenage half-back Adam Brook would also get a first-team run-out before the end of the season.

The Bulls coach added that skipper Matt Diskin had been assisting him in training but he had not made a decision on a permanent number two.

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8:36am Thu 10 Jul 14

flashdonut says...

Well. Has to be said. Jimmy seems to be doing it all right. Giving everybody a shot and all that. Keep up the good work.
Well. Has to be said. Jimmy seems to be doing it all right. Giving everybody a shot and all that. Keep up the good work. flashdonut
  • Score: 20

8:52am Thu 10 Jul 14

Videoref says...

So Jimmy's looking forward to seeing Roberts play-bet he's looking forward to seeing Ferguson play too! Aren't we all?! What a cost effective signing he has been.
So Jimmy's looking forward to seeing Roberts play-bet he's looking forward to seeing Ferguson play too! Aren't we all?! What a cost effective signing he has been. Videoref
  • Score: 14

9:35am Thu 10 Jul 14

Bullmaniac says...

Dale Ferguson is down there with Nik Zisti as being one of the most dissappointing signing we have made over the years. He obviously isn't bothered about playing, some lads will turn out with a leg missing and some simply don't play unless 100%. Before I come in for criticism I appreciate it is a tough game (I've played the game for nearly 20 years) but the difference in characters of some players is telling.
Dale Ferguson is down there with Nik Zisti as being one of the most dissappointing signing we have made over the years. He obviously isn't bothered about playing, some lads will turn out with a leg missing and some simply don't play unless 100%. Before I come in for criticism I appreciate it is a tough game (I've played the game for nearly 20 years) but the difference in characters of some players is telling. Bullmaniac
  • Score: 18

10:55am Thu 10 Jul 14

raisemeup says...

Bullmaniac wrote:
Dale Ferguson is down there with Nik Zisti as being one of the most dissappointing signing we have made over the years. He obviously isn't bothered about playing, some lads will turn out with a leg missing and some simply don't play unless 100%. Before I come in for criticism I appreciate it is a tough game (I've played the game for nearly 20 years) but the difference in characters of some players is telling.
You are right BM. However it's a difficult call if you don't know the circumstances.
The frustrating situation is that a vital spot was taken in the squad by a player who hasn't played. With our team being as it was that was an unaffordable luxury!
[quote][p][bold]Bullmaniac[/bold] wrote: Dale Ferguson is down there with Nik Zisti as being one of the most dissappointing signing we have made over the years. He obviously isn't bothered about playing, some lads will turn out with a leg missing and some simply don't play unless 100%. Before I come in for criticism I appreciate it is a tough game (I've played the game for nearly 20 years) but the difference in characters of some players is telling.[/p][/quote]You are right BM. However it's a difficult call if you don't know the circumstances. The frustrating situation is that a vital spot was taken in the squad by a player who hasn't played. With our team being as it was that was an unaffordable luxury! raisemeup
  • Score: 18

12:27pm Thu 10 Jul 14

nosher says...

If Ferguson has got a can't be bothered attitude. That's probably why the giants let us have him !!!!!
If Ferguson has got a can't be bothered attitude. That's probably why the giants let us have him !!!!! nosher
  • Score: 9

2:43pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Bowlingboy says...

To make him a cost effective signing he would single handedly have to save us from relegation.
To make him a cost effective signing he would single handedly have to save us from relegation. Bowlingboy
  • Score: 4

5:16pm Thu 10 Jul 14

axelf1963 says...

What's all this if we go down stuff, Surely its got to be when.
What's all this if we go down stuff, Surely its got to be when. axelf1963
  • Score: -3

6:32pm Thu 10 Jul 14

1964gc says...

axelf1963 wrote:
What's all this if we go down stuff, Surely its got to be when.
Agreed ,but if we go out with some dignity its a little more palatable
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: What's all this if we go down stuff, Surely its got to be when.[/p][/quote]Agreed ,but if we go out with some dignity its a little more palatable 1964gc
  • Score: 3

5:46am Fri 11 Jul 14

Mr P Lumb says...

1964gc wrote:
axelf1963 wrote:
What's all this if we go down stuff, Surely its got to be when.
Agreed ,but if we go out with some dignity its a little more palatable
The word dignity and Bradford bulls hardly go hand in hand. With the previous and all too numerous cowboys, con-men and comedians that have taken this once proud club to become a complete pariah within the game I think your hopes of any kind of dignity, outside of the bubble that is being a bulls fan, is sadly misplaced. The sooner they go down, the sooner reality takes hold, the sooner the real values needed to run a decent club at all levels are put on place then the sooner the word "dignity" and the Bradford bulls will be able to sit comfortably together.
[quote][p][bold]1964gc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: What's all this if we go down stuff, Surely its got to be when.[/p][/quote]Agreed ,but if we go out with some dignity its a little more palatable[/p][/quote]The word dignity and Bradford bulls hardly go hand in hand. With the previous and all too numerous cowboys, con-men and comedians that have taken this once proud club to become a complete pariah within the game I think your hopes of any kind of dignity, outside of the bubble that is being a bulls fan, is sadly misplaced. The sooner they go down, the sooner reality takes hold, the sooner the real values needed to run a decent club at all levels are put on place then the sooner the word "dignity" and the Bradford bulls will be able to sit comfortably together. Mr P Lumb
  • Score: -1
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