New Bradford Bulls Jake Mullaney up for the challenge of replacing Brett Kearney

Brett Kearney, pictured, has confirmed he will move back to Australia at the end of the season

Brett Kearney, pictured, has confirmed he will move back to Australia at the end of the season

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JAKE Mullaney admits he has “big shoes to fill” as he prepares to replace Brett Kearney at Odsal next season.

Kearney yesterday confirmed he will leave the Bulls at the end of the current campaign and head home to Australia.

Since arriving from Cronulla Sharks ahead of the 2010 campaign, the 30-year-old has made 103 Super League appearances and scored 54 tries.

Salford full back Mullaney, who has signed a one-year deal for 2015, said: “Brett is obviously a very good player and has been for many years.

“I knew of him when he was playing in Australia and he has consistently proved his class at Bradford, so they are pretty big shoes to fill if that’s where I’m going to be play.

“I can play five-eighth or full back but in the last few years I’ve played mainly full back. That would probably be my preferred position.”

Mullaney has also been likened to former Warrington full back Brett Hodgson due to their slight physiques, prolific goal-kicking and ability to play full back and stand-off.

Both men also played their junior football with the Western Suburbs Magpies before going on to represent Wests Tigers and Parramatta Eels.

Mullaney, 24, added: “We come from the same area and junior club, so that tag was put on me when I was younger.

“I guess there are a few similarities in our game but one player I’ve always admired greatly is Billy Slater.

“He’s probably been the best player in the world for the past five or six years and if I had to model myself on anyone it would be him.”

Mullaney will leave Salford after just one season following the arrival of New Zealand star Kevin Locke but he is relishing the challenge of guiding Bradford back into Super League.

“Salford seemed to think that I wouldn’t play as much footie next year with Kevin Locke having come in,” said Mullaney, who is currently recovering from a torn pectoral muscle.

“Bradford seemed like a great opportunity so it was a pretty easy decision in the end.

“It’ll be a different challenge to what I have ever experienced before so it’s quite exciting.

“I went to the lottery relaunch at Cedar Court last week and it’s clear the fans are still right behind us. I’m really looking forward to it and if I enjoy it then I’ll happily stay for longer.”

Kearney, meanwhile, has not yet found a club back in Australia but said: “My decision to leave was a family one and they come first.

“We have had a difficult few years but the support from the terraces has never wavered.

“For that, I would like to thank our fantastic fans and the great staff at the club.

“I believe the Bulls are in brilliant hands and I look forward to seeing them back in Super League as soon as possible.

“I will certainly be keeping an eye on Bradford next year and wish everyone here well for the future. This is a great club and I am proud to have been a part of it.”

Meanwhile, Featherstone chairman Mark Campbell has confirmed that Rovers winger or centre Etu Uaisele will join the Bulls for next season.

The Tonga international is on loan at Sheffield Eagles for the rest of this season and Campbell said: “It’s rumoured that Etu Uaisele and Steve Crossley will both be leaving at the end of the season and I can confirm these rumours to be true. We wish both players well at Bradford and Castleford respectively.”

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7:55am Tue 5 Aug 14

monobrow man says...

For all kearneys great attack his last line of defence was woeful. Looking forward to seeing mullaney he is a top player.
For all kearneys great attack his last line of defence was woeful. Looking forward to seeing mullaney he is a top player. monobrow man
  • Score: 1

8:28am Tue 5 Aug 14

Sad bull says...

monobrow man wrote:
For all kearneys great attack his last line of defence was woeful. Looking forward to seeing mullaney he is a top player.
A bit hard on Brett I think.

The fact is that the tackling of the whole team was woeful and often left him with way too much to do.

I know what that feels like personally.

Good luck to Brett and his family.
[quote][p][bold]monobrow man[/bold] wrote: For all kearneys great attack his last line of defence was woeful. Looking forward to seeing mullaney he is a top player.[/p][/quote]A bit hard on Brett I think. The fact is that the tackling of the whole team was woeful and often left him with way too much to do. I know what that feels like personally. Good luck to Brett and his family. Sad bull
  • Score: 13

8:32am Tue 5 Aug 14

Worstbus says...

Jake to replace Brett holding the bullocks begging bowl as they attempt to scrounge money off their fans.

FOYB!!!
Jake to replace Brett holding the bullocks begging bowl as they attempt to scrounge money off their fans. FOYB!!! Worstbus
  • Score: -34

8:44am Tue 5 Aug 14

Mumby was the best says...

Thanks Brett you always gave it all and often as not the one who got the fans on their toes when you had the ball in hand. Hopefully Jake can be such a good signing COYB
Thanks Brett you always gave it all and often as not the one who got the fans on their toes when you had the ball in hand. Hopefully Jake can be such a good signing COYB Mumby was the best
  • Score: 17

9:00am Tue 5 Aug 14

northern pig says...

Worstbus wrote:
Jake to replace Brett holding the bullocks begging bowl as they attempt to scrounge money off their fans.

FOYB!!!
I have watched Bradford since 1960.i have been fortunate to see my club win everything from Yorkshire cups to World club challenges.Like many,I do not consider, giving money to the club i love as scrounging. You would not understand that! All genuine rugby league supporters have the capacity to love the game in general at every level. So find another vehicle to get off on.Rugby League Is not for you.
[quote][p][bold]Worstbus[/bold] wrote: Jake to replace Brett holding the bullocks begging bowl as they attempt to scrounge money off their fans. FOYB!!![/p][/quote]I have watched Bradford since 1960.i have been fortunate to see my club win everything from Yorkshire cups to World club challenges.Like many,I do not consider, giving money to the club i love as scrounging. You would not understand that! All genuine rugby league supporters have the capacity to love the game in general at every level. So find another vehicle to get off on.Rugby League Is not for you. northern pig
  • Score: 26

9:33am Tue 5 Aug 14

nosher says...

Will the season tickets be cheaper next year ?
Will the season tickets be cheaper next year ? nosher
  • Score: -3

9:43am Tue 5 Aug 14

Bowlingboy says...

Worstbus wrote:
Jake to replace Brett holding the bullocks begging bowl as they attempt to scrounge money off their fans.

FOYB!!!
what a nerd.
[quote][p][bold]Worstbus[/bold] wrote: Jake to replace Brett holding the bullocks begging bowl as they attempt to scrounge money off their fans. FOYB!!![/p][/quote]what a nerd. Bowlingboy
  • Score: 10

10:02am Tue 5 Aug 14

bully4us says...

Do not reply to the sh*t for brains who come on here. The T and A aren't bothered as long as they get the advertising revenue.

Ignore them as they would hate that.
Do not reply to the sh*t for brains who come on here. The T and A aren't bothered as long as they get the advertising revenue. Ignore them as they would hate that. bully4us
  • Score: 12

11:05am Tue 5 Aug 14

Odsal53 says...

Brett Kearney has been a really good signing for us and his committment can not be questioned. He was not afraid of taking the ball in where it was going to hurt. He had some slips in defence at full back and as last line of defence it was easier to see. However there were more slips by the players in front of him. How sargison could have no charge against hi involvement in Brett having to leave the field against wigan is beyond me, he went in with intent!!!!!!!.
I would think that the tickets would be cheaper next year. We are playing in the championship and will onl play 10 home games in the first part of the compitition. If we get into the middle 8 we will have 3 home games. I would think that they may be regarded as play off games and will not come under the umberella of league games we will have to see. As a concession payer I can go to Batley, park on the official car park, get a stand ticket, a burger at the cost of £15.
Brett Kearney has been a really good signing for us and his committment can not be questioned. He was not afraid of taking the ball in where it was going to hurt. He had some slips in defence at full back and as last line of defence it was easier to see. However there were more slips by the players in front of him. How sargison could have no charge against hi involvement in Brett having to leave the field against wigan is beyond me, he went in with intent!!!!!!!. I would think that the tickets would be cheaper next year. We are playing in the championship and will onl play 10 home games in the first part of the compitition. If we get into the middle 8 we will have 3 home games. I would think that they may be regarded as play off games and will not come under the umberella of league games we will have to see. As a concession payer I can go to Batley, park on the official car park, get a stand ticket, a burger at the cost of £15. Odsal53
  • Score: 4

11:51am Tue 5 Aug 14

bully4us says...

You are right Odsal. The price should be less and would hopefully encourage some supporters to come back. If there are 12 of us in that league that will be 11 home games plus hopefully 4 play off games at home if we finish in the top two. I would expect the play-off games to either be pay at the gate or a special additional price for all four when you know if you are in the top two or not. If Fev charge £17 I would expect us to charge that or maybe a pound or so more. Full price for all 11 would be very near £200 so I assume a ST would be around £160 and then the other 3-4 games paid in some other method - possibly a 43-4 game ticket at around £60. However it works I am really looking forward to a season or two playing some of the teams we haven't seen for years and seeing some competitive games again until we earn our place back in SL.
You are right Odsal. The price should be less and would hopefully encourage some supporters to come back. If there are 12 of us in that league that will be 11 home games plus hopefully 4 play off games at home if we finish in the top two. I would expect the play-off games to either be pay at the gate or a special additional price for all four when you know if you are in the top two or not. If Fev charge £17 I would expect us to charge that or maybe a pound or so more. Full price for all 11 would be very near £200 so I assume a ST would be around £160 and then the other 3-4 games paid in some other method - possibly a 43-4 game ticket at around £60. However it works I am really looking forward to a season or two playing some of the teams we haven't seen for years and seeing some competitive games again until we earn our place back in SL. bully4us
  • Score: 5

1:38pm Tue 5 Aug 14

bradfordbronco says...

Worstbus wrote:
Jake to replace Brett holding the bullocks begging bowl as they attempt to scrounge money off their fans.

FOYB!!!
Still following the Bulls I see. I'd go onto the rhino's site but I just can't be bothered
[quote][p][bold]Worstbus[/bold] wrote: Jake to replace Brett holding the bullocks begging bowl as they attempt to scrounge money off their fans. FOYB!!![/p][/quote]Still following the Bulls I see. I'd go onto the rhino's site but I just can't be bothered bradfordbronco
  • Score: 1

2:01pm Tue 5 Aug 14

nosher says...

Having seen many ups and downs since 1964 with the northern / bulls, recently I was questioning ever going again. I dragged myself to the wigan game and I am glad I did. A good competitive game, which has given me the interest back. As it stands I will be getting a season ticket.
Having seen many ups and downs since 1964 with the northern / bulls, recently I was questioning ever going again. I dragged myself to the wigan game and I am glad I did. A good competitive game, which has given me the interest back. As it stands I will be getting a season ticket. nosher
  • Score: 8

3:22pm Tue 5 Aug 14

raisemeup says...

northern pig wrote:
Worstbus wrote:
Jake to replace Brett holding the bullocks begging bowl as they attempt to scrounge money off their fans.

FOYB!!!
I have watched Bradford since 1960.i have been fortunate to see my club win everything from Yorkshire cups to World club challenges.Like many,I do not consider, giving money to the club i love as scrounging. You would not understand that! All genuine rugby league supporters have the capacity to love the game in general at every level. So find another vehicle to get off on.Rugby League Is not for you.
The effluent product facilities at Cooper Bridge or Salterhebble come to mind.
But another saying comes to mind:
"Never argue with idiots because they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience." —Greg King
[quote][p][bold]northern pig[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Worstbus[/bold] wrote: Jake to replace Brett holding the bullocks begging bowl as they attempt to scrounge money off their fans. FOYB!!![/p][/quote]I have watched Bradford since 1960.i have been fortunate to see my club win everything from Yorkshire cups to World club challenges.Like many,I do not consider, giving money to the club i love as scrounging. You would not understand that! All genuine rugby league supporters have the capacity to love the game in general at every level. So find another vehicle to get off on.Rugby League Is not for you.[/p][/quote]The effluent product facilities at Cooper Bridge or Salterhebble come to mind. But another saying comes to mind: "Never argue with idiots because they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience." —Greg King raisemeup
  • Score: 5

3:30pm Tue 5 Aug 14

raisemeup says...

Saw jake at Salford , he is a very good player, and his goal kicking is also pretty good.
let's hope for a good future at the Bulls for him and us!
When you reach the bottom, like the top there is only one way to go.
We have had enough of the downward journey now!

COYB
Saw jake at Salford , he is a very good player, and his goal kicking is also pretty good. let's hope for a good future at the Bulls for him and us! When you reach the bottom, like the top there is only one way to go. We have had enough of the downward journey now! COYB raisemeup
  • Score: 6

5:44pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Out of site says...

raisemeup wrote:
Saw jake at Salford , he is a very good player, and his goal kicking is also pretty good.
let's hope for a good future at the Bulls for him and us!
When you reach the bottom, like the top there is only one way to go.
We have had enough of the downward journey now!

COYB
When you reach the bottom the Viking will be there.
[quote][p][bold]raisemeup[/bold] wrote: Saw jake at Salford , he is a very good player, and his goal kicking is also pretty good. let's hope for a good future at the Bulls for him and us! When you reach the bottom, like the top there is only one way to go. We have had enough of the downward journey now! COYB[/p][/quote]When you reach the bottom the Viking will be there. Out of site
  • Score: -5

7:26pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Videoref says...

Worstbus wrote:
Jake to replace Brett holding the bullocks begging bowl as they attempt to scrounge money off their fans.

FOYB!!!
I would have a battle of wits with you but it would be so unfair with you being only half equipped
[quote][p][bold]Worstbus[/bold] wrote: Jake to replace Brett holding the bullocks begging bowl as they attempt to scrounge money off their fans. FOYB!!![/p][/quote]I would have a battle of wits with you but it would be so unfair with you being only half equipped Videoref
  • Score: 4

4:48pm Fri 8 Aug 14

The Man From the Pru says...

Out of S*ite, your obsession with Viking is bearing on the unnatural. As to reaching the bottom, we've been there before, out of business and come back bigger and stronger. So nothing new in it. Your statement is irrelevant, to all true Northern/bulls fans.

Worstbus, your comments bear your name out. Pointless, irrelevant, meaningless, positively the worst on here. COYB.
Out of S*ite, your obsession with Viking is bearing on the unnatural. As to reaching the bottom, we've been there before, out of business and come back bigger and stronger. So nothing new in it. Your statement is irrelevant, to all true Northern/bulls fans. Worstbus, your comments bear your name out. Pointless, irrelevant, meaningless, positively the worst on here. COYB. The Man From the Pru
  • Score: 0

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