VIDEO: Gr-eight news for Bradford Bulls as latest recruit Uaisele discusses his 'big move'

Etu Uaisele will join the Bulls on a two-year deal from next season

Etu Uaisele will join the Bulls on a two-year deal from next season

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ETU Uaisele last night spoke of his determination to help steer the Bulls back into Super League at the first attempt after signing a two-year deal.

The Featherstone winger or centre will join Jimmy Lowes’ side for pre-season training in October after becoming the eighth player to sign up for next year’s promotion push.

Uaisele follows Dave Petersen, Jake Mullaney, Dan Fleming, Dale Ferguson, Lee Gaskell, Tom Olbison and Adam Sidlow in coming on board and says he could not be happier.

The Tongan, who is currently loan at Sheffield Eagles for the rest of this season, is well aware of the greats who have graced the red, amber and black down the years.

“I grew up watching Bradford,” said Uaisele, who was born in Tonga before moving to New Zealand and then making his name in the NRL with Parramatta and Penrith.

“They were a top team with guys like Lesley Vainikolo and I loved watching him when I was a young lad growing up in New Zealand.

“When you consider what that team achieved, it’s a pretty big move for me and I can’t wait to get started.”

Uaisele, a close friend of Bulls prop Manase Manuokafoa, will offer Lowes plenty of versatility in the backline next term.

The amiable 29-year-old, who scored a try in Sheffield’s win at Doncaster last weekend, added: “I can play full back, centre and wing.

“My main focus for next year is to get this great club back into Super League where it belongs.

“I’m playing good footie at the moment and I still feel very young. Some of the boys ask me how old I am and I say ‘I’m still 21!

“I’m starting to enjoy my footie again at Sheffield. I’m there until the end of the year and it’s great because the coach (Mark Aston) is just letting me go out and play.

“He wants me to get my hands on the ball and do what I’m good at, so I’m looking forward to playing the rest of the season there.”

Uaisele, who is based in Castleford with his wife and three boys, said Manuokafoa had given him a ringing endorsement of life at Bradford.

“Nas is a good friend of mine and I played with him at Parramatta and for Tonga,” he explained.

“I’m really close to him and I’ve heard nothing but good things from him about the Bulls and Jimmy Lowes.

“I know a couple of the boys who have played at Bradford this year and everything they have said has been positive about the club.

“You can see the team is going well at the moment and, from my point of view, I’m playing in the Championship now so I know what to expect next year.

“It’s a pretty tough competition but I’m looking forward to playing in it for Bradford next season.”

Head coach Lowes said: “Etu is extremely talented and we are looking forward to having him on board for the next couple of years.

“We have done our research on him and were pleased with what we saw.

“It is great to have him on board as he is very dangerous with the ball, he is fast and has great feet.

“He certainly knows his way to the line and I look forward to seeing him finishing opportunities in a Bulls shirt next year.”

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12:45pm Thu 7 Aug 14

king karl says...

id say we are putting together a stronger squad than this years

Theres plenty of strike force and the players coming in look at least a match if not better than the ones here already
id say we are putting together a stronger squad than this years Theres plenty of strike force and the players coming in look at least a match if not better than the ones here already king karl
  • Score: 0

12:54pm Thu 7 Aug 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

We are building a Championship side whilst the top 4 championship sides are building SL teams; it would seem that JL is not being given the budget to attract the players that we need to get us in the top 4 next season and a chance of making the playoffs.

This guy can't even get a regular game at Rovers; even Broncos are signing better players than us, Ritchie Mathers has just signed for next season.
We are building a Championship side whilst the top 4 championship sides are building SL teams; it would seem that JL is not being given the budget to attract the players that we need to get us in the top 4 next season and a chance of making the playoffs. This guy can't even get a regular game at Rovers; even Broncos are signing better players than us, Ritchie Mathers has just signed for next season. fedupwiththeBS
  • Score: -12

1:08pm Thu 7 Aug 14

king karl says...

fedupwiththeBS wrote:
We are building a Championship side whilst the top 4 championship sides are building SL teams; it would seem that JL is not being given the budget to attract the players that we need to get us in the top 4 next season and a chance of making the playoffs.

This guy can't even get a regular game at Rovers; even Broncos are signing better players than us, Ritchie Mathers has just signed for next season.
Richie cant catch mathers or jake mullaney

C'mon now
[quote][p][bold]fedupwiththeBS[/bold] wrote: We are building a Championship side whilst the top 4 championship sides are building SL teams; it would seem that JL is not being given the budget to attract the players that we need to get us in the top 4 next season and a chance of making the playoffs. This guy can't even get a regular game at Rovers; even Broncos are signing better players than us, Ritchie Mathers has just signed for next season.[/p][/quote]Richie cant catch mathers or jake mullaney C'mon now king karl
  • Score: 5

2:38pm Thu 7 Aug 14

bradfordbronco says...

Richie Mathers is even softer than Kearney!!
Richie Mathers is even softer than Kearney!! bradfordbronco
  • Score: -5

2:41pm Thu 7 Aug 14

raisemeup says...

fedupwiththeBS wrote:
We are building a Championship side whilst the top 4 championship sides are building SL teams; it would seem that JL is not being given the budget to attract the players that we need to get us in the top 4 next season and a chance of making the playoffs.

This guy can't even get a regular game at Rovers; even Broncos are signing better players than us, Ritchie Mathers has just signed for next season.
Come on Fedup?
Just where does an inexperienced championship Player get the opportunity to play for Parramatta and Penrith, plus if you read the article it's a bit obvious that Featherstone wasn't the club for him.
Quote from the article:
“I’m starting to enjoy my footie again at Sheffield. I’m there until the end of the year and it’s great because the coach (Mark Aston) is just letting me go out and play.
Unquote:

Doesn't that say it all?
I trust Jimmy's judgement.
If they have looked over his credentials that's ok for me, so lighten up old chap, and remember we only need good enough players to win the championship, and with our money secured at £780k next year, we stand a better chance than London who have been used to £1.2 million plus the £50k from our share. They will be down 1/2 million quid next year?
Whereas we are on 130k more than this year, from central funding.
[quote][p][bold]fedupwiththeBS[/bold] wrote: We are building a Championship side whilst the top 4 championship sides are building SL teams; it would seem that JL is not being given the budget to attract the players that we need to get us in the top 4 next season and a chance of making the playoffs. This guy can't even get a regular game at Rovers; even Broncos are signing better players than us, Ritchie Mathers has just signed for next season.[/p][/quote]Come on Fedup? Just where does an inexperienced championship Player get the opportunity to play for Parramatta and Penrith, plus if you read the article it's a bit obvious that Featherstone wasn't the club for him. Quote from the article: “I’m starting to enjoy my footie again at Sheffield. I’m there until the end of the year and it’s great because the coach (Mark Aston) is just letting me go out and play. Unquote: Doesn't that say it all? I trust Jimmy's judgement. If they have looked over his credentials that's ok for me, so lighten up old chap, and remember we only need good enough players to win the championship, and with our money secured at £780k next year, we stand a better chance than London who have been used to £1.2 million plus the £50k from our share. They will be down 1/2 million quid next year? Whereas we are on 130k more than this year, from central funding. raisemeup
  • Score: 8

2:58pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Solomon Grundy says...

Wouldn't want Richie mathers.
Wouldn't want Richie mathers. Solomon Grundy
  • Score: 7

3:28pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Broady711 says...

raisemeup wrote:
fedupwiththeBS wrote:
We are building a Championship side whilst the top 4 championship sides are building SL teams; it would seem that JL is not being given the budget to attract the players that we need to get us in the top 4 next season and a chance of making the playoffs.

This guy can't even get a regular game at Rovers; even Broncos are signing better players than us, Ritchie Mathers has just signed for next season.
Come on Fedup?
Just where does an inexperienced championship Player get the opportunity to play for Parramatta and Penrith, plus if you read the article it's a bit obvious that Featherstone wasn't the club for him.
Quote from the article:
“I’m starting to enjoy my footie again at Sheffield. I’m there until the end of the year and it’s great because the coach (Mark Aston) is just letting me go out and play.
Unquote:

Doesn't that say it all?
I trust Jimmy's judgement.
If they have looked over his credentials that's ok for me, so lighten up old chap, and remember we only need good enough players to win the championship, and with our money secured at £780k next year, we stand a better chance than London who have been used to £1.2 million plus the £50k from our share. They will be down 1/2 million quid next year?
Whereas we are on 130k more than this year, from central funding.
Fev Rovers couldn't afford his wages, their money man walked away, he's only gone to Sheffield, until the end of the season to save Fev money.
[quote][p][bold]raisemeup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fedupwiththeBS[/bold] wrote: We are building a Championship side whilst the top 4 championship sides are building SL teams; it would seem that JL is not being given the budget to attract the players that we need to get us in the top 4 next season and a chance of making the playoffs. This guy can't even get a regular game at Rovers; even Broncos are signing better players than us, Ritchie Mathers has just signed for next season.[/p][/quote]Come on Fedup? Just where does an inexperienced championship Player get the opportunity to play for Parramatta and Penrith, plus if you read the article it's a bit obvious that Featherstone wasn't the club for him. Quote from the article: “I’m starting to enjoy my footie again at Sheffield. I’m there until the end of the year and it’s great because the coach (Mark Aston) is just letting me go out and play. Unquote: Doesn't that say it all? I trust Jimmy's judgement. If they have looked over his credentials that's ok for me, so lighten up old chap, and remember we only need good enough players to win the championship, and with our money secured at £780k next year, we stand a better chance than London who have been used to £1.2 million plus the £50k from our share. They will be down 1/2 million quid next year? Whereas we are on 130k more than this year, from central funding.[/p][/quote]Fev Rovers couldn't afford his wages, their money man walked away, he's only gone to Sheffield, until the end of the season to save Fev money. Broady711
  • Score: 8

4:26pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Bowlingboy says...

I agree with the comment above it seems like Jimmy is putting together a team with a sting in it's tail.
A young side which will be a basis for a few years to come.

I don't know what some people expect no top quality SL or NRL player would sign for a championship team, we need hard grafters,
When and if we are promoted we can look for bigger names.

Just look at Brian Smith's side in 1996, that is what we need to emulate.

I personally am looking forward to next year it will be a lot better than this year!
I agree with the comment above it seems like Jimmy is putting together a team with a sting in it's tail. A young side which will be a basis for a few years to come. I don't know what some people expect no top quality SL or NRL player would sign for a championship team, we need hard grafters, When and if we are promoted we can look for bigger names. Just look at Brian Smith's side in 1996, that is what we need to emulate. I personally am looking forward to next year it will be a lot better than this year! Bowlingboy
  • Score: 11

11:03pm Thu 7 Aug 14

oddshapedballs says...

No raisemeup we dont just need a team to win the championship. Have a look at the structure once the regular season is done
No raisemeup we dont just need a team to win the championship. Have a look at the structure once the regular season is done oddshapedballs
  • Score: -1

12:06pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Bone_idle18 says...

oddshapedballs wrote:
No raisemeup we dont just need a team to win the championship. Have a look at the structure once the regular season is done
Steve Ferres has stated they are building a Super League quality team within the constraints of the salary Cap.
[quote][p][bold]oddshapedballs[/bold] wrote: No raisemeup we dont just need a team to win the championship. Have a look at the structure once the regular season is done[/p][/quote]Steve Ferres has stated they are building a Super League quality team within the constraints of the salary Cap. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 0

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