Bradford Bulls boss Steve Ferres outlines plans for 2015 campaign

Steve Ferres says the Bulls will have a squad of 30 players next season

Steve Ferres says the Bulls will have a squad of 30 players next season

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STEVE Ferres believes the Bulls will have an ultra-competitive squad next season as they bid to make an immediate return to Super League.

Lee Gaskell, Dale Ferguson, Adam Sidlow and Tom Olbison have agreed deals to stay at Odsal while Dan Fleming, Jake Mullaney, Dave Petersen and Etu Uaisele will come on board as new recruits.

Managing director Ferres says the Bulls are aiming to give Jimmy Lowes a 30-strong squad for 2015 – and one that is effectively Super League standard.

Ferres said: “What we’re going to be able to do is put together a squad that has got competition throughout.

“There will be at least five props, at least five back-rowers, four strike centres who can also play on the wing in addition to wingers, half-backs and a full back who can rotate and cover at hooker.

“We’re going to have a squad with the ability to go through a season, injuries permitting, without additions.

“I think it’s fair to say we’re trying to put together a Super League squad that will play in the Championship.

“Jimmy will have his squad in place by October, which will give him the best opportunity to get the players as fit as they need to be – hopefully fitter than anyone else in the league.

“We’re conscious that we’ve got to go through a long season whereby we need to finish in the top four of the Championship and then push to get into Super League.

“Everything is mapped out and we’ve got a plan which we are working towards.”

Lowes' sizeable squad will be full-time as the Bulls begin their first campaign outside of the top flight for over 40 years.

Ferres added: “There will be 30 players in the squad – 24 frontline players and six junior players who are already on the club’s books or new signings.”

Ferres believes an air of positivity is building following two straight wins and last week’s ‘An Evening with the Bulls’ event at Cedar Court, which saw around a thousand supporters turn out.

“There were more people there than 80 per cent of the teams we’ll play next season command in crowds,” said Ferres.

“We’ve got to repay these fans by putting together the best possible team within the constraints of what we’ve got.

“I’ll keep reiterating, we’ve all got to work together to get to where we need to be. But there is certainly a feel-good factor building now.”

London Broncos continued their recruitment for next season yesterday by signing Wakefield full back Richard Mathers, 30, on a two-year deal.

"He will be one of the highest profile players in the Championship next season,” said Broncos coach Joey Grima.

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8:40am Fri 8 Aug 14

Bone_idle18 says...

I feel quite positive about next season. Things feel like they're stabilising financially, and from talking to people, there's more confidence in the club because of this. Last year I knew people who didn't commit to a season ticket for the first time in ages, just because they had no confidence in the way the club was being run. The same people are itching to sign up for a ticket for next season.

I think Marc Green is building a great team off the field, and Lowes and Ferres are building a strong team on it. We'll not get any superstars, but what we'll get is a team that are as good as the one we have now, and one that are more than capable of gaining promotion. Once that goal is achieved, I think we'll rise steadily back to the top , the cream always does :)
I feel quite positive about next season. Things feel like they're stabilising financially, and from talking to people, there's more confidence in the club because of this. Last year I knew people who didn't commit to a season ticket for the first time in ages, just because they had no confidence in the way the club was being run. The same people are itching to sign up for a ticket for next season. I think Marc Green is building a great team off the field, and Lowes and Ferres are building a strong team on it. We'll not get any superstars, but what we'll get is a team that are as good as the one we have now, and one that are more than capable of gaining promotion. Once that goal is achieved, I think we'll rise steadily back to the top , the cream always does :) Bone_idle18
  • Score: 23

8:43am Fri 8 Aug 14

Bone_idle18 says...

No doubt fans of the 3rd or 4th best rugby League team since the inception of super league will be along soon to say how great the winos are and how bad we are.

Come back when you've won the treble like Bulls and Saints and maybe you'll have some credibility! Until then, I'll never regard you as great!
No doubt fans of the 3rd or 4th best rugby League team since the inception of super league will be along soon to say how great the winos are and how bad we are. Come back when you've won the treble like Bulls and Saints and maybe you'll have some credibility! Until then, I'll never regard you as great! Bone_idle18
  • Score: 16

9:08am Fri 8 Aug 14

Mumby was the best says...

Its very reminiscent of 95/96 when Brian Smith arrived and re-built the team in a matter of no time and got it right, so right that for nearly a decade we were a top club. Heres hoping that can be repeated only time will tell.
Its very reminiscent of 95/96 when Brian Smith arrived and re-built the team in a matter of no time and got it right, so right that for nearly a decade we were a top club. Heres hoping that can be repeated only time will tell. Mumby was the best
  • Score: 23

9:29am Fri 8 Aug 14

nemobull74 says...

Things are looking good for next season let's hope we have a good scrum half in mind.
Things are looking good for next season let's hope we have a good scrum half in mind. nemobull74
  • Score: 19

10:03am Fri 8 Aug 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Mumby was the best wrote:
Its very reminiscent of 95/96 when Brian Smith arrived and re-built the team in a matter of no time and got it right, so right that for nearly a decade we were a top club. Heres hoping that can be repeated only time will tell.
I hope you're right. The start of Super League was a new era for the game, a major change for a lot of teams. A similar radical change is this new league structure, so hopefully it will also signify the beginning of a new era for the Bulls.

I don't think promotion will be won by a team with a couple of high profile players, I think promotion will be won by the club who has the best team ethic and the best work ethic. Look at Rangi Chase - top player, but Cas are better without him, and Salford haven't really improved that much since he went there. Cas are a far better team with supposedly more average players, but they're a team who really work together.
[quote][p][bold]Mumby was the best[/bold] wrote: Its very reminiscent of 95/96 when Brian Smith arrived and re-built the team in a matter of no time and got it right, so right that for nearly a decade we were a top club. Heres hoping that can be repeated only time will tell.[/p][/quote]I hope you're right. The start of Super League was a new era for the game, a major change for a lot of teams. A similar radical change is this new league structure, so hopefully it will also signify the beginning of a new era for the Bulls. I don't think promotion will be won by a team with a couple of high profile players, I think promotion will be won by the club who has the best team ethic and the best work ethic. Look at Rangi Chase - top player, but Cas are better without him, and Salford haven't really improved that much since he went there. Cas are a far better team with supposedly more average players, but they're a team who really work together. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 33

12:22pm Fri 8 Aug 14

OdsalOptimist says...

Have to say I am now really looking forward to next season with all the right signals coming out of Odsal.

I also have to admit I am looking forward to the new structure. I think it is actually going to improve the game.

I believe Richie Mathers's move to London will start a bit of a trend for some bigger names heading for the championship. Greater Sky coverage and higher salary cap mean that some of these fringe players can play week in week out without taking a major paycut and still have a chance of playing super league rugby in the 2nd half of the season.

Hopefully we can get some news on season tickets soon. Would be great to offer a payment plan option to try and entice more fans and not appear as expensive!
Have to say I am now really looking forward to next season with all the right signals coming out of Odsal. I also have to admit I am looking forward to the new structure. I think it is actually going to improve the game. I believe Richie Mathers's move to London will start a bit of a trend for some bigger names heading for the championship. Greater Sky coverage and higher salary cap mean that some of these fringe players can play week in week out without taking a major paycut and still have a chance of playing super league rugby in the 2nd half of the season. Hopefully we can get some news on season tickets soon. Would be great to offer a payment plan option to try and entice more fans and not appear as expensive! OdsalOptimist
  • Score: 9

3:36pm Fri 8 Aug 14

bartsbull says...

We have a great young scrum half in the under 19 squad he should be given the chance to step up he is very quick of the mark

I do though hope that the next signing is Obrien then addy and henry
maybe dono but the rumour is he as signed for Wigan

Purts i hope will stay plus a couple of others pitty Fakiar could not be persuded to stay but the squad is looking good onwards and COYB
We have a great young scrum half in the under 19 squad he should be given the chance to step up he is very quick of the mark I do though hope that the next signing is Obrien then addy and henry maybe dono but the rumour is he as signed for Wigan Purts i hope will stay plus a couple of others pitty Fakiar could not be persuded to stay but the squad is looking good onwards and COYB bartsbull
  • Score: 6

3:37pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Bone_idle18 says...

OdsalOptimist wrote:
Have to say I am now really looking forward to next season with all the right signals coming out of Odsal.

I also have to admit I am looking forward to the new structure. I think it is actually going to improve the game.

I believe Richie Mathers's move to London will start a bit of a trend for some bigger names heading for the championship. Greater Sky coverage and higher salary cap mean that some of these fringe players can play week in week out without taking a major paycut and still have a chance of playing super league rugby in the 2nd half of the season.

Hopefully we can get some news on season tickets soon. Would be great to offer a payment plan option to try and entice more fans and not appear as expensive!
I suspect a few of the ageing SL players might also be persuaded to spend an extra year laying in the championship.

Peacock for Bulls next season anyone :)
[quote][p][bold]OdsalOptimist[/bold] wrote: Have to say I am now really looking forward to next season with all the right signals coming out of Odsal. I also have to admit I am looking forward to the new structure. I think it is actually going to improve the game. I believe Richie Mathers's move to London will start a bit of a trend for some bigger names heading for the championship. Greater Sky coverage and higher salary cap mean that some of these fringe players can play week in week out without taking a major paycut and still have a chance of playing super league rugby in the 2nd half of the season. Hopefully we can get some news on season tickets soon. Would be great to offer a payment plan option to try and entice more fans and not appear as expensive![/p][/quote]I suspect a few of the ageing SL players might also be persuaded to spend an extra year laying in the championship. Peacock for Bulls next season anyone :) Bone_idle18
  • Score: 1

4:31pm Fri 8 Aug 14

raisemeup says...

The way they are doing it is commendable, and the player we are signing along with the ones we have already re signed are approaching a good SL outfit in the making ie we already have 8 players committed.

We hope that a number of the players we would like to stop with us, can persuade themselves we are the real deal for 2015/16/ (and 17 when the new SKY deal kicks ) in SL, and we can re write our history into Rugby League fame, once more.

It's good to know the Bulls are still one of the most famous branding's in Rugby League.
COYB
The way they are doing it is commendable, and the player we are signing along with the ones we have already re signed are approaching a good SL outfit in the making ie we already have 8 players committed. We hope that a number of the players we would like to stop with us, can persuade themselves we are the real deal for 2015/16/ (and 17 when the new SKY deal kicks ) in SL, and we can re write our history into Rugby League fame, once more. It's good to know the Bulls are still one of the most famous branding's in Rugby League. COYB raisemeup
  • Score: 7

6:08pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Bone_idle18 says...

I suspect Jimmy already knows most of the players who are stopping, probably just during the I's and crossing the t's.
He'll definitely know the ones he doesn't want.
I suspect Jimmy already knows most of the players who are stopping, probably just during the I's and crossing the t's. He'll definitely know the ones he doesn't want. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 5

9:22pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Bowlingboy says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
I suspect Jimmy already knows most of the players who are stopping, probably just during the I's and crossing the t's.
He'll definitely know the ones he doesn't want.
That's foster gone then...ha
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: I suspect Jimmy already knows most of the players who are stopping, probably just during the I's and crossing the t's. He'll definitely know the ones he doesn't want.[/p][/quote]That's foster gone then...ha Bowlingboy
  • Score: 1

7:37pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Kellington Bull says...

I like the idea of five prop forwards.
I like the idea of five prop forwards. Kellington Bull
  • Score: 0

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