Bradford Bulls star James Donaldson agrees two-year deal with Hull KR

JAMES Donaldson will join Hull KR on a two-year deal next season

JAMES Donaldson will join Hull KR on a two-year deal next season

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JAMES Donaldson will end his six-year spell at Bradford at the end of the season after agreeing a two-year deal with Hull KR.

The Cumbrian back-rower, who was keen to stay in Super League, will link up with the Robins from November and becomes the club’s fourth new signing for 2015.

Donaldson, 22, progressed through the ranks at Odsal after being signed as a 16-year-old by Steve McNamara.

He made his debut against Castleford in 2009 and has fought back from two serious knee injuries to establish himself as a regular in the Bulls' side.

A product of the Wath Brow Hornets club, Donaldson joins Wigan centre Darrell Goulding and NRL duo Ken Sio and Josh Mantellato in linking up with Chris Chester's side for next season.

Donaldson said: “I feel like I’ve progressed a lot over the last few years but I know I’ve got a lot more to give. I feel the best place to do that is at Hull Kingston Rovers.

“I’ve been at Bradford for seven years now and I needed a new challenge. I’m ready to be taken out of my comfort zone and hopefully something fresh will spark me up. I’ll be working with new players, new coaches and new ideas, it’s a totally clean start for me to come here and I can’t wait for it.

“I’ve met with Chezzy and I’ve liked what he said. The strongest part of my game is my defence and Chezzy wants me to come here and help tighten the middle up a bit.

“At the same time, he wants me to play with the ball which I haven’t always had the opportunity to do over the past couple of years at Bradford. I’ll work hard in this off season on that and hopefully I’ll make some strides for next year.”

Donaldson could effectively replace his old team-mate Jamie Langley after the former Bulls stalwart was told by Chester he would not be offered a new deal.

Rovers coach Chester said: “James is exactly the sort of player that we want to bring to the club in that he is young, hungry and works very hard at his game.

“I would liken him to Scott Murrell in that he does all the little things that sometimes go unnoticed by supporters but that are always appreciated by coaches and teammates.

“He’s got a good engine on him, he plays big minutes and he doesn’t miss many tackles, so he’ll be a great fit for us.”

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7:03am Thu 14 Aug 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

A big fan of Donno and he will be a big loss to the side. There are bound to be the usual trolls on here slagging him off for not staying with the Club but I for one wish him all the best at Hull.
A big fan of Donno and he will be a big loss to the side. There are bound to be the usual trolls on here slagging him off for not staying with the Club but I for one wish him all the best at Hull. fedupwiththeBS
  • Score: 6

7:09am Thu 14 Aug 14

edmo57 says...

after all the club has done for him ,what a disgrace!! good riddance he sums up what has been the problem at the bulls for the last few years, a good player without doubt,but not a shred of loyalty . to hear him talk about needing a new challenge and obviously motivation its a shame he hasnt been motivated by the club who brought him through and supported him throughout his injuries. a shocking attitude , even one season to help us back would have shown some appreciation
after all the club has done for him ,what a disgrace!! good riddance he sums up what has been the problem at the bulls for the last few years, a good player without doubt,but not a shred of loyalty . to hear him talk about needing a new challenge and obviously motivation its a shame he hasnt been motivated by the club who brought him through and supported him throughout his injuries. a shocking attitude , even one season to help us back would have shown some appreciation edmo57
  • Score: 1

7:34am Thu 14 Aug 14

bradfordbronco says...

edmo57 wrote:
after all the club has done for him ,what a disgrace!! good riddance he sums up what has been the problem at the bulls for the last few years, a good player without doubt,but not a shred of loyalty . to hear him talk about needing a new challenge and obviously motivation its a shame he hasnt been motivated by the club who brought him through and supported him throughout his injuries. a shocking attitude , even one season to help us back would have shown some appreciation
don't talk rubbish. We've never really fully appreciated his loyalty. He always seemed to be one that only just got offered contracts at the last minute and short ones at that.
Most fans would have had him in their starting line up. Always gives 100% effort and I genuinely hope he does well elsewhere, he deserves it.
We can't keep everyone, but was hoping he would be one to stay.
[quote][p][bold]edmo57[/bold] wrote: after all the club has done for him ,what a disgrace!! good riddance he sums up what has been the problem at the bulls for the last few years, a good player without doubt,but not a shred of loyalty . to hear him talk about needing a new challenge and obviously motivation its a shame he hasnt been motivated by the club who brought him through and supported him throughout his injuries. a shocking attitude , even one season to help us back would have shown some appreciation[/p][/quote]don't talk rubbish. We've never really fully appreciated his loyalty. He always seemed to be one that only just got offered contracts at the last minute and short ones at that. Most fans would have had him in their starting line up. Always gives 100% effort and I genuinely hope he does well elsewhere, he deserves it. We can't keep everyone, but was hoping he would be one to stay. bradfordbronco
  • Score: 21

7:36am Thu 14 Aug 14

mines a pint says...

edmo57 wrote:
after all the club has done for him ,what a disgrace!! good riddance he sums up what has been the problem at the bulls for the last few years, a good player without doubt,but not a shred of loyalty . to hear him talk about needing a new challenge and obviously motivation its a shame he hasnt been motivated by the club who brought him through and supported him throughout his injuries. a shocking attitude , even one season to help us back would have shown some appreciation
Whilst I understand he has to put his career first I do share some of your thoughts

I can't help remembering the time he was on long term injury & his contract was due to expire

He was never out of the papers saying what a great club Bradford was & all he was focussed on was getting a new contract with the Bulls so he could hopefully recover the form he showed in his first seasons in the senior ranks

Well despite playing only 2 games in 2012 he did get a new contract & it took him until this season to really start to show glimpses of his previous form

The club stood by him when he was injured, a second cruciate ligament injury in just over 2 seasons! (incidentally there was no real interest from any other super league club in signing him at that time)

As you say shame he could not have shown the same faith in & loyalty to the club that did so much for him if only for one season
[quote][p][bold]edmo57[/bold] wrote: after all the club has done for him ,what a disgrace!! good riddance he sums up what has been the problem at the bulls for the last few years, a good player without doubt,but not a shred of loyalty . to hear him talk about needing a new challenge and obviously motivation its a shame he hasnt been motivated by the club who brought him through and supported him throughout his injuries. a shocking attitude , even one season to help us back would have shown some appreciation[/p][/quote]Whilst I understand he has to put his career first I do share some of your thoughts I can't help remembering the time he was on long term injury & his contract was due to expire He was never out of the papers saying what a great club Bradford was & all he was focussed on was getting a new contract with the Bulls so he could hopefully recover the form he showed in his first seasons in the senior ranks Well despite playing only 2 games in 2012 he did get a new contract & it took him until this season to really start to show glimpses of his previous form The club stood by him when he was injured, a second cruciate ligament injury in just over 2 seasons! (incidentally there was no real interest from any other super league club in signing him at that time) As you say shame he could not have shown the same faith in & loyalty to the club that did so much for him if only for one season mines a pint
  • Score: 14

7:38am Thu 14 Aug 14

bullybullman says...

Edmo 57 - Totally agree lets hope "Chezzy" has the same patience as we have had with you. Would be far better off staying at Bradford, another young player being poorly advised by his agent.

The club has helped him & stuck by him shame he couldn’t repay that loyalty.
Edmo 57 - Totally agree lets hope "Chezzy" has the same patience as we have had with you. Would be far better off staying at Bradford, another young player being poorly advised by his agent. The club has helped him & stuck by him shame he couldn’t repay that loyalty. bullybullman
  • Score: 10

7:39am Thu 14 Aug 14

Ray Mac says...

He had no option but to leave, no contract offered to stay, I am sure he is a loyal young lad and has now got a chance to continue with his career.
He had no option but to leave, no contract offered to stay, I am sure he is a loyal young lad and has now got a chance to continue with his career. Ray Mac
  • Score: 8

7:42am Thu 14 Aug 14

Shipley Paul says...

I'm not a troll and wish Donno well but totally agree with Edmo. The club has been outstandingly supportive of him over the last few years and it's a shame he's not acknowledged that for just one season. Interestingly the Wigan rumours came to nothing and with all due respect to Hull KR, it may not be the greatest place to be next year. Hope it doesn't backfire James!
I'm not a troll and wish Donno well but totally agree with Edmo. The club has been outstandingly supportive of him over the last few years and it's a shame he's not acknowledged that for just one season. Interestingly the Wigan rumours came to nothing and with all due respect to Hull KR, it may not be the greatest place to be next year. Hope it doesn't backfire James! Shipley Paul
  • Score: 4

7:43am Thu 14 Aug 14

Scrouge says...

edmo57 wrote:
after all the club has done for him ,what a disgrace!! good riddance he sums up what has been the problem at the bulls for the last few years, a good player without doubt,but not a shred of loyalty . to hear him talk about needing a new challenge and obviously motivation its a shame he hasnt been motivated by the club who brought him through and supported him throughout his injuries. a shocking attitude , even one season to help us back would have shown some appreciation
Cummins did nor rate him, the reason he was given a Pay as you Play 1 year contract. He was like all players who came through the club. paid PEANUTS. Big money only paid to overseas players who also spend a fair bit of time injured!! Loyalty!!!! get real. Short Career LAD ,get what you can.
I hope mummy Paul will approve.
[quote][p][bold]edmo57[/bold] wrote: after all the club has done for him ,what a disgrace!! good riddance he sums up what has been the problem at the bulls for the last few years, a good player without doubt,but not a shred of loyalty . to hear him talk about needing a new challenge and obviously motivation its a shame he hasnt been motivated by the club who brought him through and supported him throughout his injuries. a shocking attitude , even one season to help us back would have shown some appreciation[/p][/quote]Cummins did nor rate him, the reason he was given a Pay as you Play 1 year contract. He was like all players who came through the club. paid PEANUTS. Big money only paid to overseas players who also spend a fair bit of time injured!! Loyalty!!!! get real. Short Career LAD ,get what you can. I hope mummy Paul will approve. Scrouge
  • Score: 4

7:57am Thu 14 Aug 14

flashdonut says...

That's a blow. Fantastic work ethic.
That's a blow. Fantastic work ethic. flashdonut
  • Score: 11

8:28am Thu 14 Aug 14

caledonia15 says...

Good luck to him, hes had more than his fair share of injuries over the years at Odsal, i wish him well, though i think he could have chosen a better club to play with for the next 2 years, Sadly we are going to see more players leaving in the next month or so, i for one would like to see Addy signed up, though there are rumors about him moving on. It would appear the Jimmy is getting a decent squad together for next season, its going to be an interesting few weeks up at Odsal with comings and goings.
Pleased to see that Henry is on board for next year, think he has alot of potential, the team is building nicely.
Good luck to him, hes had more than his fair share of injuries over the years at Odsal, i wish him well, though i think he could have chosen a better club to play with for the next 2 years, Sadly we are going to see more players leaving in the next month or so, i for one would like to see Addy signed up, though there are rumors about him moving on. It would appear the Jimmy is getting a decent squad together for next season, its going to be an interesting few weeks up at Odsal with comings and goings. Pleased to see that Henry is on board for next year, think he has alot of potential, the team is building nicely. caledonia15
  • Score: 13

8:47am Thu 14 Aug 14

rogerthat! says...

bullybullman wrote:
Edmo 57 - Totally agree lets hope "Chezzy" has the same patience as we have had with you. Would be far better off staying at Bradford, another young player being poorly advised by his agent.

The club has helped him & stuck by him shame he couldn’t repay that loyalty.
Club best ride of him ,always injured. club stuck by him for too long. Never rated him. At least the Club will not have to answer to his mummy always phoning the Coach asking why James not in the team.
Have we heard the last from Reading Bullette on this forum????
Shame he will return to Odsal to get the Boo treatment if ever.
[quote][p][bold]bullybullman[/bold] wrote: Edmo 57 - Totally agree lets hope "Chezzy" has the same patience as we have had with you. Would be far better off staying at Bradford, another young player being poorly advised by his agent. The club has helped him & stuck by him shame he couldn’t repay that loyalty.[/p][/quote]Club best ride of him ,always injured. club stuck by him for too long. Never rated him. At least the Club will not have to answer to his mummy always phoning the Coach asking why James not in the team. Have we heard the last from Reading Bullette on this forum???? Shame he will return to Odsal to get the Boo treatment if ever. rogerthat!
  • Score: -6

9:01am Thu 14 Aug 14

nosher says...

He works his socks off in defence. Can't ever remember him making a break in attack. Not big enough imo. I wish him well but not a big loss and I can't see him getting any better.
He works his socks off in defence. Can't ever remember him making a break in attack. Not big enough imo. I wish him well but not a big loss and I can't see him getting any better. nosher
  • Score: 6

9:29am Thu 14 Aug 14

Farsley Bantam says...

edmo57 wrote:
after all the club has done for him ,what a disgrace!! good riddance he sums up what has been the problem at the bulls for the last few years, a good player without doubt,but not a shred of loyalty . to hear him talk about needing a new challenge and obviously motivation its a shame he hasnt been motivated by the club who brought him through and supported him throughout his injuries. a shocking attitude , even one season to help us back would have shown some appreciation
Unbelievable! Too right the club supported him through injuries. He was injured at work doing his job! How would you feel if your company sacked you after you hurt yourself at work?
And you talk about loyalty. It's a short career and any opportunities you have to take with both hands. Who can blame him for joining a SL club rather than chancing it for a year hoping that the Bulls will be back there?
And you are basing this apparent betrayal on a newspaper article that is pretty short on facts. You've no idea if he was even offered a contract, what the terms were or what he will be getting at Hull.
Some people!
[quote][p][bold]edmo57[/bold] wrote: after all the club has done for him ,what a disgrace!! good riddance he sums up what has been the problem at the bulls for the last few years, a good player without doubt,but not a shred of loyalty . to hear him talk about needing a new challenge and obviously motivation its a shame he hasnt been motivated by the club who brought him through and supported him throughout his injuries. a shocking attitude , even one season to help us back would have shown some appreciation[/p][/quote]Unbelievable! Too right the club supported him through injuries. He was injured at work doing his job! How would you feel if your company sacked you after you hurt yourself at work? And you talk about loyalty. It's a short career and any opportunities you have to take with both hands. Who can blame him for joining a SL club rather than chancing it for a year hoping that the Bulls will be back there? And you are basing this apparent betrayal on a newspaper article that is pretty short on facts. You've no idea if he was even offered a contract, what the terms were or what he will be getting at Hull. Some people! Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 19

9:32am Thu 14 Aug 14

nosher says...

Just wondering what has happened to spangles and axelf. Maybe they have eloped to Spain together xx.
Just wondering what has happened to spangles and axelf. Maybe they have eloped to Spain together xx. nosher
  • Score: 4

9:45am Thu 14 Aug 14

bully4us says...

I would have liked to have seen him stay but if he wants to go then fair enough. I much prefer Addy to stay as said above, Donno doesn't actually make many busts for a loose forward as he is way too small. Just a pity one of our youngsters is going though but he wasn't a "must" keep for me. Good luck Donno and thanks for the effort you put in - but he will be replaced quite easily.
I would have liked to have seen him stay but if he wants to go then fair enough. I much prefer Addy to stay as said above, Donno doesn't actually make many busts for a loose forward as he is way too small. Just a pity one of our youngsters is going though but he wasn't a "must" keep for me. Good luck Donno and thanks for the effort you put in - but he will be replaced quite easily. bully4us
  • Score: 3

10:45am Thu 14 Aug 14

Sad bull says...

Strong chance he will be playing at Odsal next year as Hull KR have to be one of the favourites to drop down from Super League one.
Strong chance he will be playing at Odsal next year as Hull KR have to be one of the favourites to drop down from Super League one. Sad bull
  • Score: 11

1:28pm Thu 14 Aug 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Nosher,
I am back.Whilst in England I could not log on.For some reason my account was taken off and I did not have my password with me.Missed you in Cue Gardens,two good wins though,as for Axel,who knows,might have emigrated.Is he not at work?Agree with you re Donaldson,not good or big enough to play in the forwards in S.L.No great loss really.
Nosher, I am back.Whilst in England I could not log on.For some reason my account was taken off and I did not have my password with me.Missed you in Cue Gardens,two good wins though,as for Axel,who knows,might have emigrated.Is he not at work?Agree with you re Donaldson,not good or big enough to play in the forwards in S.L.No great loss really. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 0

2:20pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Out of site says...

Can't blame the lad,no point in staying and playing in an amateur league.
Can't blame the lad,no point in staying and playing in an amateur league. Out of site
  • Score: -1

5:08pm Thu 14 Aug 14

axelf1963 says...

Don't worry your pretty little self nosher lad, I am still about but in Viking land being absent the same amount of time as Spangles makes us the same person. I see the pay peanuts you get monkeys philosophy is what bulls new signings are.
Don't worry your pretty little self nosher lad, I am still about but in Viking land being absent the same amount of time as Spangles makes us the same person. I see the pay peanuts you get monkeys philosophy is what bulls new signings are. axelf1963
  • Score: -4

6:28pm Thu 14 Aug 14

billybobbull says...

I wonder if he was offered a contract at the Championship Bulls, if not he was free to go to stay in the SL.
As for injuries, I believe they were sustained whilst working for his employer, ie The Bulls, so of course they shoukd have stood by him.
It s a shame, but this us a professional game, nit a charity. The lads got to do what is best for his career...it s his job!
Plus we might get Langley back. Added bonus?
I wonder if he was offered a contract at the Championship Bulls, if not he was free to go to stay in the SL. As for injuries, I believe they were sustained whilst working for his employer, ie The Bulls, so of course they shoukd have stood by him. It s a shame, but this us a professional game, nit a charity. The lads got to do what is best for his career...it s his job! Plus we might get Langley back. Added bonus? billybobbull
  • Score: 1

9:33pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Paul from Idle says...

Obviously jimmy didn't want him and to be honest with an attitude shown in the article I'm not surprised
Obviously jimmy didn't want him and to be honest with an attitude shown in the article I'm not surprised Paul from Idle
  • Score: 3

10:34pm Thu 14 Aug 14

bradfordbronco says...

Paul from Idle wrote:
Obviously jimmy didn't want him and to be honest with an attitude shown in the article I'm not surprised
Don't forget this article was probably taken straight from the Hull Daily Mail and bound to have a pro Rovers bias.
[quote][p][bold]Paul from Idle[/bold] wrote: Obviously jimmy didn't want him and to be honest with an attitude shown in the article I'm not surprised[/p][/quote]Don't forget this article was probably taken straight from the Hull Daily Mail and bound to have a pro Rovers bias. bradfordbronco
  • Score: 0

11:21pm Thu 14 Aug 14

oddshapedballs says...

Why is it that people who feel the guy has turned his back on the club after all they have done for him are suddenly trolls?
Short contracts were offered because he kept breaking down. Why would you offer more??
Why is it that people who feel the guy has turned his back on the club after all they have done for him are suddenly trolls? Short contracts were offered because he kept breaking down. Why would you offer more?? oddshapedballs
  • Score: 1

12:07am Fri 15 Aug 14

mr matthew says...

Glad Donaldson has gone he is too small for a superleague forward yes he tackles but he never breaks the line Jimmy Lowes knows what he is doing Dave Petersen will prove to be 10 times a better option and I reckon Donaldson if he s not injured will return to Odsal next season in a losing side with KR in the mini league playoffs.
Glad Donaldson has gone he is too small for a superleague forward yes he tackles but he never breaks the line Jimmy Lowes knows what he is doing Dave Petersen will prove to be 10 times a better option and I reckon Donaldson if he s not injured will return to Odsal next season in a losing side with KR in the mini league playoffs. mr matthew
  • Score: 0

7:32am Fri 15 Aug 14

bradfordbronco says...

There's no point in arguing about it. The fact is that if the Bulls wanted him they would have offered a new deal. They didn't, so he got a deal elsewhere. I think he's a good player without being brilliant. There is always room for this type of defensive player in a squad. The article was written by the Hull Daily mail for a Hull audience that's why some of his comments seem odd if he was speaking to a bradford audience. The T & A should point out the sources of the story to give a sense of balance.

It looks like Lowes is doing a "Brian Smith" he's replacing all the small guys with big guys. Why not It worked well for us in the in the past.

Hope we can keep Addy and Blyth. Then sign a scrum half that can control things in the middle. I'm looking forward to next season already
There's no point in arguing about it. The fact is that if the Bulls wanted him they would have offered a new deal. They didn't, so he got a deal elsewhere. I think he's a good player without being brilliant. There is always room for this type of defensive player in a squad. The article was written by the Hull Daily mail for a Hull audience that's why some of his comments seem odd if he was speaking to a bradford audience. The T & A should point out the sources of the story to give a sense of balance. It looks like Lowes is doing a "Brian Smith" he's replacing all the small guys with big guys. Why not It worked well for us in the in the past. Hope we can keep Addy and Blyth. Then sign a scrum half that can control things in the middle. I'm looking forward to next season already bradfordbronco
  • Score: 2

12:07pm Fri 15 Aug 14

theviking62 says...

Spanglish, did you get to see our Colin, when you were over? Axel, enjoying your hols then? Me, just got back from North Devon, not sure where to go next.

As to article, sorry to see him go but I can see JL's logic, bring in forwards that can " run over " other packs, in order for threes to do their job. Still hoping they can bring in a scrum half. Though, rumour has it Gale has done a " U turn " and is staying.
Spanglish, did you get to see our Colin, when you were over? Axel, enjoying your hols then? Me, just got back from North Devon, not sure where to go next. As to article, sorry to see him go but I can see JL's logic, bring in forwards that can " run over " other packs, in order for threes to do their job. Still hoping they can bring in a scrum half. Though, rumour has it Gale has done a " U turn " and is staying. theviking62
  • Score: 0

12:49pm Fri 15 Aug 14

axelf1963 says...

Your Colin ok Viking
Your Colin ok Viking axelf1963
  • Score: -2

3:12pm Fri 15 Aug 14

theviking62 says...

Axel, where did you see him? Pub or club or at work.
Axel, where did you see him? Pub or club or at work. theviking62
  • Score: 0

8:40am Mon 18 Aug 14

oddshapedballs says...

bradfordbronco wrote:
edmo57 wrote:
after all the club has done for him ,what a disgrace!! good riddance he sums up what has been the problem at the bulls for the last few years, a good player without doubt,but not a shred of loyalty . to hear him talk about needing a new challenge and obviously motivation its a shame he hasnt been motivated by the club who brought him through and supported him throughout his injuries. a shocking attitude , even one season to help us back would have shown some appreciation
don't talk rubbish. We've never really fully appreciated his loyalty. He always seemed to be one that only just got offered contracts at the last minute and short ones at that.
Most fans would have had him in their starting line up. Always gives 100% effort and I genuinely hope he does well elsewhere, he deserves it.
We can't keep everyone, but was hoping he would be one to stay.
Only given short term contracts due to his injury record. Why would you give anyone who had his record any more when he could be washed up in no time?

no loyalty to a club that stood by him
[quote][p][bold]bradfordbronco[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]edmo57[/bold] wrote: after all the club has done for him ,what a disgrace!! good riddance he sums up what has been the problem at the bulls for the last few years, a good player without doubt,but not a shred of loyalty . to hear him talk about needing a new challenge and obviously motivation its a shame he hasnt been motivated by the club who brought him through and supported him throughout his injuries. a shocking attitude , even one season to help us back would have shown some appreciation[/p][/quote]don't talk rubbish. We've never really fully appreciated his loyalty. He always seemed to be one that only just got offered contracts at the last minute and short ones at that. Most fans would have had him in their starting line up. Always gives 100% effort and I genuinely hope he does well elsewhere, he deserves it. We can't keep everyone, but was hoping he would be one to stay.[/p][/quote]Only given short term contracts due to his injury record. Why would you give anyone who had his record any more when he could be washed up in no time? no loyalty to a club that stood by him oddshapedballs
  • Score: -2

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