Lee tipped to step on the Gas for Bradford Bulls next season

Lee Gaskell has the ability to "frighten" opposition defences

Lee Gaskell has the ability to "frighten" opposition defences

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STEVE Ferres believes keeping Lee Gaskell was a major statement of intent from the Bulls and tipped the stand-off to "frighten" the life out of Championship defences next year.

Gaskell has underlined his class in recent weeks and scored a delightful hat-trick in Sunday's defeat at Castleford.

He recently signed a new two-year deal to stay at Odsal and managing director Ferres said: "It was difficult to keep him but, to be fair to Lee, he didn't start looking around elsewhere.

"Once he had a deal on offer from us, he was happy to take it.

"It was a crucial signing in terms of making a statement of intent and keeping a player of that quality obviously attracts players of similar quality.

"Lee has the ability to frighten defences and he showed that on Sunday with the outstanding tries he scored.

"His running game is paramount to what we do and what we'll be looking to do going forward next season."

Ferres confirmed that the Bulls remain on the look-out for a replacement for Castleford-bound Luke Gale.

"We're still in the market for a scrum half at the moment but we're not going to panic," he said.

"It's obviously a crucial position but we've got Jake Mullaney who can play there and has done so before.

"We've also got young Adam Brook, so while we are looking to get another player in that position, we're not close at the moment."

Bradford are to stage a second 'Evening with the Bulls' following the recent event at Cedar Court.

It will be held at Odsal next Thursday (September 11) at 7pm, with the Bulls expected to announce more signings.

"It'll be an extremely important event from the club's point of view and allow us to outline our plans going forward," said Ferres.

The event will take place in a specially-erected marquee and free food will be served on the night.

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8:06am Tue 2 Sep 14

Bowlingboy says...

The we are not close to finding a scrum half at the minute comment sound ominous.
It's like the we are desperately looking to sign players statement we have had all year this year....
The we are not close to finding a scrum half at the minute comment sound ominous. It's like the we are desperately looking to sign players statement we have had all year this year.... Bowlingboy
  • Score: -7

8:25am Tue 2 Sep 14

nosher says...

Quality scrum halves are very thin on the ground. Let's not jump in to bringing somebody in that will prove to be a mistake. Remember Marc Herbert.
Quality scrum halves are very thin on the ground. Let's not jump in to bringing somebody in that will prove to be a mistake. Remember Marc Herbert. nosher
  • Score: 12

8:28am Tue 2 Sep 14

BrisBull says...

So, the new management is being more communicative, open and honest - and it's still not good enough for some................
..
So, the new management is being more communicative, open and honest - and it's still not good enough for some................ .. BrisBull
  • Score: 16

8:34am Tue 2 Sep 14

Van Bellen's Baby says...

Apologies if this is old news but just seen on BBC website that Foster's off.
Apologies if this is old news but just seen on BBC website that Foster's off. Van Bellen's Baby
  • Score: 2

8:40am Tue 2 Sep 14

Van Bellen's Baby says...

nosher wrote:
Quality scrum halves are very thin on the ground. Let's not jump in to bringing somebody in that will prove to be a mistake. Remember Marc Herbert.
Yes he was unbelievably bad. He seemed to run backwards whenever in possession and his kicks to touch were the most conservative I have ever seen, they gained 10 metres only because the touch judge couldn't bring himself to walk back to the place he kicked it from. Wonder what happened to him?
[quote][p][bold]nosher[/bold] wrote: Quality scrum halves are very thin on the ground. Let's not jump in to bringing somebody in that will prove to be a mistake. Remember Marc Herbert.[/p][/quote]Yes he was unbelievably bad. He seemed to run backwards whenever in possession and his kicks to touch were the most conservative I have ever seen, they gained 10 metres only because the touch judge couldn't bring himself to walk back to the place he kicked it from. Wonder what happened to him? Van Bellen's Baby
  • Score: 3

8:58am Tue 2 Sep 14

Bowlingboy says...

BrisBull wrote:
So, the new management is being more communicative, open and honest - and it's still not good enough for some................

..
I like the way the club is now been run tbh,
But do you honestly believe that no signings could have been made this year?
It may have been measures imposed by the RFL if so fair game,
If not then I dont know what the reasoning was?

But we do need to go into next year with a quality recognised scrum half,
Its not a position you can just make do with someone in.

Addy or Chev will be playing there if we aren't careful...
[quote][p][bold]BrisBull[/bold] wrote: So, the new management is being more communicative, open and honest - and it's still not good enough for some................ ..[/p][/quote]I like the way the club is now been run tbh, But do you honestly believe that no signings could have been made this year? It may have been measures imposed by the RFL if so fair game, If not then I dont know what the reasoning was? But we do need to go into next year with a quality recognised scrum half, Its not a position you can just make do with someone in. Addy or Chev will be playing there if we aren't careful... Bowlingboy
  • Score: 8

10:24am Tue 2 Sep 14

Bullmaniac says...

The problem is that any scrum half of decent quality will still be tied to a club or waiting for them to make an offer for a new contract. The Bulls will simply have to wait and keep their ear close to the ground, ensuring that they act quickly should the right person become available.

Gone are the days when we could mix it with any club in the world (of either code) for the Joe Vaganas and Lesely Vainikolos of this world. Forutnately for us things have changed and even Wigan and Leeds now struggle to tempt world class players from the NRL.
The problem is that any scrum half of decent quality will still be tied to a club or waiting for them to make an offer for a new contract. The Bulls will simply have to wait and keep their ear close to the ground, ensuring that they act quickly should the right person become available. Gone are the days when we could mix it with any club in the world (of either code) for the Joe Vaganas and Lesely Vainikolos of this world. Forutnately for us things have changed and even Wigan and Leeds now struggle to tempt world class players from the NRL. Bullmaniac
  • Score: 7

12:33pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Out of site says...

Van Bellen's Baby wrote:
nosher wrote:
Quality scrum halves are very thin on the ground. Let's not jump in to bringing somebody in that will prove to be a mistake. Remember Marc Herbert.
Yes he was unbelievably bad. He seemed to run backwards whenever in possession and his kicks to touch were the most conservative I have ever seen, they gained 10 metres only because the touch judge couldn't bring himself to walk back to the place he kicked it from. Wonder what happened to him?
Gone to play at a proper club.
[quote][p][bold]Van Bellen's Baby[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nosher[/bold] wrote: Quality scrum halves are very thin on the ground. Let's not jump in to bringing somebody in that will prove to be a mistake. Remember Marc Herbert.[/p][/quote]Yes he was unbelievably bad. He seemed to run backwards whenever in possession and his kicks to touch were the most conservative I have ever seen, they gained 10 metres only because the touch judge couldn't bring himself to walk back to the place he kicked it from. Wonder what happened to him?[/p][/quote]Gone to play at a proper club. Out of site
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12:35pm Tue 2 Sep 14

bartsbull says...

Young Brook is a very good scrum half and with some good coaching he will be as good as Decs and Robbie or even better

He as very good foot work and is quick out of the halves but he needs game time at the higher level to bring on his game

He will be a good player to bring on when the oposition forwards are getting tired
Young Brook is a very good scrum half and with some good coaching he will be as good as Decs and Robbie or even better He as very good foot work and is quick out of the halves but he needs game time at the higher level to bring on his game He will be a good player to bring on when the oposition forwards are getting tired bartsbull
  • Score: 7

2:12pm Tue 2 Sep 14

bulls916uk says...

Out of site wrote:
Van Bellen's Baby wrote:
nosher wrote:
Quality scrum halves are very thin on the ground. Let's not jump in to bringing somebody in that will prove to be a mistake. Remember Marc Herbert.
Yes he was unbelievably bad. He seemed to run backwards whenever in possession and his kicks to touch were the most conservative I have ever seen, they gained 10 metres only because the touch judge couldn't bring himself to walk back to the place he kicked it from. Wonder what happened to him?
Gone to play at a proper club.
Same club on canal st. you go to?
[quote][p][bold]Out of site[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Van Bellen's Baby[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nosher[/bold] wrote: Quality scrum halves are very thin on the ground. Let's not jump in to bringing somebody in that will prove to be a mistake. Remember Marc Herbert.[/p][/quote]Yes he was unbelievably bad. He seemed to run backwards whenever in possession and his kicks to touch were the most conservative I have ever seen, they gained 10 metres only because the touch judge couldn't bring himself to walk back to the place he kicked it from. Wonder what happened to him?[/p][/quote]Gone to play at a proper club.[/p][/quote]Same club on canal st. you go to? bulls916uk
  • Score: 3

2:39pm Tue 2 Sep 14

theviking62 says...

Out of Sh*ite, you're clueless as to who Marc Herbert is or was. Bye the way, my mate in Hebden Bridge and his mates, haven't a clue who or what the big fellas pub is and they're locals, old lad. Keep 'em, that is your poor attempts at insults, coming, I find them amazingly funny.
Out of Sh*ite, you're clueless as to who Marc Herbert is or was. Bye the way, my mate in Hebden Bridge and his mates, haven't a clue who or what the big fellas pub is and they're locals, old lad. Keep 'em, that is your poor attempts at insults, coming, I find them amazingly funny. theviking62
  • Score: -1

2:43pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Parz says...

Out of site wrote:
Van Bellen's Baby wrote:
nosher wrote: Quality scrum halves are very thin on the ground. Let's not jump in to bringing somebody in that will prove to be a mistake. Remember Marc Herbert.
Yes he was unbelievably bad. He seemed to run backwards whenever in possession and his kicks to touch were the most conservative I have ever seen, they gained 10 metres only because the touch judge couldn't bring himself to walk back to the place he kicked it from. Wonder what happened to him?
Gone to play at a proper club.
Actually, he hasn't played since we binned him.

If you're going to try troll, at least do it properly.

Trolololo!
[quote][p][bold]Out of site[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Van Bellen's Baby[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nosher[/bold] wrote: Quality scrum halves are very thin on the ground. Let's not jump in to bringing somebody in that will prove to be a mistake. Remember Marc Herbert.[/p][/quote]Yes he was unbelievably bad. He seemed to run backwards whenever in possession and his kicks to touch were the most conservative I have ever seen, they gained 10 metres only because the touch judge couldn't bring himself to walk back to the place he kicked it from. Wonder what happened to him?[/p][/quote]Gone to play at a proper club.[/p][/quote]Actually, he hasn't played since we binned him. If you're going to try troll, at least do it properly. Trolololo! Parz
  • Score: 4

2:44pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Parz says...

Anyway, as for Gaskell, he's shown his quality this year. He'll tear teams up next year if he keeps this kind of form.
Anyway, as for Gaskell, he's shown his quality this year. He'll tear teams up next year if he keeps this kind of form. Parz
  • Score: 3

2:59pm Tue 2 Sep 14

AdeyG'man says...

Marc Herbert?? What about Luke Gale?!? He's been just as bad if not worse
Marc Herbert?? What about Luke Gale?!? He's been just as bad if not worse AdeyG'man
  • Score: 4

3:01pm Tue 2 Sep 14

BrisBull says...

Bowlingboy wrote:
BrisBull wrote:
So, the new management is being more communicative, open and honest - and it's still not good enough for some................


..
I like the way the club is now been run tbh,
But do you honestly believe that no signings could have been made this year?
It may have been measures imposed by the RFL if so fair game,
If not then I dont know what the reasoning was?

But we do need to go into next year with a quality recognised scrum half,
Its not a position you can just make do with someone in.

Addy or Chev will be playing there if we aren't careful...
I completely agree that SH is vital, so we need to recruit.

Do I believe that there were no players available? I think that at the time we were most stretched, we needed forwards. I also remember that they were in pretty short supply. An awful lot of SL clubs had injuries too, so were either recalling loan players, or keeping hold of what they'd got.

I also believe that players we recruit need to fit in with the club, and wish to be here.

In short, I tend to believe that we couldn't recruit the right players.

Having said all of that, Marc Green has admitted that he was looking to recover his stake in the club when he first came in.

I guess we'll never know......
[quote][p][bold]Bowlingboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BrisBull[/bold] wrote: So, the new management is being more communicative, open and honest - and it's still not good enough for some................ ..[/p][/quote]I like the way the club is now been run tbh, But do you honestly believe that no signings could have been made this year? It may have been measures imposed by the RFL if so fair game, If not then I dont know what the reasoning was? But we do need to go into next year with a quality recognised scrum half, Its not a position you can just make do with someone in. Addy or Chev will be playing there if we aren't careful...[/p][/quote]I completely agree that SH is vital, so we need to recruit. Do I believe that there were no players available? I think that at the time we were most stretched, we needed forwards. I also remember that they were in pretty short supply. An awful lot of SL clubs had injuries too, so were either recalling loan players, or keeping hold of what they'd got. I also believe that players we recruit need to fit in with the club, and wish to be here. In short, I tend to believe that we couldn't recruit the right players. Having said all of that, Marc Green has admitted that he was looking to recover his stake in the club when he first came in. I guess we'll never know...... BrisBull
  • Score: 3

3:57pm Tue 2 Sep 14

monobrow man says...

nosher wrote:
Quality scrum halves are very thin on the ground. Let's not jump in to bringing somebody in that will prove to be a mistake. Remember Marc Herbert.
Only 5 players in super league that year had more try assists than him. Not the failure he was made out to be.
[quote][p][bold]nosher[/bold] wrote: Quality scrum halves are very thin on the ground. Let's not jump in to bringing somebody in that will prove to be a mistake. Remember Marc Herbert.[/p][/quote]Only 5 players in super league that year had more try assists than him. Not the failure he was made out to be. monobrow man
  • Score: 1

4:28pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Out of site says...

theviking62 wrote:
Out of Sh*ite, you're clueless as to who Marc Herbert is or was. Bye the way, my mate in Hebden Bridge and his mates, haven't a clue who or what the big fellas pub is and they're locals, old lad. Keep 'em, that is your poor attempts at insults, coming, I find them amazingly funny.
Well I'm still here maybe they are not old enough to drink or don't drink,everyone in hebden either knows me or knows of me so stop telling lies you're gayness.come down you're more than welcome.
[quote][p][bold]theviking62[/bold] wrote: Out of Sh*ite, you're clueless as to who Marc Herbert is or was. Bye the way, my mate in Hebden Bridge and his mates, haven't a clue who or what the big fellas pub is and they're locals, old lad. Keep 'em, that is your poor attempts at insults, coming, I find them amazingly funny.[/p][/quote]Well I'm still here maybe they are not old enough to drink or don't drink,everyone in hebden either knows me or knows of me so stop telling lies you're gayness.come down you're more than welcome. Out of site
  • Score: -2

4:30pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Out of site says...

AdeyG'man wrote:
Marc Herbert?? What about Luke Gale?!? He's been just as bad if not worse
Don't tell the truth the bullock mafia won't like it.
[quote][p][bold]AdeyG'man[/bold] wrote: Marc Herbert?? What about Luke Gale?!? He's been just as bad if not worse[/p][/quote]Don't tell the truth the bullock mafia won't like it. Out of site
  • Score: -2

5:14pm Tue 2 Sep 14

king karl says...

in talks with jarrod sammut
in talks with jarrod sammut king karl
  • Score: 4

6:35pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Paul from Idle says...

An OT comment, why does the reporter try to be witty with his headlines ?
Not clever not funny bit moronic.....
An OT comment, why does the reporter try to be witty with his headlines ? Not clever not funny bit moronic..... Paul from Idle
  • Score: 3

9:47pm Tue 2 Sep 14

theviking62 says...

Out of S*ite, why would I lie. What's that they say, ah, yes, the truth hurts. I have no reason to doubt my mates words. Point, he does partake of a pint or two, he's my age, 66, lived in Hebden Bridge all is life. So, tell me the name of your pub? And I'll get him to call in.

Aidey, I think, until the three we won on the bounce, that Gale has been very mediocre. Proof, the last game at Cas. For my money, give Brook or Conroy a run in the halves, for last two games.
Out of S*ite, why would I lie. What's that they say, ah, yes, the truth hurts. I have no reason to doubt my mates words. Point, he does partake of a pint or two, he's my age, 66, lived in Hebden Bridge all is life. So, tell me the name of your pub? And I'll get him to call in. Aidey, I think, until the three we won on the bounce, that Gale has been very mediocre. Proof, the last game at Cas. For my money, give Brook or Conroy a run in the halves, for last two games. theviking62
  • Score: -1

3:08pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Out of site says...

theviking62 wrote:
Out of S*ite, why would I lie. What's that they say, ah, yes, the truth hurts. I have no reason to doubt my mates words. Point, he does partake of a pint or two, he's my age, 66, lived in Hebden Bridge all is life. So, tell me the name of your pub? And I'll get him to call in.

Aidey, I think, until the three we won on the bounce, that Gale has been very mediocre. Proof, the last game at Cas. For my money, give Brook or Conroy a run in the halves, for last two games.
If he drinks down here he will know or know of me
[quote][p][bold]theviking62[/bold] wrote: Out of S*ite, why would I lie. What's that they say, ah, yes, the truth hurts. I have no reason to doubt my mates words. Point, he does partake of a pint or two, he's my age, 66, lived in Hebden Bridge all is life. So, tell me the name of your pub? And I'll get him to call in. Aidey, I think, until the three we won on the bounce, that Gale has been very mediocre. Proof, the last game at Cas. For my money, give Brook or Conroy a run in the halves, for last two games.[/p][/quote]If he drinks down here he will know or know of me Out of site
  • Score: 0
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