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Francis Cummins needs right tools for Bradford Bulls job
Gary Tasker has paid tribute to new Bulls coach Francis Cummins and believes he can prove a resounding success – provided he is given sufficient resources to work with.
Cummins was unveiled as successor to Mick Potter on a three-year deal by new owners Omar Khan and Gerry Sutcliffe on Monday.
Since being forced into an early retirement by injury aged 29, the former Leeds winger has established a reputation as one of the brightest young coaches in the game.
Cummins, 35, served as assistant to Tony Smith and Brian McClennan at Headingley before spending the past two seasons as Potter’s right-hand man.
Interim Bulls chief executive Tasker said: “Three years ago, when I was at the RFL and dealing with Mick at St Helens, I was aware he was considering the coaching job at Bradford.
“I recommended Francis to him as an assistant at the time because I’d heard so many good reports about him from his work at Leeds.
“Senior professionals at Headingley felt he was more than ready to do the job at that time.
“He was a Super League coach-in-waiting and I really hope the Bulls’ new owners can secure the resources both on the field and in the backroom to enable him to be a real success.
“He certainly has the ability but he needs the right tools to work with.”
Tasker is in the final throes of his interim spell at Odsal and is currently working with Cummins as he bids to start assembling his squad and backroom staff for next season.