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Time for all at Bradford Bulls to stand up, urges Francis Cummins
Francis Cummins will draw inspiration from the legendary Trevor Foster as he bids to guide the Bulls into a bright new era.
After a season in which the club were almost brought to their knees before Omar Khan’s intervention, new coach Cummins believes the Bulls are ready to begin another major rebuilding process.
He has compared it to when Bradford Northern folded in 1963 before Foster, who served the club with distinction as a player, coach and director, played a major part in their reformation in 1964.
Foster, who was the club’s timekeeper right up until his death in 2005, is set to be honoured with a memorial gate bearing his name at Odsal .
As the club begin to rebuild under Khan and Gerry Sutcliffe, Cummins said: “I’ve no doubt that this is our 1964 moment.
“It’s a time for us to all stand up. You look back at what Trevor Foster did here and it’s inspiring.
“I read the book at the weekend about how Northern fell away and how Trevor built the club back up.
“Now this is our time for everyone to stand up again and really take this club forward.
“It’s tremendous what people did this year and they will have to do that again. I’ve no doubt they will.”
Cummins is currently working towards building his squad for next season and talks with players and agents are ongoing.
The former Bulls assistant coach has no doubt that the club’s foundations for future success have been laid by the new owners.
Cummins said: “Omar cares about this place and he wants to make it happen – he’s got fire in his belly.
“The stadium and the corporate side of things will generate money for the club which will allow us to eventually invest more in players.
“It’s not been straightforward for Omar and Gerry to buy the club but I like that because that’s where we are as a playing staff too.
“We’re doing it within constraints and we’re not going to pay over the odds. We’ll look to sign players for the right reasons.”