Bradford Bulls: Sammut welcomes Cummins' firm but fair management style (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Bradford Bulls: Jarrod Sammut welcomes Francis Cummins' firm but fair management style
Bulls star Jarrod Sammut reckons Francis Cummins will not take any prisoners following his elevation into the Odsal hot-seat.
After two years as Mick Potter’s right-hand man, Cummins was appointed as the Australian’s successor on a three-year deal.
Universally respected throughout the game, Cummins has been backed to make a successful transition to the top job by Sammut.
The Australian stand-off is an advocate of the former Leeds winger’s firm but fair management style.
“Having worked with Franny last year, I could see how passionate he is about rugby league,” said Sammut, who recently signed a new two-year deal.
“He shared his knowledge with us as players and the one thing I’ve really enjoyed since he was appointed is his straightforwardness.
“He doesn’t sugarcoat anything and he will tell you exactly how it is. You know exactly where you stand.
“Franny has come in and said ‘there won’t be any bending of the rules and nobody will get any special privileges’.
“He has said ‘this is the way we’re going to go forward’, and I think that’s a good thing, especially for the young guys coming through.”
In a squad awash with youthful promise, with teenagers John Bateman and Adam O’Brien having been joined in the first-team squad by Oliver Roberts, Curtis Naughton and Sam Wood, Sammut is ready to take on added responsibility.
“As older guys, we can jump on board and help Franny with his plans for the club.
“It’s something I’m looking forward to doing in the next couple of seasons.”