Francis Cummins has another new Bradford Bulls recruit in sights

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Francis Cummins is set to unveil his latest capture as the pieces start to fall into place for his Odsal regime.

The Bulls are confident of announcing another signing later this week to boost the feel-good factor the new coach is keen to engender.

Cummins witnessed last season how far a strong bond among the players can take a team.

Against a nightmare backdrop off the field, they still delivered some memorable results and it was only the six-point penalty for going into administration which denied the Bulls a first play-off appearance in four years.

While not expecting overnight success, Cummins believes that has set the bar which he expects to beat in his first year in charge.

“The line is what we did last year under all those scenarios and uncertainty,” he said.

“Despite all that was going off, it was a really special feeling. You played for each other and it wasn’t about how much money someone’s on.

“We couldn’t have blamed the players for dropping the baton in March and April but they kept going. It was only once the club was saved that they ran out of steam.

“They had been terrific but were running on empty. But that showed what can be achieved.

“There are very few examples you can think of where things have happened immediately. It will be a long process.

“I spent all my career at Leeds and it all started to take off after 15 years of hard slog. Wigan was similar, they went down and down and it took them five years to come back.

“We are having to build the club back up but I’m sure the players will buy into that.”

Meanwhile, Luke Gale will have another scan this week on his injured ankle once the swelling has been allowed to subside.

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7:58am Mon 5 Nov 12

Archie's Ghost says...

Another signing?

So that'd make 2.
Another signing? So that'd make 2. Archie's Ghost
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8:05am Mon 5 Nov 12

BlackpoolBull says...

Foster probably. Props next please!
Foster probably. Props next please! BlackpoolBull
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8:51am Mon 5 Nov 12

Steampig says...

netherton i reckon, just left KR.
netherton i reckon, just left KR. Steampig
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8:59am Mon 5 Nov 12

flashdonut says...

Archie's Ghost wrote:
Another signing?

So that'd make 2.
Well done. No flies on you.
[quote][p][bold]Archie's Ghost[/bold] wrote: Another signing? So that'd make 2.[/p][/quote]Well done. No flies on you. flashdonut
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9:04am Mon 5 Nov 12

Mumby was the best says...

It appears the whole game is stagnant re players moving clubs or clubs making big signings. Even the Rhinos ( who according to one deluded poster on here every player wants to go to) can`t sign the players they would like to having chased Lulia and Moon.
We just have to be patient and let things unfold.
It appears the whole game is stagnant re players moving clubs or clubs making big signings. Even the Rhinos ( who according to one deluded poster on here every player wants to go to) can`t sign the players they would like to having chased Lulia and Moon. We just have to be patient and let things unfold. Mumby was the best
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9:23am Mon 5 Nov 12

Archie's Ghost says...

I bet Leeds have more than 19 senior players.
I bet Leeds have more than 19 senior players. Archie's Ghost
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10:31am Mon 5 Nov 12

Steam Pigs says...

Archie's Ghost wrote:
I bet Leeds have more than 19 senior players.
moan moan whinge whinge

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

yawn

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[quote][p][bold]Archie's Ghost[/bold] wrote: I bet Leeds have more than 19 senior players.[/p][/quote]moan moan whinge whinge zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz yawn zzzzzzzzzzzzzz Steam Pigs
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10:48am Mon 5 Nov 12

monobrow man says...

Why do people think we played great last year, every team in the top 10 put at least 40 points on us. Going in to next season we will be at least 5 players down on last seasons squad we have also lost the voted for coach of the season. The only good thing will be our younger players have a bit more experience.
Why do people think we played great last year, every team in the top 10 put at least 40 points on us. Going in to next season we will be at least 5 players down on last seasons squad we have also lost the voted for coach of the season. The only good thing will be our younger players have a bit more experience. monobrow man
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10:53am Mon 5 Nov 12

Videoref says...

Archie's Ghost wrote:
I bet Leeds have more than 19 senior players.
quite a few VERY senior, ready for Liverpool pathway!
[quote][p][bold]Archie's Ghost[/bold] wrote: I bet Leeds have more than 19 senior players.[/p][/quote]quite a few VERY senior, ready for Liverpool pathway! Videoref
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12:06pm Mon 5 Nov 12

Solomon Grundy says...

We are very very light on numbers and FC needs a slew of signings - we have no front row forwards and that you can go into SL with what we have is ridiculous.

Also only 2 recognized halfbacks and if Foster comes in that will give us 2 SL experienced wingers + Purtell who I hope can come back and play. Please do not say Michael Platt on the wing because that is not his forte.

This squad is very very threadbare at present and Francis cannot pretend to us that it isn't because we endured the McNamara debacle and do NOT WANT IT AGAIN!
We are very very light on numbers and FC needs a slew of signings - we have no front row forwards and that you can go into SL with what we have is ridiculous. Also only 2 recognized halfbacks and if Foster comes in that will give us 2 SL experienced wingers + Purtell who I hope can come back and play. Please do not say Michael Platt on the wing because that is not his forte. This squad is very very threadbare at present and Francis cannot pretend to us that it isn't because we endured the McNamara debacle and do NOT WANT IT AGAIN! Solomon Grundy
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12:23pm Mon 5 Nov 12

bartsbull says...

There will be more signings but listen to what people say


Due to the club being rescued we are behind every other club in regard to signing first choice players

Yes we have lost some props but out of the ones we have lost i would only have kept two

Hargreaves and Koppy Burgess was always going to go at some point

The others that have left elima was good when he played but gave to many penalties josephs injured most of the time sibit injured

Lets back fc he knows what he wants and who he wants i would rather have players who want to play for the club and will give 100%
There will be more signings but listen to what people say Due to the club being rescued we are behind every other club in regard to signing first choice players Yes we have lost some props but out of the ones we have lost i would only have kept two Hargreaves and Koppy Burgess was always going to go at some point The others that have left elima was good when he played but gave to many penalties josephs injured most of the time sibit injured Lets back fc he knows what he wants and who he wants i would rather have players who want to play for the club and will give 100% bartsbull
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12:51pm Mon 5 Nov 12

Steam Pigs says...

bartsbull wrote:
There will be more signings but listen to what people say


Due to the club being rescued we are behind every other club in regard to signing first choice players

Yes we have lost some props but out of the ones we have lost i would only have kept two

Hargreaves and Koppy Burgess was always going to go at some point

The others that have left elima was good when he played but gave to many penalties josephs injured most of the time sibit injured

Lets back fc he knows what he wants and who he wants i would rather have players who want to play for the club and will give 100%
well said!!!!

but most won't heed your words and will revert to stating the obvious in 5 seconds flat......
[quote][p][bold]bartsbull[/bold] wrote: There will be more signings but listen to what people say Due to the club being rescued we are behind every other club in regard to signing first choice players Yes we have lost some props but out of the ones we have lost i would only have kept two Hargreaves and Koppy Burgess was always going to go at some point The others that have left elima was good when he played but gave to many penalties josephs injured most of the time sibit injured Lets back fc he knows what he wants and who he wants i would rather have players who want to play for the club and will give 100%[/p][/quote]well said!!!! but most won't heed your words and will revert to stating the obvious in 5 seconds flat...... Steam Pigs
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12:56pm Mon 5 Nov 12

taurusthebull says...

Rumour is Mason, Keith not WILLY !
Rumour is Mason, Keith not WILLY ! taurusthebull
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1:26pm Mon 5 Nov 12

Videoref says...

taurusthebull wrote:
Rumour is Mason, Keith not WILLY !
Perhaps he was part ex on Koppy
Do we really rate him? Not sure really
[quote][p][bold]taurusthebull[/bold] wrote: Rumour is Mason, Keith not WILLY ![/p][/quote]Perhaps he was part ex on Koppy Do we really rate him? Not sure really Videoref
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1:34pm Mon 5 Nov 12

jkirby85 says...

Videoref wrote:
taurusthebull wrote:
Rumour is Mason, Keith not WILLY !
Perhaps he was part ex on Koppy
Do we really rate him? Not sure really
I rate his aggression and experienced......not bad id say.....we missed a lot of aggression and hard nuts the last 2 seasons defense shows that.....
[quote][p][bold]Videoref[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]taurusthebull[/bold] wrote: Rumour is Mason, Keith not WILLY ![/p][/quote]Perhaps he was part ex on Koppy Do we really rate him? Not sure really[/p][/quote]I rate his aggression and experienced......not bad id say.....we missed a lot of aggression and hard nuts the last 2 seasons defense shows that..... jkirby85
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1:35pm Mon 5 Nov 12

Steam Pigs says...

taurusthebull wrote:
Rumour is Mason, Keith not WILLY !
please lord, NO!
[quote][p][bold]taurusthebull[/bold] wrote: Rumour is Mason, Keith not WILLY ![/p][/quote]please lord, NO! Steam Pigs
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1:43pm Mon 5 Nov 12

Bone_idle18 says...

Steam Pigs wrote:
taurusthebull wrote:
Rumour is Mason, Keith not WILLY !
please lord, NO!
Might not be a bad option. Props are a funny breed, they can appear to be over the hill, then move clubs and get a great season or two. (Anderson to Saints and Lynch to Hull spring to mind).

Might be a good stopgap. Mason and Netherton would add some much needed experience up front, could buy us time to bring academy lads through.
[quote][p][bold]Steam Pigs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]taurusthebull[/bold] wrote: Rumour is Mason, Keith not WILLY ![/p][/quote]please lord, NO![/p][/quote]Might not be a bad option. Props are a funny breed, they can appear to be over the hill, then move clubs and get a great season or two. (Anderson to Saints and Lynch to Hull spring to mind). Might be a good stopgap. Mason and Netherton would add some much needed experience up front, could buy us time to bring academy lads through. Bone_idle18
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1:58pm Mon 5 Nov 12

Solomon Grundy says...

Steam Pigs wrote:
taurusthebull wrote:
Rumour is Mason, Keith not WILLY !
please lord, NO!
Then who? We will have to have someone. I'd say Mason would be a decent bet.
[quote][p][bold]Steam Pigs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]taurusthebull[/bold] wrote: Rumour is Mason, Keith not WILLY ![/p][/quote]please lord, NO![/p][/quote]Then who? We will have to have someone. I'd say Mason would be a decent bet. Solomon Grundy
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2:27pm Mon 5 Nov 12

salford red says...

is it sidlow salford city reds, he is a good player. can't understand why we let him go
is it sidlow salford city reds, he is a good player. can't understand why we let him go salford red
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2:27pm Mon 5 Nov 12

salford red says...

is it sidlow salford city reds, he is a good player. can't understand why we let him go
is it sidlow salford city reds, he is a good player. can't understand why we let him go salford red
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2:29pm Mon 5 Nov 12

salford red says...

is it sidlow salford city reds, he is a good player. can't understand why we let him go
is it sidlow salford city reds, he is a good player. can't understand why we let him go salford red
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2:31pm Mon 5 Nov 12

salford red says...

site seems to have gone on one
site seems to have gone on one salford red
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2:56pm Mon 5 Nov 12

Steam Pigs says...

Solomon Grundy wrote:
Steam Pigs wrote:
taurusthebull wrote:
Rumour is Mason, Keith not WILLY !
please lord, NO!
Then who? We will have to have someone. I'd say Mason would be a decent bet.
Plenty of players about, these threads are littered with suggestions....

all OOC

Walker
Netherton
Sidlow

and so on.... there will be more names added over time.

I want FC to find the next Chris Hill from the lower leagues, who they are I don't know (i'd be a very well paid scout if I did!!)

and don't forget that there is also a loan market, that'll kick off once all teams are back in FT training
[quote][p][bold]Solomon Grundy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steam Pigs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]taurusthebull[/bold] wrote: Rumour is Mason, Keith not WILLY ![/p][/quote]please lord, NO![/p][/quote]Then who? We will have to have someone. I'd say Mason would be a decent bet.[/p][/quote]Plenty of players about, these threads are littered with suggestions.... all OOC Walker Netherton Sidlow and so on.... there will be more names added over time. I want FC to find the next Chris Hill from the lower leagues, who they are I don't know (i'd be a very well paid scout if I did!!) and don't forget that there is also a loan market, that'll kick off once all teams are back in FT training Steam Pigs
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6:13pm Mon 5 Nov 12

kira171239 says...

can anybody really tell me who we can really sign.We can not sign any foreign players as we have the maximum. What other players are around who would come to the bulls and improve the squad better than our young guns.
can anybody really tell me who we can really sign.We can not sign any foreign players as we have the maximum. What other players are around who would come to the bulls and improve the squad better than our young guns. kira171239
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6:46pm Mon 5 Nov 12

billybobbull says...

Sometimes what teams need is just muscle. It sets up decent half backs to get the more mobile players making advantage of the gaps that will happen . FC understands that. He was an intelligent back.
For now I would be happen with BIG lads from anywhere and teach them how to Bulldoze. The backs will do the business. There's lots of Big lads around the different leagues
This reminds me of 1978. Van Bellen x 2 Forsythe and few clever half backs.
Sometimes what teams need is just muscle. It sets up decent half backs to get the more mobile players making advantage of the gaps that will happen . FC understands that. He was an intelligent back. For now I would be happen with BIG lads from anywhere and teach them how to Bulldoze. The backs will do the business. There's lots of Big lads around the different leagues This reminds me of 1978. Van Bellen x 2 Forsythe and few clever half backs. billybobbull
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6:55pm Mon 5 Nov 12

THEMANOFSTEEL says...

Unless mason is going to be another loan signing he won't be signing permenant he committed to giants till 2015
Unless mason is going to be another loan signing he won't be signing permenant he committed to giants till 2015 THEMANOFSTEEL
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8:20pm Mon 5 Nov 12

mdn says...

THEMANOFSTEEL wrote:
Unless mason is going to be another loan signing he won't be signing permenant he committed to giants till 2015
Rumour going round he's been made redundant by giants.
[quote][p][bold]THEMANOFSTEEL[/bold] wrote: Unless mason is going to be another loan signing he won't be signing permenant he committed to giants till 2015[/p][/quote]Rumour going round he's been made redundant by giants. mdn
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8:20pm Mon 5 Nov 12

mdn says...

THEMANOFSTEEL wrote:
Unless mason is going to be another loan signing he won't be signing permenant he committed to giants till 2015
Rumour going round he's been made redundant by giants.
[quote][p][bold]THEMANOFSTEEL[/bold] wrote: Unless mason is going to be another loan signing he won't be signing permenant he committed to giants till 2015[/p][/quote]Rumour going round he's been made redundant by giants. mdn
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8:54pm Mon 5 Nov 12

Videoref says...

mdn wrote:
THEMANOFSTEEL wrote:
Unless mason is going to be another loan signing he won't be signing permenant he committed to giants till 2015
Rumour going round he's been made redundant by giants.
They've signed Fielden & Koppy and they already have Crabtree, Ferguson, O'donnell & Chan and Fairbank coming through-they've got more props than Wishy Washy's laundry-where is he going to be in the pecking order if he stays at Huddersfield?
[quote][p][bold]mdn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]THEMANOFSTEEL[/bold] wrote: Unless mason is going to be another loan signing he won't be signing permenant he committed to giants till 2015[/p][/quote]Rumour going round he's been made redundant by giants.[/p][/quote]They've signed Fielden & Koppy and they already have Crabtree, Ferguson, O'donnell & Chan and Fairbank coming through-they've got more props than Wishy Washy's laundry-where is he going to be in the pecking order if he stays at Huddersfield? Videoref
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10:02pm Mon 5 Nov 12

Shipley Paul says...

Rumour has it Jeff Grayshon's in the frame for a 3rd go. He's a big lad, bigger than when he was here before,so here's hoping. On the other hand, lots of players contracts don't end until mid november so although there's a degree of panic, there will be a few more announcements yet I reckon.
Rumour has it Jeff Grayshon's in the frame for a 3rd go. He's a big lad, bigger than when he was here before,so here's hoping. On the other hand, lots of players contracts don't end until mid november so although there's a degree of panic, there will be a few more announcements yet I reckon. Shipley Paul
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9:06am Tue 6 Nov 12

oddshapedballs says...

and there we go no one knew that one!! where were all the know it alls??
is that the news coming out of warrington reading bullette??

Youts faithfully

Racist Pig lol
and there we go no one knew that one!! where were all the know it alls?? is that the news coming out of warrington reading bullette?? Youts faithfully Racist Pig lol oddshapedballs
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