New Bulls recruit Jamie Foster has admitted that staying at St Helens would have made him feel like a fraud – picking up good money without actually playing.
The 22-year-old winger had 12 months left on his contract at his hometown club and could have stayed put until it expired next year. But, after falling down the pecking order at Langtree Park, Foster accepts he would have seen little first-team action and so had no hesitation in joining Bradford on a one-year deal.
With the move comes the chance to play regularly in Super League and reproduce the kind of form he showed during a successful loan spell at Hull FC in the second half of last season.
Foster said: “I could have been sitting at St Helens next season and picked up big money but that’s just not for me.
“You hear about footballers being on big money and not being fussed about playing but it’s not the case for young English rugby league lads. They want to play.
“No money in the world can buy the buzz of running out in front of 15,000 people and scoring a try or kicking a winning goal.
“Trophies come before making money and that’s the be-all and end-all.
“Some people don’t buy that but that’s the way it is for me.
“Bradford are a massive club and I’m absolutely made up to be here. Hopefully the club can really kick on next season and get back up to where they belong.”
Meanwhile, coach Francis Cummins has yet to make a decision as to who will kick goals for the Bulls next season.
Foster is a specialist goalkicker and boasts a fine record but scrum half Luke Gale impressed in the role last term.
Cummins said: “Luke and Jamie will both have an opportunity to prove that they’re the best goalkicker at the club.
“We’ll practice that and all aspects of kicking during pre-season.
“They’re going to invest in that side of their game, as you would in any aspect.
“We’ll focus on practising and then see where we are with it.”
The Bulls have seen three wingers depart since the end of last season.
That has left Elliot Kear and Foster as the two obvious widemen for next season and Cummins is open-minded about which player will line up on either flank.
Foster himself said: “I’m comfortable on the right or left wing. I’ll play wherever Franny asks me to.”