Francis Cummins always on look-out for Bradford Bulls recruits

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Francis Cummins admits the Bulls half-back position is an issue due to Luke Gale’s injury Francis Cummins admits the Bulls half-back position is an issue due to Luke Gale’s injury

Francis Cummins will continue to scour the market for potential new recruits following the injury setbacks suffered by Luke Gale and John Bateman.

Key playmaker Gale is battling to be fit for the start of the season after undergoing ankle surgery which will rule him out for eight weeks.

Home-grown back-rower Bateman will be out for three months as he prepares to have a shoulder reconstruction on Monday.

While Cummins is blessed with plenty of back-rowers, he admits Gale’s absence is a concern. The Bulls coach also remains on the look-out for at least one more prop, although former Leeds and Hull man Ewan Dowes is not on his radar.

Cummins said: “There are conversations about other players as you go along, that’s just how it is.

“We are very lucky in that we’ve got some very good back-rowers and quite a lot of them too.

“But half-back is an issue. Things obviously depend on how Galey’s rehab’ goes but the make-up of the squad is an ongoing process and I never stop thinking about it.

“It’s all about who becomes available and whether they will add to the squad. If not then we will look within the squad.”

Meanwhile, Cummins is edging closer to appointing a coach for the new Under-19s side.

Stu Barrow assisted head of youth development Paul Medley with the Bulls’ youngsters last season but has since departed the club.

Cummins said: “We’re well on with the process and will make sure it’s the right person for the job and that age group.”

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9:34am Sat 1 Dec 12

kitman says...

Dowes has signed for Workington Town for 2013.I think if Purtell is fit then Platt goes to Salford and we get Andy Sidlow if on the other hand Purtell can not play again Platt says at Bradford and i expect another Manly player arriving at Bradford !
Dowes has signed for Workington Town for 2013.I think if Purtell is fit then Platt goes to Salford and we get Andy Sidlow if on the other hand Purtell can not play again Platt says at Bradford and i expect another Manly player arriving at Bradford ! kitman
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9:42am Sat 1 Dec 12

king karl says...

Lee Smith on a 1 yr deal
Lee Smith on a 1 yr deal king karl
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10:08am Sat 1 Dec 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

Another old mate Franny well done, smith could play prop these days . Get yourself down to West Bowling today Franny at least they will be cheap.
Another old mate Franny well done, smith could play prop these days . Get yourself down to West Bowling today Franny at least they will be cheap. ifallwerelikemumby
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10:33am Sat 1 Dec 12

Wipsi says...

ifallwerelikemumby wrote:
Another old mate Franny well done, smith could play prop these days . Get yourself down to West Bowling today Franny at least they will be cheap.
Sad,insecure little chap,locked up all the time in your 8 x 10 padded room,is this part of your re-hab,being allowed on here,if it is it's failing.
[quote][p][bold]ifallwerelikemumby[/bold] wrote: Another old mate Franny well done, smith could play prop these days . Get yourself down to West Bowling today Franny at least they will be cheap.[/p][/quote]Sad,insecure little chap,locked up all the time in your 8 x 10 padded room,is this part of your re-hab,being allowed on here,if it is it's failing. Wipsi
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6:53pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Shelfrhino says...

Cummins is like a tramp looking in the windows of Betty's tea room, he can look but he knows he's not really welcome as there's nowt he can afford.
Cummins is like a tramp looking in the windows of Betty's tea room, he can look but he knows he's not really welcome as there's nowt he can afford. Shelfrhino
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7:14pm Sat 1 Dec 12

moomooland says...

Shelfrhino, have the mighty chumpions signed anybody else yet, oh wait they can't afford anybody because you have spent £1 million on resurfacing the car park for the cricket
Shelfrhino, have the mighty chumpions signed anybody else yet, oh wait they can't afford anybody because you have spent £1 million on resurfacing the car park for the cricket moomooland
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7:46pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Shelfrhino says...

We're alright pal, not much needed playerwise.
Nice new pitch, plenty of fans and money as well :)
Wonder how many thousand ST's you shifted today, what with it being deadline day and all that.
We're alright pal, not much needed playerwise. Nice new pitch, plenty of fans and money as well :) Wonder how many thousand ST's you shifted today, what with it being deadline day and all that. Shelfrhino
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8:54pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Wipsi says...

Shelfrhino wrote:
We're alright pal, not much needed playerwise. Nice new pitch, plenty of fans and money as well :) Wonder how many thousand ST's you shifted today, what with it being deadline day and all that.
How many tickets have Leeds urinals sold,do you actually know?
[quote][p][bold]Shelfrhino[/bold] wrote: We're alright pal, not much needed playerwise. Nice new pitch, plenty of fans and money as well :) Wonder how many thousand ST's you shifted today, what with it being deadline day and all that.[/p][/quote]How many tickets have Leeds urinals sold,do you actually know? Wipsi
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9:27pm Sat 1 Dec 12

bullsforever says...

Shelfrino is an ignorant little -rseole, he knows full well that without P Caddicks money the whinos would be up the -hit creek without a paddle. Please Mr Caddick withdraw your money and let the scum choke in there own -hit.
Shelfrino is an ignorant little -rseole, he knows full well that without P Caddicks money the whinos would be up the -hit creek without a paddle. Please Mr Caddick withdraw your money and let the scum choke in there own -hit. bullsforever
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9:49pm Sat 1 Dec 12

moomooland says...

Shelfrhino wrote:
We're alright pal, not much needed playerwise.
Nice new pitch, plenty of fans and money as well :)
Wonder how many thousand ST's you shifted today, what with it being deadline day and all that.
That's because no one wants to play for you, I wonder when your friends at Red Hall are gonna investigate your club tapping up a contracted player, Then again the rfl have a history of helping you guys out, blatant forward passes, players taking banned substancies during a play-off series and then not being named, players getting put on report and getting away with it, The clown that is Hetherington starts to cry and the rfl say sorry boss this is what we will do to make it up to you., It's ok for you to have a dig at the Bulls but when someone does it to the Whino's you can't take it. My advice to you is go back to Elland Rd where 80% of your fans came from when they got relegated from the premiership, If proof were needed, what has Marching on Together got to do with the Whino's, nothing at all
[quote][p][bold]Shelfrhino[/bold] wrote: We're alright pal, not much needed playerwise. Nice new pitch, plenty of fans and money as well :) Wonder how many thousand ST's you shifted today, what with it being deadline day and all that.[/p][/quote]That's because no one wants to play for you, I wonder when your friends at Red Hall are gonna investigate your club tapping up a contracted player, Then again the rfl have a history of helping you guys out, blatant forward passes, players taking banned substancies during a play-off series and then not being named, players getting put on report and getting away with it, The clown that is Hetherington starts to cry and the rfl say sorry boss this is what we will do to make it up to you., It's ok for you to have a dig at the Bulls but when someone does it to the Whino's you can't take it. My advice to you is go back to Elland Rd where 80% of your fans came from when they got relegated from the premiership, If proof were needed, what has Marching on Together got to do with the Whino's, nothing at all moomooland
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9:49pm Sat 1 Dec 12

moomooland says...

Shelfrhino wrote:
We're alright pal, not much needed playerwise.
Nice new pitch, plenty of fans and money as well :)
Wonder how many thousand ST's you shifted today, what with it being deadline day and all that.
That's because no one wants to play for you, I wonder when your friends at Red Hall are gonna investigate your club tapping up a contracted player, Then again the rfl have a history of helping you guys out, blatant forward passes, players taking banned substancies during a play-off series and then not being named, players getting put on report and getting away with it, The clown that is Hetherington starts to cry and the rfl say sorry boss this is what we will do to make it up to you., It's ok for you to have a dig at the Bulls but when someone does it to the Whino's you can't take it. My advice to you is go back to Elland Rd where 80% of your fans came from when they got relegated from the premiership, If proof were needed, what has Marching on Together got to do with the Whino's, nothing at all
[quote][p][bold]Shelfrhino[/bold] wrote: We're alright pal, not much needed playerwise. Nice new pitch, plenty of fans and money as well :) Wonder how many thousand ST's you shifted today, what with it being deadline day and all that.[/p][/quote]That's because no one wants to play for you, I wonder when your friends at Red Hall are gonna investigate your club tapping up a contracted player, Then again the rfl have a history of helping you guys out, blatant forward passes, players taking banned substancies during a play-off series and then not being named, players getting put on report and getting away with it, The clown that is Hetherington starts to cry and the rfl say sorry boss this is what we will do to make it up to you., It's ok for you to have a dig at the Bulls but when someone does it to the Whino's you can't take it. My advice to you is go back to Elland Rd where 80% of your fans came from when they got relegated from the premiership, If proof were needed, what has Marching on Together got to do with the Whino's, nothing at all moomooland
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8:52am Sun 2 Dec 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

wrong AGAIN
wrong AGAIN ifallwerelikemumby
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9:20am Sun 2 Dec 12

-HCK3R- says...

moomooland wrote:
Shelfrhino, have the mighty chumpions signed anybody else yet, oh wait they can't afford anybody because you have spent £1 million on resurfacing the car park for the cricket
Dont forget they are giving trials to Joe Vickery .............yes THE Joe Vickery !! you know the guy who plays for .........erm ........well never mind who he plays for everybody knows Joe Vickery !
[quote][p][bold]moomooland[/bold] wrote: Shelfrhino, have the mighty chumpions signed anybody else yet, oh wait they can't afford anybody because you have spent £1 million on resurfacing the car park for the cricket[/p][/quote]Dont forget they are giving trials to Joe Vickery .............yes THE Joe Vickery !! you know the guy who plays for .........erm ........well never mind who he plays for everybody knows Joe Vickery ! -HCK3R-
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9:36am Sun 2 Dec 12

Meningascoming says...

Leeds business model is to be admired and the executive congratulated - sadly the previous regime at Odsal imploded - let's hope that our new dream team can take us forward - no need to knock the Rhinos just watch,listen and learn!
Leeds business model is to be admired and the executive congratulated - sadly the previous regime at Odsal imploded - let's hope that our new dream team can take us forward - no need to knock the Rhinos just watch,listen and learn! Meningascoming
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9:40am Sun 2 Dec 12

Mumby was the best says...

Be fair they signed Joel Moon from Salford.
He only played half a season for them thru injuries. Then he ran home to Oz in search of a NRL club saying he was homesick. Got no takers so came reluctantly back but bad mouthed Salford and moved to Leeds. Sounds a bit like Matt Awful, only here for the easy money but not good enough for Oz.
Be fair they signed Joel Moon from Salford. He only played half a season for them thru injuries. Then he ran home to Oz in search of a NRL club saying he was homesick. Got no takers so came reluctantly back but bad mouthed Salford and moved to Leeds. Sounds a bit like Matt Awful, only here for the easy money but not good enough for Oz. Mumby was the best
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2:41pm Sun 2 Dec 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

wrong AGAIN
wrong AGAIN ifallwerelikemumby
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4:27pm Sun 2 Dec 12

-HCK3R- says...

ifallwerelikemumby wrote:
wrong AGAIN
Voices getting a bit repetitive or are you more confused than usual ?
[quote][p][bold]ifallwerelikemumby[/bold] wrote: wrong AGAIN[/p][/quote]Voices getting a bit repetitive or are you more confused than usual ? -HCK3R-
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8:36pm Sun 2 Dec 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

Baa Baa
Baa Baa ifallwerelikemumby
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11:34pm Sun 2 Dec 12

Shelfrhino says...

moomooland wrote:
Shelfrhino wrote:
We're alright pal, not much needed playerwise.
Nice new pitch, plenty of fans and money as well :)
Wonder how many thousand ST's you shifted today, what with it being deadline day and all that.
That's because no one wants to play for you, I wonder when your friends at Red Hall are gonna investigate your club tapping up a contracted player, Then again the rfl have a history of helping you guys out, blatant forward passes, players taking banned substancies during a play-off series and then not being named, players getting put on report and getting away with it, The clown that is Hetherington starts to cry and the rfl say sorry boss this is what we will do to make it up to you., It's ok for you to have a dig at the Bulls but when someone does it to the Whino's you can't take it. My advice to you is go back to Elland Rd where 80% of your fans came from when they got relegated from the premiership, If proof were needed, what has Marching on Together got to do with the Whino's, nothing at all
Your sad small club has had more help from the RFL than anyone.
The RFL are even letting you pretend to be a club with history, when you have no history whatsoever.
You won't last the forthcoming season out and will be resigned to the scrap heap like the rest of bradford.

Marching on together.
[quote][p][bold]moomooland[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shelfrhino[/bold] wrote: We're alright pal, not much needed playerwise. Nice new pitch, plenty of fans and money as well :) Wonder how many thousand ST's you shifted today, what with it being deadline day and all that.[/p][/quote]That's because no one wants to play for you, I wonder when your friends at Red Hall are gonna investigate your club tapping up a contracted player, Then again the rfl have a history of helping you guys out, blatant forward passes, players taking banned substancies during a play-off series and then not being named, players getting put on report and getting away with it, The clown that is Hetherington starts to cry and the rfl say sorry boss this is what we will do to make it up to you., It's ok for you to have a dig at the Bulls but when someone does it to the Whino's you can't take it. My advice to you is go back to Elland Rd where 80% of your fans came from when they got relegated from the premiership, If proof were needed, what has Marching on Together got to do with the Whino's, nothing at all[/p][/quote]Your sad small club has had more help from the RFL than anyone. The RFL are even letting you pretend to be a club with history, when you have no history whatsoever. You won't last the forthcoming season out and will be resigned to the scrap heap like the rest of bradford. Marching on together. Shelfrhino
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2:40pm Mon 3 Dec 12

marklee88 says...

The truth is we need to see out this season and perform well. We have a semi-decent side that should be adequate enough to upset a few parties and scrape top 8 if we can keep a squad fit. But we need cover for half back and forwards, which we are struggling to get. Somebody will crop up but I doubt they will be of any quality. But when you look at how last season went I would be happy with slow progress, which I think is what we will see over the coming years. Don't let fools wind you up because they have nothing better to do than bad mouth everyone else (you will find Leeds utd and Rhinos fans are espetially lacking in better things to do) and look on the bright side. Let's move forward.
The truth is we need to see out this season and perform well. We have a semi-decent side that should be adequate enough to upset a few parties and scrape top 8 if we can keep a squad fit. But we need cover for half back and forwards, which we are struggling to get. Somebody will crop up but I doubt they will be of any quality. But when you look at how last season went I would be happy with slow progress, which I think is what we will see over the coming years. Don't let fools wind you up because they have nothing better to do than bad mouth everyone else (you will find Leeds utd and Rhinos fans are espetially lacking in better things to do) and look on the bright side. Let's move forward. marklee88
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10:42am Wed 5 Dec 12

Videoref says...

Well, Martin Gleeson has served his ban now, hasn't got a club as far as I'm aware and can play stand off and centre-might make good cover for us if he were to'fit in' here. Wouldn't be big money signing at the moment due to recnt history
Well, Martin Gleeson has served his ban now, hasn't got a club as far as I'm aware and can play stand off and centre-might make good cover for us if he were to'fit in' here. Wouldn't be big money signing at the moment due to recnt history Videoref
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