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Bradford Telegraph and Argus: MERRY CHRISTMAS: James Donaldson is looking forward to spending time with his family in Cumbria but can’t wait for the season to start MERRY CHRISTMAS: James Donaldson is looking forward to spending time with his family in Cumbria but can’t wait for the season to start

James Donaldson is not complaining about the Bulls’ inactivity over the festive season.

Coach Francis Cummins has opted not to play the traditional Boxing Day fixture at Castleford and has instead given his squad 11 days off between Christmas and New Year.

The Bulls will play just two friendlies before the Super League opener at home to Wakefield on February 3.

They face Dewsbury Rams away on January 13 before a trip to Leeds for Danny McGuire’s testimonial seven days later.

The opportunity to head home and spend time with family and friends is welcomed with open arms by Cumbrian Donaldson.

“It’s been a bit of a nightmare these past few years,” said the highly-regarded back-rower.

“I’ve had to travel to Cumbria on Christmas Eve, have my Christmas dinner and then travel back down on Christmas Day to get a good night’s sleep for the Boxing Day game.

“It would be nice to go and spend some quality time with my family now I’ve got a lot of nieces and nephews.

“I’m looking forward to a nice big family Christmas.”

The 21-year-old can fill in at loose forward or second row but says he is more bothered about being on the pitch rather than positions.

Donaldson is gearing up for a big campaign after an injury-ravaged 2012 campaign which saw his season ended by a serious knee injury in February.

He added: “I’ll play back row, loose forward, wherever they want to put me.

“We’ll see what happens when the season starts.

“I feel fine and my fitness is going great. It’s good to be back into things.

“I just can’t wait for the season to come round now. You work so hard during pre-season and you just want the games to come.

“There is a good spirit among us and we’re all sticking together like we did last year.

“Hopefully, we can carry that through to the new season now.”

 

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9:02am Mon 24 Dec 12

nosher says...

Fingers crossed for you James. After a bright start to your career, you have had to get over a couple of severe injuries. Good luck son. COYB
Fingers crossed for you James. After a bright start to your career, you have had to get over a couple of severe injuries. Good luck son. COYB nosher

9:29am Mon 24 Dec 12

Prycey says...

He was one of the most promising young forwards around two years ago before his terrible luck with injury. If he gets back to full fitness it will be like having a new signing. He does appear to have bulked up a little when I saw him the other week. He and Purtell will be welcome returnees to the squad. Yes we have a small squad but we do have some quality that we can build on in the next few seasons. I will be delighted if we finish 8th next season after nearly losing the club after 35 years of watching them. After next season we will be getting our full money from the RFL and OK will hopefully have Odsal making money from other ventures other than just 13 games a year and Franny may then have the full cap to spend again. Patience is the key next year, slowly but surely does it!
He was one of the most promising young forwards around two years ago before his terrible luck with injury. If he gets back to full fitness it will be like having a new signing. He does appear to have bulked up a little when I saw him the other week. He and Purtell will be welcome returnees to the squad. Yes we have a small squad but we do have some quality that we can build on in the next few seasons. I will be delighted if we finish 8th next season after nearly losing the club after 35 years of watching them. After next season we will be getting our full money from the RFL and OK will hopefully have Odsal making money from other ventures other than just 13 games a year and Franny may then have the full cap to spend again. Patience is the key next year, slowly but surely does it! Prycey

10:01am Mon 24 Dec 12

kitman says...

Hope James has a injury free season, been a fan i have not seen him play a lot since the 2009 season,the last 3 years most have been a nightmare for James and the club due to is bad luck. As far James career at the Bulls goes i think he most play at least 20 games this year or he could playing his rugby up in Cumbria in the future .
Hope James has a injury free season, been a fan i have not seen him play a lot since the 2009 season,the last 3 years most have been a nightmare for James and the club due to is bad luck. As far James career at the Bulls goes i think he most play at least 20 games this year or he could playing his rugby up in Cumbria in the future . kitman

10:05am Mon 24 Dec 12

JAtkinson says...

Looking forward to seeing him, JB and some others of our home grown crop on the pitch this year.
Looking forward to seeing him, JB and some others of our home grown crop on the pitch this year. JAtkinson

11:02am Mon 24 Dec 12

Mumby was the best says...

He does need a change of luck, he has so much promise and at the start of last season looked to be fulfilling it.
Like Kitman says it could be his last chance at this level, especially if he is prone to these injuries and he has to look at how such serious injuries will affect him in later life.
He does need a change of luck, he has so much promise and at the start of last season looked to be fulfilling it. Like Kitman says it could be his last chance at this level, especially if he is prone to these injuries and he has to look at how such serious injuries will affect him in later life. Mumby was the best

11:43am Mon 24 Dec 12

Blackie-Lawless says...

would like to see him get a run at 13, he has a good running game and can pass a ball too, so if he can stay fit then i think he will be good for us this year.
would like to see him get a run at 13, he has a good running game and can pass a ball too, so if he can stay fit then i think he will be good for us this year. Blackie-Lawless

12:18pm Mon 24 Dec 12

Shipley Paul says...

Clarkey on Sky tipped him 2 years ago to be an international player, and if he stays injury free, he has all the qualities to succeed. Fingers crossed but James has his age on his side. He is a quality player.
Clarkey on Sky tipped him 2 years ago to be an international player, and if he stays injury free, he has all the qualities to succeed. Fingers crossed but James has his age on his side. He is a quality player. Shipley Paul

2:25pm Mon 24 Dec 12

mdn says...

Prycey wrote:
He was one of the most promising young forwards around two years ago before his terrible luck with injury. If he gets back to full fitness it will be like having a new signing. He does appear to have bulked up a little when I saw him the other week. He and Purtell will be welcome returnees to the squad. Yes we have a small squad but we do have some quality that we can build on in the next few seasons. I will be delighted if we finish 8th next season after nearly losing the club after 35 years of watching them. After next season we will be getting our full money from the RFL and OK will hopefully have Odsal making money from other ventures other than just 13 games a year and Franny may then have the full cap to spend again. Patience is the key next year, slowly but surely does it!
We won't be getting full sky money til 2015 season. 650k deduction next year and 600k deduction in 2014.
[quote][p][bold]Prycey[/bold] wrote: He was one of the most promising young forwards around two years ago before his terrible luck with injury. If he gets back to full fitness it will be like having a new signing. He does appear to have bulked up a little when I saw him the other week. He and Purtell will be welcome returnees to the squad. Yes we have a small squad but we do have some quality that we can build on in the next few seasons. I will be delighted if we finish 8th next season after nearly losing the club after 35 years of watching them. After next season we will be getting our full money from the RFL and OK will hopefully have Odsal making money from other ventures other than just 13 games a year and Franny may then have the full cap to spend again. Patience is the key next year, slowly but surely does it![/p][/quote]We won't be getting full sky money til 2015 season. 650k deduction next year and 600k deduction in 2014. mdn

4:44pm Mon 24 Dec 12

Prycey says...

I wasn't aware of that mdn. It does seem unfair to the new owners. We will have to make the best of it for two seasons.
I wasn't aware of that mdn. It does seem unfair to the new owners. We will have to make the best of it for two seasons. Prycey

5:42pm Mon 24 Dec 12

fraternise says...

Prycey wrote:
I wasn't aware of that mdn. It does seem unfair to the new owners. We will have to make the best of it for two seasons.
Still don't know how they are getting away with it ?
They will still expect us to put on a SKY game at full cost to the Bulls but with only half the compensation?

But we can ask them to leave at half time I suppose?????
[quote][p][bold]Prycey[/bold] wrote: I wasn't aware of that mdn. It does seem unfair to the new owners. We will have to make the best of it for two seasons.[/p][/quote]Still don't know how they are getting away with it ? They will still expect us to put on a SKY game at full cost to the Bulls but with only half the compensation? But we can ask them to leave at half time I suppose????? fraternise

8:42pm Mon 24 Dec 12

vikings hack hunt says...

Shipley Paul wrote:
Clarkey on Sky tipped him 2 years ago to be an international player, and if he stays injury free, he has all the qualities to succeed. Fingers crossed but James has his age on his side. He is a quality player.
Clarke is the worst pundit in history and Wigan biased beyond belief.
[quote][p][bold]Shipley Paul[/bold] wrote: Clarkey on Sky tipped him 2 years ago to be an international player, and if he stays injury free, he has all the qualities to succeed. Fingers crossed but James has his age on his side. He is a quality player.[/p][/quote]Clarke is the worst pundit in history and Wigan biased beyond belief. vikings hack hunt

8:56am Tue 25 Dec 12

Ever positive says...

vikings hack hunt wrote:
Shipley Paul wrote:
Clarkey on Sky tipped him 2 years ago to be an international player, and if he stays injury free, he has all the qualities to succeed. Fingers crossed but James has his age on his side. He is a quality player.
Clarke is the worst pundit in history and Wigan biased beyond belief.
Clarkie is ok, not like Stevo with all his stock phrases:- well I never, wasn't it ever, the big fellah,the little fellah, terra firma, the first stanza, second stanza, the coach should do this and that (why wasnt Stevo a coach, like some pundits on here) . He never analyses a game, whereas Clarke talks sence and uses diferent words every time to sum up a match. Sky ouldnt do bad having a clean sweep and kicking Stevo out of his job.
[quote][p][bold]vikings hack hunt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shipley Paul[/bold] wrote: Clarkey on Sky tipped him 2 years ago to be an international player, and if he stays injury free, he has all the qualities to succeed. Fingers crossed but James has his age on his side. He is a quality player.[/p][/quote]Clarke is the worst pundit in history and Wigan biased beyond belief.[/p][/quote]Clarkie is ok, not like Stevo with all his stock phrases:- well I never, wasn't it ever, the big fellah,the little fellah, terra firma, the first stanza, second stanza, the coach should do this and that (why wasnt Stevo a coach, like some pundits on here) . He never analyses a game, whereas Clarke talks sence and uses diferent words every time to sum up a match. Sky ouldnt do bad having a clean sweep and kicking Stevo out of his job. Ever positive

10:14am Tue 25 Dec 12

vikings hack hunt says...

Will give you 2 words "margin metre"
Will give you 2 words "margin metre" vikings hack hunt

10:59am Wed 26 Dec 12

theviking62 says...

" Hack " in what context are you using it, FAKE. The search for Viking gold or having a go at the t n a Journos.

I have two words for you, but as a gent I won't print them.

Back to Rugby. Phil Joseph, is now on trial at Widnes, so good luck to him. James D, has All the makings of a top class forward, but given the last two seasons, I believe he will be used more from the bench than starting. If he does play from starting, it should be as loose forward, allowing Jamie L, to be used off the bench as prop, back rower.
" Hack " in what context are you using it, FAKE. The search for Viking gold or having a go at the t n a Journos. I have two words for you, but as a gent I won't print them. Back to Rugby. Phil Joseph, is now on trial at Widnes, so good luck to him. James D, has All the makings of a top class forward, but given the last two seasons, I believe he will be used more from the bench than starting. If he does play from starting, it should be as loose forward, allowing Jamie L, to be used off the bench as prop, back rower. theviking62

6:57am Thu 27 Dec 12

vikings hack hunt says...

Just say my name fast :-p
Just say my name fast :-p vikings hack hunt

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