Bradford Bulls: Brett Kearney wouldn’t half fancy filling in at pivot

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Full back Brett Kearney may have to switch positions during the course of the season, with the Bulls squad not as big as in previous seasons Full back Brett Kearney may have to switch positions during the course of the season, with the Bulls squad not as big as in previous seasons

Brett Kearney says he would have no qualms about being pushed into the halves if required this season.

The Bulls full back enjoyed an outstanding 2012 campaign, weighing in with 15 tries and eight assists as well as proving an assured presence in defence.

But the potential absence of scrum half Luke Gale at the start of the season has raised the prospect of Kearney playing alongside Jarrod Sammut at half back.

Gale is recovering from ankle surgery and battling to be fit for the season-opener against Wakefield on February 3, yet Kearney has no concerns about switching position.

That could leave Jamie Foster, Michael Platt and Elliot Kear in line to temporarily fill the full back role should Kearney be deployed as one of coach Francis Cummins’ two pivots.

Kearney said: “Playing in the halves is a possibility and it doesn’t worry me at all.

“I enjoy playing there and I’ve done it plenty of times before.

“It’s not my strongest position but I’ll be working hard with Franny during the off-season to make sure that, if called upon to play that role, I’ll be quite capable of doing it and doing it well for the team.

“Our squad isn’t as deep as it was last year, and I’ll probably have to take a bit more on board, which I’m looking forward to doing.

“It’s going to be interesting to see how the team pans out at the start of the season and how Franny sets us up.

“Sometimes through the season I’ll have to do that.

“We’d be very lucky to get through the year without a few injuries.

“Before we know it the season will be here and it will be game on. It’s coming round that quick.”

Kearney is also looking forward to help nurture rookie full back Curtis Naughton as he bids to make the grade in Super League.

Naughton has been promoted into the first-team squad along with fellow teenagers Sam Wood and Oliver Roberts.

Kearney added: “I’ve heard some fantastic things about Curtis and his game.

“As we get more into the technical side of things, I look forward to working with him and seeing if I can help him at all.

“To have a good young full back coming through the ranks, it will keep me nice and sharp.

“I want to improve every year. When I stop wanting to improve, that’s when it’s time to hang up the boots.”

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8:26am Wed 2 Jan 13

vikings hack hunt says...

Its a no brainer and will be Frannys thinking all along, It does not take a rocket scientist.
Its a no brainer and will be Frannys thinking all along, It does not take a rocket scientist. vikings hack hunt
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9:55am Wed 2 Jan 13

beardedclam says...

A very poor player, average at best.
A very poor player, average at best. beardedclam
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10:07am Wed 2 Jan 13

bully4us says...

Do not reply to fools. Resist and they will go away!
Do not reply to fools. Resist and they will go away! bully4us
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10:25am Wed 2 Jan 13

franklyn says...

Is it really true? naughton, wood & roberts have been promoted to the first team squad. dont think we have heard that. GOOD reporting T&A glad you're keeping us up to speed with news from odsal.
SURELY if there's nothing to report, dont say anything,rather than keep repeating the same thing day after day.
Is it really true? naughton, wood & roberts have been promoted to the first team squad. dont think we have heard that. GOOD reporting T&A glad you're keeping us up to speed with news from odsal. SURELY if there's nothing to report, dont say anything,rather than keep repeating the same thing day after day. franklyn
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11:46am Wed 2 Jan 13

fraternise says...

You're being a bit over critical there frank...it's only Jan 2nd of a New Year...the players are away with their families until today....last year there was very little news until the start of the season..
You're being a bit over critical there frank...it's only Jan 2nd of a New Year...the players are away with their families until today....last year there was very little news until the start of the season.. fraternise
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12:30pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Reading Bullette says...

franklyn wrote:
Is it really true? naughton, wood & roberts have been promoted to the first team squad. dont think we have heard that. GOOD reporting T&A glad you're keeping us up to speed with news from odsal.
SURELY if there's nothing to report, dont say anything,rather than keep repeating the same thing day after day.
Instead of jumping to the gun and criticising- as usual- why not read the site on a daily basis; then you wont miss anything from October.
http://www.thetelegr
aphandargus.co.uk/sp
ort/sportbulls/99776
62.Trio_get_chance_t
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[quote][p][bold]franklyn[/bold] wrote: Is it really true? naughton, wood & roberts have been promoted to the first team squad. dont think we have heard that. GOOD reporting T&A glad you're keeping us up to speed with news from odsal. SURELY if there's nothing to report, dont say anything,rather than keep repeating the same thing day after day.[/p][/quote]Instead of jumping to the gun and criticising- as usual- why not read the site on a daily basis; then you wont miss anything from October. http://www.thetelegr aphandargus.co.uk/sp ort/sportbulls/99776 62.Trio_get_chance_t o_break_into_big_tim e_with_Bradford_Bull s/ Reading Bullette
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12:52pm Wed 2 Jan 13

vikings hack hunt says...

She got your number pal
She got your number pal vikings hack hunt
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5:22pm Wed 2 Jan 13

franklyn says...

Reading Bullette wrote:
franklyn wrote:
Is it really true? naughton, wood & roberts have been promoted to the first team squad. dont think we have heard that. GOOD reporting T&A glad you're keeping us up to speed with news from odsal.
SURELY if there's nothing to report, dont say anything,rather than keep repeating the same thing day after day.
Instead of jumping to the gun and criticising- as usual- why not read the site on a daily basis; then you wont miss anything from October.
http://www.thetelegr

aphandargus.co.uk/sp

ort/sportbulls/99776

62.Trio_get_chance_t

o_break_into_big_tim

e_with_Bradford_Bull

s/
read it every day. thats how i know we are just seeing same report virtually every day with a different photo and heading.
there is nothing new to report at the moment. we all know fingers are crossed that gale will be fit for start of season, but if not they will just have to do without him.they managed it for much of last season.
just hope the injury curse doesn't strike the team as it has in recent seasons, or they could be in trouble with such a small squad.
[quote][p][bold]Reading Bullette[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]franklyn[/bold] wrote: Is it really true? naughton, wood & roberts have been promoted to the first team squad. dont think we have heard that. GOOD reporting T&A glad you're keeping us up to speed with news from odsal. SURELY if there's nothing to report, dont say anything,rather than keep repeating the same thing day after day.[/p][/quote]Instead of jumping to the gun and criticising- as usual- why not read the site on a daily basis; then you wont miss anything from October. http://www.thetelegr aphandargus.co.uk/sp ort/sportbulls/99776 62.Trio_get_chance_t o_break_into_big_tim e_with_Bradford_Bull s/[/p][/quote]read it every day. thats how i know we are just seeing same report virtually every day with a different photo and heading. there is nothing new to report at the moment. we all know fingers are crossed that gale will be fit for start of season, but if not they will just have to do without him.they managed it for much of last season. just hope the injury curse doesn't strike the team as it has in recent seasons, or they could be in trouble with such a small squad. franklyn
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7:24pm Wed 2 Jan 13

vikings hack hunt says...

You see and you repeat what has already been posted numerous times too so its not just the t and a.
You see and you repeat what has already been posted numerous times too so its not just the t and a. vikings hack hunt
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