Gerry Sutcliffe backing Bradford Bulls boss Francis Cummins to get best out of players in 2013

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Francis  Cummins has left no stone unturned in his preparations for the new season, even employing the help of opticians and nutritionists Francis Cummins has left no stone unturned in his preparations for the new season, even employing the help of opticians and nutritionists

Gerry Sutcliffe has given Francis Cummins a ringing endorsement and backed him to guide the Bulls into a bright new era in 2013.

Cummins was handed a three-year contract in September and his managerial methods have met with approval from honorary chairman Sutcliffe and club owner Omar Khan.

Sutcliffe believes the Bulls coach, whose squad returned to work today after their Christmas break, has harnessed the spirit which characterised the club during a traumatic 2012 campaign.

The Bradford South MP and former Sports Minister said: “Francis knows from his own experience of having to retire early due to injury that the career of a professional rugby league player doesn’t last forever.

“It’s a relatively short time in the spotlight and you have to maximise the time you have and do the best you can.

“Francis knows how precious it is and I think what he has said is ‘look lads, you can have a good time but if you invest in yourselves and do well it will stand you in good stead for the years that you’ve got in the game’.

“That’s a very strong message from somebody who has been through it himself.

“The spirit among the squad is evident and follows on from last year when the players and coaching staff did such a good job in difficult circumstances.

“That spirit has been harnessed by Francis and is continuing into the new season.”

Cummins has visited Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers during the off-season and is constantly on the look-out for new ideas and practices which may benefit the Bulls.

Sutcliffe added: “Francis’ whole approach is very thorough. We’ve got nutritionists and people looking at every aspect of things.

“The players have all had their eyes tested, they’ve all had full medicals and Francis has had them running up hills and mountains.

“Unlike the David Cameron version of ‘we’re all in this together’, here at the Bulls we really are all in it together and we’ve got to make sure that the club succeeds.

“They know that on the pitch they’ve got to deliver the goods to help us deliver the off-field stuff but you get that feeling of wanting to achieve from the players.”

Sutcliffe feels the club is re-engaging with the community again and added: “A few weeks ago the players met all the Provident employees in the city and it was just fantastic. They showed themselves to be great ambassadors and the Provident staff loved it.

“We’re determined to make this club part of the city and it’s working.”

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10:18am Thu 3 Jan 13

Mumby was the best says...

Wheres the comments gone? Has the T&A woke up and seen what a mess a certain poster makes the forum and taken action, I for one hope so.

By the way keep up the good work Franny COYB
Wheres the comments gone? Has the T&A woke up and seen what a mess a certain poster makes the forum and taken action, I for one hope so. By the way keep up the good work Franny COYB Mumby was the best

10:23am Thu 3 Jan 13

Sheffieldbull says...

All genuine Bulls fans should be immensely heartened by the activity taking place at Odsal since OK and GS took over. That said, we must manage our own expectations in respect of results on the field. If the team demonstrate the pride and determination they showed following our troubles last year then things will definitely turn around for us. The trophy cabinet may not be bulging in 2013 but the signs are pointing to the fact that 'the Bulls are back'.
I'm looking forward to the games at Dewsbury and our friends at LS6 - lets get behind the lads like we did last year. Here's to being back where we belong. COYBs!
All genuine Bulls fans should be immensely heartened by the activity taking place at Odsal since OK and GS took over. That said, we must manage our own expectations in respect of results on the field. If the team demonstrate the pride and determination they showed following our troubles last year then things will definitely turn around for us. The trophy cabinet may not be bulging in 2013 but the signs are pointing to the fact that 'the Bulls are back'. I'm looking forward to the games at Dewsbury and our friends at LS6 - lets get behind the lads like we did last year. Here's to being back where we belong. COYBs! Sheffieldbull

10:32am Thu 3 Jan 13

theviking62 says...

Keep up the good work, is the message to All those at Odsal. It's looking good for 2013. Will not expect pots to be broken, this season, just consolidation, building on what we have.

Hopefully, our younger players will make an impact, along with the new signings. I believe we will win more than we will loose. Finish in top eight. So let us, the true fans, help the team, by getting behind them, and make Odsal the fortress it used to be.

Mumby, one of the articles on here had FOUR posts, now only one. Does that answer your question.
Keep up the good work, is the message to All those at Odsal. It's looking good for 2013. Will not expect pots to be broken, this season, just consolidation, building on what we have. Hopefully, our younger players will make an impact, along with the new signings. I believe we will win more than we will loose. Finish in top eight. So let us, the true fans, help the team, by getting behind them, and make Odsal the fortress it used to be. Mumby, one of the articles on here had FOUR posts, now only one. Does that answer your question. theviking62

11:19am Thu 3 Jan 13

Steam Pigs says...

Happy New Year all

Why does Sutcliffe take the opportunity to badmouth the PM??

Stick to the Bulls Gerry!!!!
Happy New Year all Why does Sutcliffe take the opportunity to badmouth the PM?? Stick to the Bulls Gerry!!!! Steam Pigs

11:52am Thu 3 Jan 13

theviking62 says...

Have you ever known a politician miss a chance of scoring points. No, neither have I. On this occasion I agree with GS, Cameron's idea of Britain, isn't working. But I'll leave it there, as this is a rugby forum.

As long as everyone works/pulls together, I can only see success at Odsal, in the future. We, the fans, must get 100% behind the team. No matter what happens. We proved to one and all that we are a force to be reckoned with ( last season )I see no difference now, ok we have lost a few players, but have gone some way to replacing them. ( although I would like to see another prop, come on board ).

As I said previously, ourselves, the team, should endeavour to recreate Fortress Odsal, a place where, other teams fear to tread.

Onwards and upwards.
Have you ever known a politician miss a chance of scoring points. No, neither have I. On this occasion I agree with GS, Cameron's idea of Britain, isn't working. But I'll leave it there, as this is a rugby forum. As long as everyone works/pulls together, I can only see success at Odsal, in the future. We, the fans, must get 100% behind the team. No matter what happens. We proved to one and all that we are a force to be reckoned with ( last season )I see no difference now, ok we have lost a few players, but have gone some way to replacing them. ( although I would like to see another prop, come on board ). As I said previously, ourselves, the team, should endeavour to recreate Fortress Odsal, a place where, other teams fear to tread. Onwards and upwards. theviking62

3:56pm Thu 3 Jan 13

bully4us says...

The new era starts at Dewsbury and all Nothern / Bulls fans now need to get behind the lads.We will surprise some although we probably won't win anything.
The new era starts at Dewsbury and all Nothern / Bulls fans now need to get behind the lads.We will surprise some although we probably won't win anything. bully4us

4:29pm Thu 3 Jan 13

fraternise says...

It looks more like a team that is determined to not let themselves,or the club down...What is also good to see is the camaraderie that has developed with the supporters in the Coral stand and at recent functions
I have attended (the kids parties was a revelation (grandchildren I hasten to add))

It is something we fostered in the pre Super league days that stood us in good stead for the future years.. It's good that we are doing it again.

If Players can interact with their supporters it does two things. One the Players know they will always have the support of loyal fans > two: the fans have more empathy with the Players, and know they will always do their best for the club, in every game.

Good management is all about the people market, this is now what we have at the Bulls. It is apparent from Omar Khan, Gerry Sutcliffe and all the staff!

I can't wait until our first game.

COYB
"Pin your faith in Rugby play and stick up for your side."

It is from a poem found in 1989, and dates back to 1911.
and as seen in the 25th Anniversary booklet from the same year.
It looks more like a team that is determined to not let themselves,or the club down...What is also good to see is the camaraderie that has developed with the supporters in the Coral stand and at recent functions I have attended (the kids parties was a revelation (grandchildren I hasten to add)) It is something we fostered in the pre Super league days that stood us in good stead for the future years.. It's good that we are doing it again. If Players can interact with their supporters it does two things. One the Players know they will always have the support of loyal fans > two: the fans have more empathy with the Players, and know they will always do their best for the club, in every game. Good management is all about the people market, this is now what we have at the Bulls. It is apparent from Omar Khan, Gerry Sutcliffe and all the staff! I can't wait until our first game. COYB "Pin your faith in Rugby play and stick up for your side." It is from a poem found in 1989, and dates back to 1911. and as seen in the 25th Anniversary booklet from the same year. fraternise

5:16pm Thu 3 Jan 13

theviking62 says...

Think this says it all, about the game,






It’s has been a long time coming

Their theme songs I’ve been humming

These boys who play the game of rugby league

They are out to do their best

As they battle with the rest

So many will be injured and fatigued

But they all will keep on going

In this game you can’t be slowing

They are out to win, for all us fans out there

So go on and support your team

Keep alive this football dream

Grab your mates and watch them play the game somewhere

This mighty game they’re playing

It really goes without saying

Rugby league, the greatest game of all !



Len Newey 2012
Think this says it all, about the game, It’s has been a long time coming Their theme songs I’ve been humming These boys who play the game of rugby league They are out to do their best As they battle with the rest So many will be injured and fatigued But they all will keep on going In this game you can’t be slowing They are out to win, for all us fans out there So go on and support your team Keep alive this football dream Grab your mates and watch them play the game somewhere This mighty game they’re playing It really goes without saying Rugby league, the greatest game of all ! Len Newey 2012 theviking62

7:22pm Thu 3 Jan 13

fraternise says...

theviking62 wrote:
Think this says it all, about the game,






It’s has been a long time coming

Their theme songs I’ve been humming

These boys who play the game of rugby league

They are out to do their best

As they battle with the rest

So many will be injured and fatigued

But they all will keep on going

In this game you can’t be slowing

They are out to win, for all us fans out there

So go on and support your team

Keep alive this football dream

Grab your mates and watch them play the game somewhere

This mighty game they’re playing

It really goes without saying

Rugby league, the greatest game of all !



Len Newey 2012
Brilliant Viking.
[quote][p][bold]theviking62[/bold] wrote: Think this says it all, about the game, It’s has been a long time coming Their theme songs I’ve been humming These boys who play the game of rugby league They are out to do their best As they battle with the rest So many will be injured and fatigued But they all will keep on going In this game you can’t be slowing They are out to win, for all us fans out there So go on and support your team Keep alive this football dream Grab your mates and watch them play the game somewhere This mighty game they’re playing It really goes without saying Rugby league, the greatest game of all ! Len Newey 2012[/p][/quote]Brilliant Viking. fraternise

10:14pm Thu 3 Jan 13

VICTIMISATION says...

theviking62 wrote:
Think this says it all, about the game, It’s has been a long time coming Their theme songs I’ve been humming These boys who play the game of rugby league They are out to do their best As they battle with the rest So many will be injured and fatigued But they all will keep on going In this game you can’t be slowing They are out to win, for all us fans out there So go on and support your team Keep alive this football dream Grab your mates and watch them play the game somewhere This mighty game they’re playing It really goes without saying Rugby league, the greatest game of all ! Len Newey 2012
Jackanory what a boring bugger
[quote][p][bold]theviking62[/bold] wrote: Think this says it all, about the game, It’s has been a long time coming Their theme songs I’ve been humming These boys who play the game of rugby league They are out to do their best As they battle with the rest So many will be injured and fatigued But they all will keep on going In this game you can’t be slowing They are out to win, for all us fans out there So go on and support your team Keep alive this football dream Grab your mates and watch them play the game somewhere This mighty game they’re playing It really goes without saying Rugby league, the greatest game of all ! Len Newey 2012[/p][/quote]Jackanory what a boring bugger VICTIMISATION

9:39am Fri 4 Jan 13

theviking62 says...

Hiya FAKE, back under another name, don't deny it. How long you here for, this time. Victimisation, I really feel sorry for you, Not. If you don't like the poem, so what, you don't like the game of RL anyway. Just a pr*t that likes to annoy folk.

You see t n a he's easy to spot, so do your duty and get rid, before he starts with the insults.
Hiya FAKE, back under another name, don't deny it. How long you here for, this time. Victimisation, I really feel sorry for you, Not. If you don't like the poem, so what, you don't like the game of RL anyway. Just a pr*t that likes to annoy folk. You see t n a he's easy to spot, so do your duty and get rid, before he starts with the insults. theviking62

12:38pm Fri 4 Jan 13

VICTIMISATION says...

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