Jamie Foster at full back for Bradford Bulls opener

Jamie Foster is set to take any kicks at goal

Jamie Foster is set to take any kicks at goal

First published in Bulls Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford Bulls Reporter

Jamie Foster will make his Bulls debut at full back against Dewsbury tomorrow in what could be a trial run ahead of the new season.

The former St Helens winger has been given the nod by coach Francis Cummins to start there, with Brett Kearney set to be absent due to a minor knock.

Foster has already spoken of his willingness to play full back, with Luke Gale’s current absence possibly forcing Kearney into the halves when the season gets underway next month.

Foster, 22, confirmed: “I’m going to be starting at full back tomorrow. Franny put it to me earlier in the week and, as I stated publicly about a month ago, it’s something I’m definitely up for doing.

“I think maybe dropping me straight in there in a Super League game might have been a big ask. But playing there in the friendlies gives me a feel for it, so I can learn a few things about it and just kick on from there.”

Cummins will choose from a squad of around 20 but James Donaldson is not quite ready to be considered and Oliver Roberts may also miss out.

John Bateman, Gale, Ben Evans and Adrian Purtell remain some way off being in contention to feature but Foster and fellow newcomers Matty Blythe and Adam Sidlow should play this weekend.

Foster is set to take any kicks at goal and should start the season as the Bulls’ main kicker.

He said: “I’ve been hitting the ball probably as well as I’ve ever hit it. It’s something I’m going to target this year and hopefully get the kicking duties from Franny.

“Franny and I have not really discussed it but I’ve spoken to Galey and he’s happy with me taking it on. He understands that I’ve done all right in the past couple of years.

“It’s something I’m very keen on doing and hopefully I can help the team by knocking them over.”

The match is Dewsbury’s third pre-season outing following previous matches against Batley and Halifax.

Foster has never been to the Tetley’s Stadium before and said: “I went home the other day and had to ask my grandad where Dewsbury was.

“He said ‘they play at the Tetley’s Stadium’ – but I have no idea whatsoever where it is. I just know it’s close to Bradford!

“The pitch is probably going to be a bit heavy and a little bit slower than what we’re used to.

“I’m sure Dewsbury will be pretty aggressive and try to slow us down but you’ve just got to deal with it.

“We’ve got to make sure we get something out of the game. Okay, it’s a friendly, but we want to come away having performed. We’re treating it pretty seriously.”

Cummins will give all of his match-day squad a run-out and Foster added: “I feel good fitness-wise, so I could do 80 minutes.

“I don’t know any of Dewsbury’s players, to be quite honest, and we haven’t done any video preparation with it being a pre-season friendly.

“Franny has said that we just need to concentrate on ourselves. He knows the game so well because it wasn’t so long ago that he was playing in Super League.”

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9:07am Sat 12 Jan 13

Tricky Dicky says...

It's only a run-out and a chance for Mr Cummins to view how his training techniques and tactics play out in a 13 versus 13. The result isn't really important. It is more about cohesion, enthusiasm, motivation and team-spirit therein. The real business starts in a couple of weeks when a better appraisal can be made under competitive conditions. So, it doesn't matter who plays where and for how long. It's their attitude when they play where they do and for how long that will be under inspection. Interesting times are ahead.
It's only a run-out and a chance for Mr Cummins to view how his training techniques and tactics play out in a 13 versus 13. The result isn't really important. It is more about cohesion, enthusiasm, motivation and team-spirit therein. The real business starts in a couple of weeks when a better appraisal can be made under competitive conditions. So, it doesn't matter who plays where and for how long. It's their attitude when they play where they do and for how long that will be under inspection. Interesting times are ahead. Tricky Dicky
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6:56pm Sat 12 Jan 13

Ever positive says...

Zzzzzzzzzz Please dont state the obvious as interesting times will not be ahead if you continue with your boring comment. Perhaps sticky dicky may be a more aproprate name?
Zzzzzzzzzz Please dont state the obvious as interesting times will not be ahead if you continue with your boring comment. Perhaps sticky dicky may be a more aproprate name? Ever positive
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12:15am Sun 13 Jan 13

fraternise says...

Ever positive wrote:
Zzzzzzzzzz Please dont state the obvious as interesting times will not be ahead if you continue with your boring comment. Perhaps sticky dicky may be a more aproprate name?
A bit uncalled for your comment, seeing as you made no appraisal of your own, in your attack on something you may consider the obvious, but TD at least gave a thought process that was how we all should be thinking at the start of the campaign. Indeed if you had have spoken to any of the supporters that went to the shirt presentation last night, you may well have found that TDs appraisal was a very sensible one.
[quote][p][bold]Ever positive[/bold] wrote: Zzzzzzzzzz Please dont state the obvious as interesting times will not be ahead if you continue with your boring comment. Perhaps sticky dicky may be a more aproprate name?[/p][/quote]A bit uncalled for your comment, seeing as you made no appraisal of your own, in your attack on something you may consider the obvious, but TD at least gave a thought process that was how we all should be thinking at the start of the campaign. Indeed if you had have spoken to any of the supporters that went to the shirt presentation last night, you may well have found that TDs appraisal was a very sensible one. fraternise
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7:45pm Sun 13 Jan 13

Ever positive says...

What makes you think I was not at the shirt presentation?
What makes you think I was not at the shirt presentation? Ever positive
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12:17am Mon 14 Jan 13

fraternise says...

Ever positive wrote:
What makes you think I was not at the shirt presentation?
Sorry I assumed you weren't, mainly because you appeared to have missed the positive messages from the coach and the clubs new owners.

To attack a fellow supporter for attempting to put forward a reasoned appraisal seems not be the spirit of the current thinking at the club.

If you were there you obviously missed the point?

Still, my apologies!

As the saying goes to Assume makes an **** out of U and ME.
[quote][p][bold]Ever positive[/bold] wrote: What makes you think I was not at the shirt presentation?[/p][/quote]Sorry I assumed you weren't, mainly because you appeared to have missed the positive messages from the coach and the clubs new owners. To attack a fellow supporter for attempting to put forward a reasoned appraisal seems not be the spirit of the current thinking at the club. If you were there you obviously missed the point? Still, my apologies! As the saying goes to Assume makes an **** out of U and ME. fraternise
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9:27am Mon 14 Jan 13

VICTIMISATION says...

Foster did well but will be tested to the full against Sinfields men this week.
Foster did well but will be tested to the full against Sinfields men this week. VICTIMISATION
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10:48pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Anlaby Bantam says...

Superb signing, he was Dull FC's difference in the later part of last season.
Superb signing, he was Dull FC's difference in the later part of last season. Anlaby Bantam
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