Hot Bradford Bulls prospect Curtis Naughton gambles on move to NRL

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: MONEY MATTERS: Curtis Naughton says he could not afford to stay in Bradford on his current Bulls wage MONEY MATTERS: Curtis Naughton says he could not afford to stay in Bradford on his current Bulls wage

Curtis Naughton has set his sights on a career in the NRL after quitting the Bulls despite having two years left on his contract.

The highly-rated full back is moving to Australia with his mother and said that up to six NRL clubs had shown an interest in snapping him up.

Naughton progressed through the junior ranks at Bradford and made an impressive Super League debut during the final-day home win over Huddersfield.

But he has since resigned from the club and will fly out to Australia on October 13, although the Bulls will retain his contract should he wish to return to Super League in the next two years.

Naughton, who was handed a three-year full-time professional deal 12 months ago, admits he is taking a gamble by moving Down Under.

The 18-year-old from Dewsbury said: “My mum started talking about emigrating to Australia halfway through the season and I thought she was joking at first, but then she put the house up for sale.

“I started to think about where I would live if I stayed here and it put me under a lot of stress, which affected my rugby midway through the season.

“I made the decision at the back end of the season to move to Australia with her because we are very close and she has raised me on her own really.

"I spoke to Franny (Cummins) and we agreed that it was best for me to go because I can’t afford to live here on my own and the Bulls told me I wasn’t worth any more money than what I was on.

“It was a bit gutting because I’ve spent a large part of my life at Bradford, coming through the scholarship and academy and showed a lot of loyalty to the club.

A Super League contract is a big thing to give up but I’ll be giving it my all to make it in Australia and that’s all anyone can ever ask of you.”

Naughton’s mother will be based in Canberra but he may live in Sydney or on the Gold Coast depending on which club he secures a contract with.

The former Shaw Cross amateur explained: “I’ve got an Australian agent and he’s sent videos of me playing for the Academy and in the Super League game against Huddersfield to several NRL clubs.

“There are quite a few teams who want to make me an offer, and they have already offered accommodation, so I’ll go out there and hopefully get a club sorted within a couple of weeks.

“It’s upsetting in one sense because I’m leaving behind a lot of my friends and family – my girlfriend, dad, elder brother and especially my nan – but I’m sure I’ll find new mates and that my family will come and visit me.”

Bulls coach Francis Cummins admitted he was unwilling to sanction a pay rise that may have kept the teenager at the club.

Cummins said: “We have a defined pay structure in place whereby players get paid what we feel they are worth.

“But I wish Curtis nothing but the best and I hope he makes the grade in Australia.”

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7:48am Wed 2 Oct 13

flashdonut says...

If Luke George is worth more than this kid, then my season ticket wont be purchased.
If Luke George is worth more than this kid, then my season ticket wont be purchased. flashdonut
  • Score: 14

8:01am Wed 2 Oct 13

Bull4eva says...

flashdonut wrote:
If Luke George is worth more than this kid, then my season ticket wont be purchased.
See ya later then. Loyal fan I see. How about not being petty and get behind the club as a whole. Idiot!
[quote][p][bold]flashdonut[/bold] wrote: If Luke George is worth more than this kid, then my season ticket wont be purchased.[/p][/quote]See ya later then. Loyal fan I see. How about not being petty and get behind the club as a whole. Idiot! Bull4eva
  • Score: -5

8:10am Wed 2 Oct 13

Solomon Grundy says...

Good luck to him.
Good luck to him. Solomon Grundy
  • Score: 20

8:12am Wed 2 Oct 13

oddshapedballs says...

Big shame he looked good and kearney wont be here forever
Big shame he looked good and kearney wont be here forever oddshapedballs
  • Score: 20

8:12am Wed 2 Oct 13

oddshapedballs says...

Big shame he looked good and kearney wont be here forever
Big shame he looked good and kearney wont be here forever oddshapedballs
  • Score: 13

8:17am Wed 2 Oct 13

AdeyG'man says...

He's not worth more. One game againsr a weak Giants team isn't enough to make him a an £80, 000 prospect. I hope he does make it in the NRL but we're not in a position to buy houses and cars for under-19 players. We can't keep everyone!
He's not worth more. One game againsr a weak Giants team isn't enough to make him a an £80, 000 prospect. I hope he does make it in the NRL but we're not in a position to buy houses and cars for under-19 players. We can't keep everyone! AdeyG'man
  • Score: 4

8:26am Wed 2 Oct 13

flashdonut says...

AdeyG'man wrote:
He's not worth more. One game againsr a weak Giants team isn't enough to make him a an £80, 000 prospect. I hope he does make it in the NRL but we're not in a position to buy houses and cars for under-19 players. We can't keep everyone!
Everyone! EW, Burgess x3, Kopz, McAvoy, Cockerham, Naughton, Wardle. The list goes on. Addy and Donno are good but we need to keep these lads. This is not a new problem. Leon, Bridge, Atkins, JP & Fielden. Ferres, Patrick, Flanaghan.
[quote][p][bold]AdeyG'man[/bold] wrote: He's not worth more. One game againsr a weak Giants team isn't enough to make him a an £80, 000 prospect. I hope he does make it in the NRL but we're not in a position to buy houses and cars for under-19 players. We can't keep everyone![/p][/quote]Everyone! EW, Burgess x3, Kopz, McAvoy, Cockerham, Naughton, Wardle. The list goes on. Addy and Donno are good but we need to keep these lads. This is not a new problem. Leon, Bridge, Atkins, JP & Fielden. Ferres, Patrick, Flanaghan. flashdonut
  • Score: 16

9:27am Wed 2 Oct 13

theviking62 says...

I think you are all missing the point, we hold his registration, so if he comes back to UK , he's ours. If you read this right, he has been touted in OZ for a while, prior to signing new contract at Bulls. He has got an Aussie agent, which proves that it's not a sudden decision. You can't blame the club, they have a pay structure to work to, to break it for one young player, would cause untold trouble with the others. I think RHP says it all, here,

Bulls CEO Robbie Hunter – Paul said:
“Curtis is a very talented player but we have very specific family values at the Bulls and we would not want to stand in his way of moving with his family to Australia. Curtis has agreed that should he return to the UK the Bulls will have the first option to re-sign him and we wish him very success for the future.”
I think you are all missing the point, we hold his registration, so if he comes back to UK , he's ours. If you read this right, he has been touted in OZ for a while, prior to signing new contract at Bulls. He has got an Aussie agent, which proves that it's not a sudden decision. You can't blame the club, they have a pay structure to work to, to break it for one young player, would cause untold trouble with the others. I think RHP says it all, here, Bulls CEO Robbie Hunter – Paul said: “Curtis is a very talented player but we have very specific family values at the Bulls and we would not want to stand in his way of moving with his family to Australia. Curtis has agreed that should he return to the UK the Bulls will have the first option to re-sign him and we wish him very success for the future.” theviking62
  • Score: 10

10:56am Wed 2 Oct 13

Solomon Grundy says...

It's worth pointing out that other clubs are suffering this same phenomena too by the way, the Rhinos were very upset when two of their academy players jumped ship to head down under just the same. It is part of life now for English RL, the money in the NRL is way greater and the lifestyle down there is a tad warmer than here, I'm told.
It's worth pointing out that other clubs are suffering this same phenomena too by the way, the Rhinos were very upset when two of their academy players jumped ship to head down under just the same. It is part of life now for English RL, the money in the NRL is way greater and the lifestyle down there is a tad warmer than here, I'm told. Solomon Grundy
  • Score: 6

11:49am Wed 2 Oct 13

Lythambull says...

Couldn't care less. Hope he makes the grade as he's a nice enough lad but really what have we lost? He's played one first team game against a weak team.
If he'd wanted to stay he would have found a way to make it happen. He wants to try it in the NRL, fair play but id bet the mortgage he'll be back playing in the uk before he's 22.
Couldn't care less. Hope he makes the grade as he's a nice enough lad but really what have we lost? He's played one first team game against a weak team. If he'd wanted to stay he would have found a way to make it happen. He wants to try it in the NRL, fair play but id bet the mortgage he'll be back playing in the uk before he's 22. Lythambull
  • Score: -2

1:56pm Wed 2 Oct 13

raisemeup says...

The only consolation is that our club seems to be the most prolific in growing the talent for Australia..ie The Burgess phenomenon with 3 of them having been developed at the Bulls also.

It's an adventure the lad can't afford to miss, and who knows he may come back to us like Jamie Peacock did, and give us the service of a well rounded player. So let's just wish him well, like we did with the Burgess brothers, who opened up a few doors for the Bulls in the publicity stakes, see the double centre page spot in the Mirror, for proof of that statement.
The only consolation is that our club seems to be the most prolific in growing the talent for Australia..ie The Burgess phenomenon with 3 of them having been developed at the Bulls also. It's an adventure the lad can't afford to miss, and who knows he may come back to us like Jamie Peacock did, and give us the service of a well rounded player. So let's just wish him well, like we did with the Burgess brothers, who opened up a few doors for the Bulls in the publicity stakes, see the double centre page spot in the Mirror, for proof of that statement. raisemeup
  • Score: 4

8:18pm Wed 2 Oct 13

axlef1963 says...

The lads emigrating with his family who can blame the lad for wanting to go with them.as for it being a problem at the bulls that players leave to join other clubs get real.its an open market out there and young players have to move to improve there chances of first team rugby.or do they wait around for years hoping for a chance that in reality may never come if there position is well covered.good luck to the lad and COYB
The lads emigrating with his family who can blame the lad for wanting to go with them.as for it being a problem at the bulls that players leave to join other clubs get real.its an open market out there and young players have to move to improve there chances of first team rugby.or do they wait around for years hoping for a chance that in reality may never come if there position is well covered.good luck to the lad and COYB axlef1963
  • Score: 1

10:03am Thu 3 Oct 13

flashdonut says...

axlef1963 wrote:
The lads emigrating with his family who can blame the lad for wanting to go with them.as for it being a problem at the bulls that players leave to join other clubs get real.its an open market out there and young players have to move to improve there chances of first team rugby.or do they wait around for years hoping for a chance that in reality may never come if there position is well covered.good luck to the lad and COYB
His is not going with his family. He is going with his Mum only. He is leaving behind most of his family. Saying that, good luck to him.
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But t s not an 'open maret'. There's things called contracts. Fielden, Nobby even, Burgess x2, EW, Kopz.
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We get pushed about. Leeds wouldnt lose that many academy kids mid contract. Could you imagine Sinfield, Bailey or Hall walking out on Leeds? Would never happen.
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[quote][p][bold]axlef1963[/bold] wrote: The lads emigrating with his family who can blame the lad for wanting to go with them.as for it being a problem at the bulls that players leave to join other clubs get real.its an open market out there and young players have to move to improve there chances of first team rugby.or do they wait around for years hoping for a chance that in reality may never come if there position is well covered.good luck to the lad and COYB[/p][/quote]His is not going with his family. He is going with his Mum only. He is leaving behind most of his family. Saying that, good luck to him. . But t s not an 'open maret'. There's things called contracts. Fielden, Nobby even, Burgess x2, EW, Kopz. . We get pushed about. Leeds wouldnt lose that many academy kids mid contract. Could you imagine Sinfield, Bailey or Hall walking out on Leeds? Would never happen. . flashdonut
  • Score: 0

2:06pm Thu 3 Oct 13

fraternise says...

flashdonut wrote:
axlef1963 wrote:
The lads emigrating with his family who can blame the lad for wanting to go with them.as for it being a problem at the bulls that players leave to join other clubs get real.its an open market out there and young players have to move to improve there chances of first team rugby.or do they wait around for years hoping for a chance that in reality may never come if there position is well covered.good luck to the lad and COYB
His is not going with his family. He is going with his Mum only. He is leaving behind most of his family. Saying that, good luck to him.
.
But t s not an 'open maret'. There's things called contracts. Fielden, Nobby even, Burgess x2, EW, Kopz.
.
We get pushed about. Leeds wouldnt lose that many academy kids mid contract. Could you imagine Sinfield, Bailey or Hall walking out on Leeds? Would never happen.
.
Have to disagree there donut ,Leeds lost two academy players this year, and they made more of a fuss than we did..but it didn't alter the outcome, which is the same for the Bulls, so your previous post which seems to suggest we could keep him, if our terms were better is not a feasible argument! Also citing the loss of past players doesn't really say we are a less attractive club than others. We haven't done too bad in attracting a few good players as well.
So be like me, don't worry about the things you can't change and enjoy life as it is, not as we would like it to be. It's always your choice to decide on what you will do? So come on you Bulls, see you next season flash!
[quote][p][bold]flashdonut[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]axlef1963[/bold] wrote: The lads emigrating with his family who can blame the lad for wanting to go with them.as for it being a problem at the bulls that players leave to join other clubs get real.its an open market out there and young players have to move to improve there chances of first team rugby.or do they wait around for years hoping for a chance that in reality may never come if there position is well covered.good luck to the lad and COYB[/p][/quote]His is not going with his family. He is going with his Mum only. He is leaving behind most of his family. Saying that, good luck to him. . But t s not an 'open maret'. There's things called contracts. Fielden, Nobby even, Burgess x2, EW, Kopz. . We get pushed about. Leeds wouldnt lose that many academy kids mid contract. Could you imagine Sinfield, Bailey or Hall walking out on Leeds? Would never happen. .[/p][/quote]Have to disagree there donut ,Leeds lost two academy players this year, and they made more of a fuss than we did..but it didn't alter the outcome, which is the same for the Bulls, so your previous post which seems to suggest we could keep him, if our terms were better is not a feasible argument! Also citing the loss of past players doesn't really say we are a less attractive club than others. We haven't done too bad in attracting a few good players as well. So be like me, don't worry about the things you can't change and enjoy life as it is, not as we would like it to be. It's always your choice to decide on what you will do? So come on you Bulls, see you next season flash! fraternise
  • Score: 4

10:36am Fri 4 Oct 13

axlef1963 says...

flashdonut wrote:
axlef1963 wrote:
The lads emigrating with his family who can blame the lad for wanting to go with them.as for it being a problem at the bulls that players leave to join other clubs get real.its an open market out there and young players have to move to improve there chances of first team rugby.or do they wait around for years hoping for a chance that in reality may never come if there position is well covered.good luck to the lad and COYB
His is not going with his family. He is going with his Mum only. He is leaving behind most of his family. Saying that, good luck to him.
.
But t s not an 'open maret'. There's things called contracts. Fielden, Nobby even, Burgess x2, EW, Kopz.
.
We get pushed about. Leeds wouldnt lose that many academy kids mid contract. Could you imagine Sinfield, Bailey or Hall walking out on Leeds? Would never happen.
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come on were in the real world.contracts in sport are just a piece of paper that means sod all.people will move when they want to and at the end of the day if some body wants to move let them.that counts in any business.why are some people on this site obsessed with young players moving on it happens at every other club and will for years to come.the main reason for players moving is money then silverware its a sort career so that's life and live with it. coyb
[quote][p][bold]flashdonut[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]axlef1963[/bold] wrote: The lads emigrating with his family who can blame the lad for wanting to go with them.as for it being a problem at the bulls that players leave to join other clubs get real.its an open market out there and young players have to move to improve there chances of first team rugby.or do they wait around for years hoping for a chance that in reality may never come if there position is well covered.good luck to the lad and COYB[/p][/quote]His is not going with his family. He is going with his Mum only. He is leaving behind most of his family. Saying that, good luck to him. . But t s not an 'open maret'. There's things called contracts. Fielden, Nobby even, Burgess x2, EW, Kopz. . We get pushed about. Leeds wouldnt lose that many academy kids mid contract. Could you imagine Sinfield, Bailey or Hall walking out on Leeds? Would never happen. .[/p][/quote]come on were in the real world.contracts in sport are just a piece of paper that means sod all.people will move when they want to and at the end of the day if some body wants to move let them.that counts in any business.why are some people on this site obsessed with young players moving on it happens at every other club and will for years to come.the main reason for players moving is money then silverware its a sort career so that's life and live with it. coyb axlef1963
  • Score: 1

12:51pm Fri 4 Oct 13

flashdonut says...

Folk keepig belating about it happens at other clubs. Tell me which academy kid walked out at Leeds or Saints?
Folk keepig belating about it happens at other clubs. Tell me which academy kid walked out at Leeds or Saints? flashdonut
  • Score: -2

3:17pm Fri 4 Oct 13

axlef1963 says...

leeds have just lost two of there academy players to the nrl .wigan are losing first team players ie Tomkins and mossop its going to happen as the exchange rate is good and theres a lot of money in the game in Australia.chill out what will be will be COYB
leeds have just lost two of there academy players to the nrl .wigan are losing first team players ie Tomkins and mossop its going to happen as the exchange rate is good and theres a lot of money in the game in Australia.chill out what will be will be COYB axlef1963
  • Score: 2

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