Bradford Bulls full back Brett Kearney feeling great after good kicking

Brett Kearney in action against Widnes

Brett Kearney in action against Widnes

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

Brett Kearney has revealed how a “kick up the backside” from Bulls coach Francis Cummins helped him to rediscover his best form.

The Australian full back, by his own admission, made a slow start to the campaign after a close-season operation on his sternoclavicular joint, which connects the sternum and the collarbone.

He missed all three pre-season friendlies but is gradually working his way back to his best and enjoyed an outstanding game in the recent defeat at Widnes.

Kearney is ready to step up to the mark again when Bradford, buoyed by the return of fit-again Matt Diskin, Lee Gaskell and Adam Sidlow, face Salford at home tomorrow night.

“I didn’t have an off-season so I was a bit sluggish and out of position at times in the first few games,” said Kearney.

“We then hit a couple of games where we really didn’t get much ball and I was probably half a yard off.

“In the last couple of games, we’ve had some better combinations with the boys and it’s starting to feel like I am playing well.

“I could tell myself that I was a little bit off but sometimes it’s good when you speak to your coach.”

Cummins pulled Kearney aside and basically reminded him he was better than he was actually showing.

“Franny does it in a way that it’s not a kick up the backside,” explained Kearney.

“But if he’s coming to speak to me about my form, then I take it as a kick up the backside.

“I took everything he said on board and I improved the things that we spoke about.

“Along with that came the rest of my game and while they were only small things, they make a big difference.

“If one or two things start going right then the other parts of your game follow suit.

“I still don’t think I’ve hit top form and have plenty of improvement left, so hopefully that comes in the next couple of weeks and I can get a few tries on the board.”

Following their recovery from injury, Diskin, Gaskell and Sidlow were named in the Bulls’ 19-man squad for tomorrow’s visit of the Red Devils, who yesterday unveiled Iestyn Harris as their new head coach.

Anthony Mullally is available again after missing the Oldham game due to being ineligible, so Cummins is facing a number of selection dilemmas and has left Tom Olbison and Danny Bridge out of his squad altogether.

The Bulls coach paid tribute to Kearney following his recent renaissance, saying: “BK started the season really slowly after his operation and he looked out sorts and short of confidence.

“He’s had to take his time out of training sessions to practice individual stuff, such as goal-line defence, and he’s done that.

“At Hull KR he saved about three tries when he threw his body on the line, so he’s come back very strongly.

“That’s pleasing because he’s a big influence here and one of our main players.”

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8:02am Thu 10 Apr 14

Mickbull4eva says...

Best form ya joking arnt ya lol
Best form ya joking arnt ya lol Mickbull4eva
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8:22am Thu 10 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

His form has increased slightly now he is getting his wages.
His form has increased slightly now he is getting his wages. axelf1963
  • Score: -28

8:40am Thu 10 Apr 14

Down_with_the _firm aka Bullsfan says...

Tossers
Tossers Down_with_the _firm aka Bullsfan
  • Score: 20

10:08am Thu 10 Apr 14

Van Bellen's Baby says...

Come on guys, Kearney has been a consistently high quality performer in a Bulls shirt and has stayed with us through thick and thin (he could have done big things if he'd gone to Wigan). For me he is one of the finest full backs we have had at Odsal and I wonder what he might have done in our trophy winning sides of recent history.
Come on guys, Kearney has been a consistently high quality performer in a Bulls shirt and has stayed with us through thick and thin (he could have done big things if he'd gone to Wigan). For me he is one of the finest full backs we have had at Odsal and I wonder what he might have done in our trophy winning sides of recent history. Van Bellen's Baby
  • Score: 30

10:35am Thu 10 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

Not sure why 'down with the firm' is calling brett and franny that but everyone has an opinion I suppose .
Not sure why 'down with the firm' is calling brett and franny that but everyone has an opinion I suppose . axelf1963
  • Score: -20

12:23pm Thu 10 Apr 14

graz smith says...

With the players that are coming back into contention BK’s game won’t be concentrated so much on defence, we should be seeing at his best, backing up our attack.
COM’ON YOU BULLS.
With the players that are coming back into contention BK’s game won’t be concentrated so much on defence, we should be seeing at his best, backing up our attack. COM’ON YOU BULLS. graz smith
  • Score: 11

12:35pm Thu 10 Apr 14

mines a pint says...

Van Bellen's Baby wrote:
Come on guys, Kearney has been a consistently high quality performer in a Bulls shirt and has stayed with us through thick and thin (he could have done big things if he'd gone to Wigan). For me he is one of the finest full backs we have had at Odsal and I wonder what he might have done in our trophy winning sides of recent history.
Agree over all he has been consistent & we are a better team with him in it

Despite posts on other articles his best position when fully fit is at full back as he gets more time & vision Remember he played in the halves when he first arrived he & it was only when he moved to FB that he came into his own

Regarding how he would have gone in our trophy winning sides he would have struggled to replace Withers at Fb or anyone of Robbie Henry or Deacs in the halves IMO
[quote][p][bold]Van Bellen's Baby[/bold] wrote: Come on guys, Kearney has been a consistently high quality performer in a Bulls shirt and has stayed with us through thick and thin (he could have done big things if he'd gone to Wigan). For me he is one of the finest full backs we have had at Odsal and I wonder what he might have done in our trophy winning sides of recent history.[/p][/quote]Agree over all he has been consistent & we are a better team with him in it Despite posts on other articles his best position when fully fit is at full back as he gets more time & vision Remember he played in the halves when he first arrived he & it was only when he moved to FB that he came into his own Regarding how he would have gone in our trophy winning sides he would have struggled to replace Withers at Fb or anyone of Robbie Henry or Deacs in the halves IMO mines a pint
  • Score: 3

1:06pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Down_with_the _firm aka Bullsfan says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Not sure why 'down with the firm' is calling brett and franny that but everyone has an opinion I suppose .
Refer to my first comment
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Not sure why 'down with the firm' is calling brett and franny that but everyone has an opinion I suppose .[/p][/quote]Refer to my first comment Down_with_the _firm aka Bullsfan
  • Score: 2

2:29pm Thu 10 Apr 14

nosher says...

Van Bellen's Baby wrote:
Come on guys, Kearney has been a consistently high quality performer in a Bulls shirt and has stayed with us through thick and thin (he could have done big things if he'd gone to Wigan). For me he is one of the finest full backs we have had at Odsal and I wonder what he might have done in our trophy winning sides of recent history.
Good point. Best defensive full back in the last 50 years sir Keith mumby. In the recent history, withers and spruce both good in very good teams. Think bk is as good as both of them.
[quote][p][bold]Van Bellen's Baby[/bold] wrote: Come on guys, Kearney has been a consistently high quality performer in a Bulls shirt and has stayed with us through thick and thin (he could have done big things if he'd gone to Wigan). For me he is one of the finest full backs we have had at Odsal and I wonder what he might have done in our trophy winning sides of recent history.[/p][/quote]Good point. Best defensive full back in the last 50 years sir Keith mumby. In the recent history, withers and spruce both good in very good teams. Think bk is as good as both of them. nosher
  • Score: 2

2:50pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Glassjaw says...

He would be better with longer studs in his boots,he' always sat on his arse.Decent attacker but poor in defence.
He would be better with longer studs in his boots,he' always sat on his arse.Decent attacker but poor in defence. Glassjaw
  • Score: 5

2:52pm Thu 10 Apr 14

bradford_Northern says...

Absolutely agree with Nosher re. Mumby. One player who is rightly considered a legend.
Wouldn't put BK quite as good as Withers or Sproggers, but not far behind.
As VBB has stated, BK has shown loyalty through a rough few years and he should be given great credit for that. I'm sure this wasn't the team he envisioned playing in when he signed up, but he has never complained and always leads by example.
Absolutely agree with Nosher re. Mumby. One player who is rightly considered a legend. Wouldn't put BK quite as good as Withers or Sproggers, but not far behind. As VBB has stated, BK has shown loyalty through a rough few years and he should be given great credit for that. I'm sure this wasn't the team he envisioned playing in when he signed up, but he has never complained and always leads by example. bradford_Northern
  • Score: 11

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