James Donaldson will leave with Bradford Bulls' best wishes

DONALDSON: Bulls exit

DONALDSON: Bulls exit

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JIMMY Lowes admits he is disappointed to lose James Donaldson but has wished him all the best for his impending move to Hull KR.

Donaldson has progressed through the ranks at Bradford but will end his six-year spell when he joins the Robins on a two-year deal.

The Cumbrian back-rower turned down an offer from the Bulls to stay at Odsal as he was keen to continue in Super League.

Head coach Lowes said: “I’m pretty disappointed but I understand why James has gone, of course.

“The lads have got to make a decision based on their own feelings and thoughts and he’s certainly a player I wanted to keep.

“But he’s been open and honest about what his aspirations are and you’ve got to respect that.

“I respect him as a bloke and he’s made the switch to Hull Kingston Rovers, so good luck to him. I hope he does well and fulfils all his ambitions and goals.”

Former Hull KR player Dave Petersen looks set to be a straight replacement for Donaldson at loose forward next year when he arrives on a one-year deal from Queensland Cup outfit Mackay Cutters.

“We wanted to keep James, who is unquestionably a good player with some great attributes, but we’ve got Dave coming in now,” added Lowes.

“That wasn’t to replace James but to challenge him. However, we are pleased with how our squad is coming together but also respect the wishes of those who want to move on.”

Lowes, who said he expected to complete his recruitment by the start of pre-season, admitted that Elliot Kear’s future at the club was uncertain.

The Wales winger, who has spent the past three seasons with the Bulls, went on trial with Aviva Premiership outfit London Welsh last weekend and scored a try in their 64-0 win at Henley.

Lowes added: “Elliot asked if he could go down there for a bit of a trial at London Welsh, who got promoted last season as I well know from my time with Leeds Carnegie.

“He asked permission to do that and that’s fine. If it ends up coming off then it would be a fantastic move for him.”

The Bulls are back in action at home to Hull on Sunday and Lowes said: “We’re looking forward to it.

“Having last weekend has freshened the lads up and they’ve had a couple of tough days’ training. We’re ready to crack on again now.”

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9:48am Fri 15 Aug 14

Bone_idle18 says...

I don't blame him for going, but I can't help thinking he'd learn a load more from Jimmy Lowes than Chris Chester.
I don't blame him for going, but I can't help thinking he'd learn a load more from Jimmy Lowes than Chris Chester. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 8

9:59am Fri 15 Aug 14

bulls916uk says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
I don't blame him for going, but I can't help thinking he'd learn a load more from Jimmy Lowes than Chris Chester.
I disagree Bone. Although a huge Bulls fan and ever bigger Jimmy fan, Chris Chester will be an excellent coach and he was also a second row/back row forward not a hooker and a good one at that.

He will learn a lot from Chris C
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: I don't blame him for going, but I can't help thinking he'd learn a load more from Jimmy Lowes than Chris Chester.[/p][/quote]I disagree Bone. Although a huge Bulls fan and ever bigger Jimmy fan, Chris Chester will be an excellent coach and he was also a second row/back row forward not a hooker and a good one at that. He will learn a lot from Chris C bulls916uk
  • Score: -3

10:56am Fri 15 Aug 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

Hull KR are putting together a decent squad for next season that although will not threaten the top 4 will be strong enough to keep them in SL.

Regardless of who is the better coach it comes down to the fact that Donno has been offered the chance to carry on playing in the SL and has taken it.
Hull KR are putting together a decent squad for next season that although will not threaten the top 4 will be strong enough to keep them in SL. Regardless of who is the better coach it comes down to the fact that Donno has been offered the chance to carry on playing in the SL and has taken it. fedupwiththeBS
  • Score: 2

11:36am Fri 15 Aug 14

vbfg says...

Shame for them that they lost Hodgson to Canberra. With him and Donaldson KR's defence would have been a tough nut to crack.
Shame for them that they lost Hodgson to Canberra. With him and Donaldson KR's defence would have been a tough nut to crack. vbfg
  • Score: 2

12:48pm Fri 15 Aug 14

theviking62 says...

All the best James. KR always seem to " put together " a good squad, season after season, but then do nothing. Next season, won't be any different, to what has gone before, they'll still be in the the mix for relegation play offs next year.
All the best James. KR always seem to " put together " a good squad, season after season, but then do nothing. Next season, won't be any different, to what has gone before, they'll still be in the the mix for relegation play offs next year. theviking62
  • Score: 2

2:17pm Fri 15 Aug 14

bully4us says...

There are going to be at least 6 SL clubs next year fearful of finishing in that bottom four. I would put KR along with Wakey and WIdnes as "very possible" bottom four clubs. There are clearly 5-6 clubs who will be in the top eight - guaranteed. the rest will be looking over their shoulders.
Any of the bottom four will not relish playing the likes of Bulls, Leigh, London , Fev and Fax in a one off especially if they are away from home. I think watching the championship might be more interesting than watching the so predictable SL at the moment. Bulls fans might actually start to enjoy games again that mean something as the last 8 years for us have been drudgery as we have not challenged for anything other than trying to finish 8th.
There are going to be at least 6 SL clubs next year fearful of finishing in that bottom four. I would put KR along with Wakey and WIdnes as "very possible" bottom four clubs. There are clearly 5-6 clubs who will be in the top eight - guaranteed. the rest will be looking over their shoulders. Any of the bottom four will not relish playing the likes of Bulls, Leigh, London , Fev and Fax in a one off especially if they are away from home. I think watching the championship might be more interesting than watching the so predictable SL at the moment. Bulls fans might actually start to enjoy games again that mean something as the last 8 years for us have been drudgery as we have not challenged for anything other than trying to finish 8th. bully4us
  • Score: 5

3:19pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Bone_idle18 says...

bulls916uk wrote:
Bone_idle18 wrote:
I don't blame him for going, but I can't help thinking he'd learn a load more from Jimmy Lowes than Chris Chester.
I disagree Bone. Although a huge Bulls fan and ever bigger Jimmy fan, Chris Chester will be an excellent coach and he was also a second row/back row forward not a hooker and a good one at that.

He will learn a lot from Chris C
I'd say Jimmy has a better overall "rugby brain", but as you say, probably not the worst move.
[quote][p][bold]bulls916uk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: I don't blame him for going, but I can't help thinking he'd learn a load more from Jimmy Lowes than Chris Chester.[/p][/quote]I disagree Bone. Although a huge Bulls fan and ever bigger Jimmy fan, Chris Chester will be an excellent coach and he was also a second row/back row forward not a hooker and a good one at that. He will learn a lot from Chris C[/p][/quote]I'd say Jimmy has a better overall "rugby brain", but as you say, probably not the worst move. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 1

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