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Brett Kearney believes coaching team are getting best out of Bradford Bulls youngsters
Brett Kearney would love to see Mick Potter remain as Bulls coach beyond this season.
Odsal is awash with uncertainty as the club’s new board of directors seek to raise the cash needed to avoid entering administration.
In the interim the Bulls remain in ‘special measures’, which prevents them from registering new contracts with current players or potential new recruits.
The clock is ticking on the battle to avoid administration and the potentially devastating consequences which could leave the club’s Super League licence in jeopardy.
A total of 17 of the Bulls first-team squad are out of contract at the end of the season, along with Potter and his coaching staff.
The Bulls boss recently spoke of his desire to stay at Odsal for a third year and finish the job he has started.
When you see some of the young guys and how they’ve improved, and the way the team has improved overall, that comes from the coachingBrett Kearney
And full back Kearney – who missed Friday’s drubbing at St Helens with a hamstring strain, a match which saw Ian Sibbit break his arm – said: “I’d love to see Mick stay and continue the work he’s doing.
“He’s built a good coaching team there with Franny Cummins and Lee St Hilaire.
“I think they perform their roles really well and they’ve bonded with the players.
“When you see some of the young guys and how they’ve improved, and the way the team has improved overall, that comes from the coaching.
“You don’t just improve from nowhere. It would be great to see Mick stay for another year.
“I suppose that if new investment is found then whoever comes in as the new powers that be are going to want things their way. It’s going to be an interesting time.”
Kearney, who is not out of contract at the end of the season, says a solution to the Bull’s financial crisis must be found soon.
He said: “Obviously at this time of year you start to hear of a few signings. Things are happening now and clubs are talking to players.
“They have their deadlines when they are allowed to speak but there are people hovering around and getting an idea of what boys at this club are wanting to do.
“You can’t leave it until the last minute, otherwise there could be a situation like a couple of years ago when we were just trying to build some sort of squad and not a strong squad like we want to.”
Meanwhile, the Bulls have revealed that second-row forward Sibbit did break his arm in Friday night’s defeat at St Helens. Potter had feared the worst in the wake of the 54-0 mauling and yesterday’s news confirmed the outcome.
Bulls football manager Stuart Duffy said: “It’s another blow for the club and for Ian, who has been champing at the bit to get back on the field.
“He had an operation yesterday and is expected to miss the next 12 weeks.”
Sibbit was playing only his second game since injuring his shoulder at Castleford in round two of the season.