Another day, another signing as Sammut commits future to Bradford Bulls (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Another day, another signing as Jarrod Sammut commits future to Bradford Bulls
Jarrod Sammut has become the latest player to commit his future to the Bulls after signing a new two-year contract.
The versatile Australian, who arrived from Crusaders on a one-year deal last winter, put pen to paper yesterday and will now look to claim the stand-off berth left vacant by Ben Jeffries’ retirement.
Sammut endured a stop-start debut campaign at Odsal, suffering cruel luck with injuries, but ended it on a high with four tries during the final-round defeat to Catalan Dragons in Perpignan.
Now the 25-year-old Malta international wants to become a first-team regular and form a partnership with scrum half Luke Gale.
“I’ve got a chance to establish myself as the regular number six now,” said Sammut.
“I didn’t get the chance to play with Galey as much as I would have liked but that’s something that we will be working on in pre-season.
“Hopefully we can form a partnership to be reckoned with next year.”
Sammut had attracted interest from a number of other Super League clubs but said his first choice was always to stay with the Bulls.
He added: “When you know your future is secure, you feel a lot more settled and at ease.
“It’s great to get something finalised and put pen to paper.
“I did have a few other options, which is always good to have up your sleeve, but my priority was always to stay at Bradford.
“Long-term, I wouldn’t mind maybe going back to Australia and playing in the NRL but I’m settled here and England is my home.
“I really enjoy playing in Super League and now I’ve signed a contract extension I’m looking forward to helping us getting back to being the dominant force we once were.”
Bulls coach Francis Cummins said: “Jarrod is one of those players who can do things that others can’t.
“We’ve sat down and addressed other parts of his game and I think he’s ready to step up now.
“That’s what I’ll need from him but he showed at the back end of the year that he can definitely contribute.
“Jarrod’s challenge now is to produce the good on a regular basis because he definitely has the talent.”
The RFL have again classed Sammut as federation-trained and his new contract is subject to him obtaining a working visa.
The report into the investigation into the Craig Kopczak affair has been sent to the Bulls and the RFL are understood to be hoping that a settlement is agreed with Huddersfield for the player’s services.
As yet, no suitable offer has been made by the Giants.
The Bulls, meanwhile, will provide the opposition for Danny McGuire’s testimonial on Sunday, January 20 with a 3pm kick-off at Head-ingley.
The Bulls will also play Dewsbury in what are likely to be their only two pre-season fixtures ahead of the 2013 campaign.
Meanwhile, the latest fans forum will be held in the Coral Stand next Friday (October 26) with a 7pm start.