With the takeover of the Club now approved by the sport’s governing body The RFL, things are moving forward both on and off the pitch.
Season ticket sales are progressing nicely towards the target of 6,000 and the Club continues to diversify into non-rugby events such as Monster Trucks, firework displays, musical tribute nights and Christmas parties, giving it a much needed additional income during the off season.
Let’s focus on what’s been happening on the pitch now that the squad is back in training…
Working Towards ‘An Ultimate Team’
Preparations for the new season have begun in earnest with Head Coach Francis Cummins laying down his mantra of 100% commitment to the cause, something which is fundamental to his five year plan to build the ‘ultimate team’.
Most players heeded the strict orders to come back from their close-season break in good physical condition and the ‘appliance of science’ by Head of Strength & Conditioning, Tom Clough, alongside advice from newly appointed nutritionist, Ed Tooley, who has vast experience in an array of sports outside rugby is helping to hone the squad’s physical fitness to maximum potential.
Lee Gaskell and Gareth Carvell, new recruits not on World Cup duty, have had the chance to meet their team mates and the whole squad’s first day back at full training was spent giving something back to the Bradford Community that helped save the Club at its lowest point in 2012.
A day helping at the Immanuel Project for homeless and vulnerable people helps to fulfil Cummins’ intention for the players to improve themselves as people as well as rugby professionals.
Young talent John Bateman’s departure for Wigan, together with fan’s favourite Heath L’Estrange’s decision to move back home to Australia with his new family, came as a surprise. However, Wales’ World Cup star Elliot Kear has signed a contract extension and Cummins is constantly on the lookout for new talent, performing his scouting duties at the World Cup (RLWC13) which is now in its Quarter Final Stages.
Keeping The Dream Alive
The Bulls’ very own Danny Addy featured for Scotland in the first knock out stage of the RLWC13 against New Zealand – an incredible achievement for the Bravehearts who were consensus no-hopers before the tournament! Unfortunately, Dale Ferguson missed out due to a two match ban.
The other quarter-finals were England v France, Samoa v Fiji and Australia v USA . Sadly, Kear’s Welsh Dragons valiant efforts came to nothing as they were defeated in all three group games.
Whilst the Rugby season hasn’t officially started yet, there’s plenty going on to keep fans entertained. Meanwhile, the Bulls are looking to the new season and a fresh start with anticipation.