Why do you think it is better that he is not playing? Is it not cutting off your nose to spite your face? Surely he will put the effort in as he will want to be in the shop window, which will benefit Bulls.
I don't buy this 100% committed point, otherwise the club wouldn't be loaning players like Blythe.
Personally I'd want him earning his salary.
I suppose, but unlike some other confirmed departures throughout the league, he said he didn't want to be at Bradford anymore and the club weren't progressing how he'd like, in a way I liken it to Hock's situation with Wigan (from the outside obviously). He wants to move and I think his comments will make it too difficult to work with day to day.
Yes, Evans was in the press last week saying he'd be raring to go when he returns to Warrington, or words to that affect, but he and Blythe want to play first team and since coming to Bradford have had nothing but praise - which you can take with a pinch of salt, but Whitehead has gone against that - those loanees are prepared to come here each day. It's become clear Whitehead isn't.
I guess maybe the gardening leave could be revoked after more discussions, but I've no problem with Cummins only using players who want to be at the club. To an extent the loanees are emergency loans due to the faff last season, but Francis believed those players had to characteristics he was looking for. Often he says he won't go out and get anyone, they have to have the right attitude, etc. This could be guff, it could be genuine, it's measured against anything else he's said in his tenure, including the point about commitment.