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matt newsholme

Member Since 26 Nov 2007
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In Topic: Bulls' administration rumbles on.

Yesterday, 11:18 PM

Simple choice really. If you find it too expensive, don't come.

In Topic: Bulls' administration rumbles on.

03 March 2015 - 01:49 PM

No danger of the bulls getting dragged into this is there?


This is more to do with how old holding company is liquidated. Don't think there will be any repercussions for current holding company and club. As others have said may shed some light on rfl's involvement in whole affair.

In Topic: 2015 - Middle 8 Predictions

10 January 2015 - 01:26 PM

Above the Wakefield of last season or the upcoming one. Bradford are not the only club who have strengthened their squad.
I will say Lucas Walshaw has the potential to be a star for the Bulls.

Above wakefields current squad. Tim smiths only notable addition IMO. Bradford have strengthened across the board.

In Topic: 2015 - Middle 8 Predictions

09 January 2015 - 07:05 PM

I have to disagree. Kearney Donaldson Gale manoukafoa George Diskin and Kear would all get in this year's Bradford side.
of the additions Paul Clough yeah, when he plays. seijka couldn't get in Wakefield's squad, Bradford will be the third SL side Luauki steals a living from, Pitts has shown promise but never been able to claim a place in an SL side, the rest are SL reserves or journeymen Australia.
Bradford certainly have better balance but man for man I can't agree they are stronger.
As a Bradford fan, you put that squad in SL, are you looking at anything but bottom?


Gale, manuokafoa and George certainly wouldn't get in. Diskin got displaced by our current hooker back end of last year and was definitely showing his age before that. Kears only one I forgot who might get in.

We certainly wouldn't come bottom if this years squad was in SL. Above wakefield for certain and maybe one or two others as well.

In Topic: 2015 - Middle 8 Predictions

09 January 2015 - 03:40 PM

Bradford's record last year versus the 4 teams above them:
 
Played 8, Won 3, Average score 19 v 30
 
We won't look at London's record! :biggrin:


Thing to bear in mind about Bradford last year was we played vast majority of our games with only 1 or 2 props available. As a consequence we were on back foot in most games. Also we were reliant to a certain extent on loan players who invariably were recalled as soon as they started to settle into team.

Anyone that thinks we aren't stronger next year than last is deluding themselves. We've retained majority of our SL strongest 17 and bulk of additions are SL level players. We have 30man squad to rotate as opposed to 24 man one we had last year. 7 genuine props in the rotation as opposed to last years 2 or 3. Only real player of note we lost who we'd have liked to keep was Kearney, possibly Donaldson too at a stretch.

Winning is a habit and we should be going into middle 8 having won majority of our games. Teams at bottom of SL will be in losing habit having lost majority of there's. There's no salary cap gap between Leigh,Bradford and London and wakey who have openly said they are only spending around 1million. There own coach has said in press they don't have a big enough squad to compete in SL. Cas have lost several key players and are an unknown quantity and hull fc are trying yet another halves combo. Don't think it's anything like foregone conclusion some people are making out.