Kaufusi could return to Bradford Bulls

Antonio Kaufusi could return to the Bradford Bulls in the coming weeks, after head coach Francis Cummins admitted the deal wasn’t “dead in the water”.

The Huddersfield Giants prop returned to his parent club earlier this week, after opting against extending his loan deal with the Bulls. However, Cummins was hopeful of the deal rearing its head again in the future.

“We wanted to extend that, and I don’t think it’s dead in the water. However, a few things have got to happen before he comes back in the future,” Cummins said.

“Antonio is going back there to try sort a few things out; if he can get back in their first team then that’ll be that. I’m not saying the deal is dead in the water, but we’d like to think something could happen a week or two down the line.”

The departure of Kaufusi leaves the Bulls a prop light, but Cummins isn’t tempted to throw youngster Sam Bates – who has just signed a new contract with the club – in at the deep end just yet.

He said: “Sam’s not far away, but we need to think of the bigger picture. He’s had a couple of injuries and has had a rough couple of weeks, so he won’t play this week.”

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