Bradford play again in administration

Bradford will play a sixth match in administration after the Super League club's protracted takeover talks dragged on for another week.

Cummins looking to positive future

Bradford coach Francis Cummins is starting to look to the future after gaining positive news on the club's bid to secure new owners.

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Walker to stick with Bulls

Former Great Britain centre Chev Walker has agreed a new 12-month contract with relegated Bradford.

Chev Walker signs 12-month contract with relegated Bulls
Chev Walker signs 12-month contract with relegated Bulls Credit: Press Association

Walker, 31, who played for Leeds and Hull KR before arriving at the Provident Stadium in 2010, is the seventh player to be retained for the Bulls' Championship campaign in 2015 and, with several additions, takes coach James Lowes' squad up to 13.

For me, firstly, it is a matter of paying the club back for the faith showed in me to begin with. And, secondly, it is about helping Bradford back into Super League - where they belong. I have already declared how much I love the place and am looking forward to what should be an exciting journey.

– Chev Walker

Walker, who now plays in the pack, has been out for a month with a hand injury but is hoping to make a return to action before the end of the season.

Before picking up his hand injury, Chev had certainly found some form and was looking really good. Chev is a very strong individual who offers our team a huge amount and it is great to have him secured for next season. He is vastly experienced and has performed at the top of the sport in a number of different scenarios. He will act as a real leader for us next year, guiding some of our younger recruits in what will be an exciting, yet challenging Championship campaign.

– James Lowes, Bradford Bulls coach

Donaldson signs for Robins

Forward James Donaldson has become the latest player from relegated Bradford to secure his Super League future by signing a two-year deal with Hull KR.

James Donaldson who has signed for Hull KR
James Donaldson who has signed for Hull KR Credit: Press Association

The 22-year-old second rower will link up with the Robins in November and becomes their fourth new recruit for 2015 following the addition of Wigan centre Darrell Goulding and overseas duo Ken Sio and Josh Mantellato.

Rovers coach Chris Chester said: "James is exactly the sort of player that we want to bring to the club in that he is young, hungry and works very hard at his game.

"He's got a good engine on him, he plays big minutes and he doesn't miss many tackles so he'll be a great fit for us."

A former England schoolboy international, Cumbria-born Donaldson has racked up close to 70 Super League appearances for the Bulls since making his debut in 2009.

"I feel like I've progressed a lot over the last few years but I know I've got a lot more to give and I feel the best place to do that is at Hull Kingston Rovers," he said.

"I've been at Bradford for seven years now and I needed a new challenge. I'm ready to be taken out of my comfort zone and hopefully something fresh will spark me up.

"I'll be working with new players, new coaches and new ideas, it's a totally

clean start for me to come here and I can't wait for it."

Donaldson is the fourth Bradford player to confirm his departure following their relegation to the Championship. Manase Manuokafoa is staying in Super League with Widnes, while Jamal Fakir and Brett Kearney are returning to France and Australia respectively.


Henry commits to relegated Bulls

Bradford's New Zealand-born centre Adam Henry is to stay on with the relegated Super League club.

The 23-year-old former Sydney Roosters player, who has made 23 appearances in his first season in England, has signed a new 12- month deal and becomes the 11th confirmed member of coach James Lowes' squad for their 2015 Championship campaign.

"I am really pleased to be staying because I love it here," said Henry. "The club wanted me to stay and the main thing for me was Jimmy (Lowes).

"He has put a lot of faith in me and pretty much played me every week since taking over as coach. That was the main reason why I chose to stay, as he is backing me all the way.

"In addition to that, our supporters have been very welcoming and I would like to thank them for all the love they have shown me since I joined the Bulls."

Half time at Headingley


The sides are level at the interval after an error strewn first half, Mitch Achurch scoring for the home side


HALF-TIME: @leedsrhinos 4-4 @officialbullsrl. A good opening half from James Lowes' side. It's going to be all to play for after the break!

Bulls sign Fleming in preparation for Championship

Castleford front-row forward Dan Fleming has become Bradford's first new signing for their Championship campaign.

Dan Fleming is the Bull's first signing
Dan Fleming is the Bull's first signing Credit: Bradford Bulls

The 22-year-old Wales international has signed a two-year deal with the relegated Super League club and will join them at the end of the season.

Dan is a talented young forward with bags of potential and we are delighted to have him on board. I believe he can have a good future here at the Bulls. He certainly has all of the necessary attributes to go far. He has had experience as an international and in the Super League and Championship, which will prove very beneficial.

– James Lowes, Bradford Bulls coach

Fleming, a former Bulls scholarship player who joined Castleford from Halifax, has been playing on a dual-registration at York after making just four substitute appearances in Super League this year.

I would like to wish Dan all the best in his future career. He has been a pleasure to work with and I am confident he will continue to mature into a quality prop in the future. His opportunities would have been limited next season and playing in the Championship whilst remaining full-time is perfect for Dan.

– Daryl Powell, Castleford Tigers coach

Fleming is the first new face for the Bulls, who have also announced the re-signing of current players Lee Gaskell and Dale Ferguson.


Bradford Bulls vs Catalan Dragons team news


BULLS: Kearney, Williams, Henry, Purtell, Blythe, Gaskell, Gale, Manuokafoa, Diskin, Sidlow, Pitts, Olbison, Donaldson #BELONG


DRAGONS STARTING LINE-UP: Escare, Oldfield, Pomeroy, Duport, Millard, Pryce, Williams, Elima, Henderson, Lima, Taia, Whitehead, Baitieri

Williams joins Bulls on loan

Credit: PA

Bradford have signed Salford winger Danny Williams on a one-month loan deal. The 27-year-old winger has made the move in time to be considered by Bulls coach James Lowes for their First Utility Super League encounter against Catalan at Odsal on Sunday.

Williams, who has scored three tries in nine appearances for the Red Devils in 2014, is thrilled to have sealed a temporary move to the West Yorkshire club and is relishing the fight for a first-team place.

He said:

"I am looking forward to making the most of this opportunity, Bradford is a big club and I am thankful to be a part of it."

"It looks as though I will be battling against my parent club as the Bulls fight for Super League survival.

"And as much as I want Salford to do well, I am a Bradford player now and I want to do my very best for the club."

Williams, capped twice by England in 2006, joined Salford in 2011 after stints with Leeds, Castleford, Hull, Hull KR and rugby union side Newcastle Falcons.

Bulls take points fight to high court

Bradford Bulls are to challenge a points deduction imposed by the Rugby Football League in the High Court.

Bulls to fight points deduction
Bulls to fight points deduction Credit: Press Association

Six points were deducted earlier this year when the club went into administration and an appeal was rejected by a Sporting Sanctions Appeal Panel.

The panel ruled the club has not met the necessary requirements for an appeal to be fully considered.

But after taking advice, the Bulls have now decided to pursue legal action against the RFL.

A spokesperson for the club's board of directors said: "The advice which the club has received is positive and, as a consequence of that indication, it is the club's intention to pursue what are considered to be appropriate legal remedies.

"The decision to do so has not been made lightly and will be continually reviewed to ensure that any action taken is beneficial to the club, players, partners, supporters and the sport as a whole."

The Bulls sit second bottom of the Super League and could be relegated if their form does not improve.

This week they *appointed former Leeds Carnegie boss *James Lowes as a replacement for Francis Cummins who was sacked earlier this month.

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