Bradford Bulls appoint new coach

Francis Cummins Credit: PA

Francis Cummins says he is ready to make the step up to the role of head coach after being appointed as the successor to Mick Potter at Bradford Bulls. Cummins, who was recommended for the job by Potter after he opted to return to Australia, was unveiled at a press conference hosted by the club's new owner Omar Khan and honorary chairman Gerry Sutcliffe. The former Leeds winger has been given a three-year contract and, at 35, he will become the youngest in Super League when Trent Robinson leaves Catalan Dragons at the end of next month. The former Ireland and Great Britain international cut his coaching teeth as an assistant at Leeds before being appointed as Potter's number two at Odsal at the start of the 2010 season.

Cummins enjoyed a one-club career with Leeds, for whom he made 356 appearances from 1993 to 2005, and also won three caps for Great Britain, before retiring at the age of 29 to go into coaching. Along with Potter, Cummins worked without pay for the last three months of the season after being made redundant by the administrator in early July.