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L'Estrange hails Potter

Joint captain delighted that head coach will remain at the Bulls

Last Updated: 05/07/12 7:40am

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Heath L'Estrange: Delighted that Mick Potter has agreed to stay

Heath L'Estrange: Delighted that Mick Potter has agreed to stay

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Bradford joint captain Heath L'Estrange praised head coach Mick Potter after he agreed to return to the club in time for Sunday's game against London Broncos.

Potter was among 16 staff made redundant on Monday in a major cost-cutting exercise by administrator Brendan Guilfoyle but he has volunteered to work without pay to prepare the team to face the Broncos.

The 48-year-old decided on his U-turn after attending a social gathering between the players and the sacked staff.

L'Estrange missed that meeting because he was with the Exiles and only discovered the news just before he ran out for last night's match against England at Huddersfield.

"I just heard," he said. "I'm really happy with that. Mick's been there all year and he's got unfinished business."

Respect

The Bradford players were unable to train on Monday for health and safety reasons and, after a day off, will report back on Thursday, when Potter's assistants Francis Cummins and Lee St Hilaire, as well as conditioner Geoff Evans, will also be offering their services for free.

"It shows what kind of people they are," L'Estrange said. "All the boys have got so much respect for those guys coming back, unpaid.

"We're a big family and whenever anyone needs anything you ring Mick, Franny or Lee and go for a coffee and a chat.

"We're tighter than ever. We just want to go out there and do it for each other and do it for the fans."

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