Boots 'n' All: Bradford Bulls will be bounce back stronger

Last Updated: 18/09/13 8:41pm

The Bulls started of the 2013 season on fire but they faded away and finished just outside the play-offs. Problems off the field re-emerged as rumours surfaced about a lack of money and players not being paid, but John Kear is confident that there are better times ahead for Bradford.

"They will keep on growing and get better all the time," said Kear on Boots 'n' All.

"They are fully aware of the financial constraints with the central funding - they have identified their recruits for next year and have already got them on board. I have no doubt that preseason training will start virtually as the Grand Final finishes so that they can start next season very, very strong.

"The challenge on the field for Francis Cummins and his team will not to only start well - until Easter this year they were the shock team of the Super League - but the key is to start well and maintain that consistency to the very end to ensure that they are in the play-offs."

"Live within your means, grow from the bottom upwards and not from the top downwards. If we do that then our game will have a future for a long time to come, it won't happen if you do it the other way around,"

Paul Cullen

Paul Cullens says that other teams must learn from the mistakes Bradford have made if they want to build solid futures.

"For me it is that on-going lesson that the Bulls are learning," explained Kear.

"The current Bulls are obviously paying the price for the mistakes of others in previous administrations. But the lessons are very simple and clear: You have to live by your means. You have got to cut your cloth accordingly - they didn't before and the results were there for all to see.

"We can't ever go back to the Bradford Bulls - one of the leading lights of our game - begging other supporters and other chairman of other clubs to give them money to keep them afloat, to pay players they should never have had to play against them - it was a ridiculous scenario.

"This current crop are not going there, they are cutting their cloth accordingly. I think it is a lesson not only for them but for everybody else. Live within your means, grow from the bottom upwards and not from the top downwards. If we do that then our game will have a future for a long time to come, it won't happen if you do it the other way around."