3rd January 2018, 16:14
KEAR TO WORK CLOSELY WITH BASTIAN AND BRADFORD ACADEMY
Since taking the helm of the Bradford Bulls prior to Christmas, John Kear made it evident that he will work closely with Head of Youth, John Bastian to uphold Bradford’s thriving academy.
Kear, sponsored by Bradford Bulls Banter, will split his time between the first team and Bradford’s successful academy, helping to uphold the Bulls’ reputation of producing home grown talent.
“It is the right way to do things. I think that it has been proven in the past and there is plenty more to come. The training facilities they have at their disposal are second to none,” said Kear.
“The opportunities are endless and what we provide them with on a coaching front and a lifestyle are second to none as well.”
Head of Youth, John Bastian will work side by side with the former England Head Coach for the benefit of the talented youngsters in the academy set-up, as they begin to progress to first grade rugby.
“All they have to do is impress John by working hard, have the right attitude and application, train well and perform well,” said Bastian
“Ultimately, I know John will want them to enjoy what they are doing, they are those type of people that love playing rugby.”
Kear selected 9 home grown talents to play in the pre-season opener against Halifax RLFC on Boxing Day, as the side clinched their first victory ahead of the new season.
Two of whom caught the attention of Kear, Brandon Pickersgill and Rowan Milnes, sponsored by Red Amber and Black, and the Erby Family respectively. Pickersgill featured for the full 80 minutes at full back, whilst Milnes came off the bench to make his debut for the side.
“I thought that Brandon Pickersgill was really good, I thought that he showed great maturity with his defensive organisation, he was faultless under the high ball and he came into the line and caused problems when he did that.
“Rowan is a very skilful young man and there are high hopes for him here. Halifax was a good start for him, we’ll probably see more of him in the other preseason games as he fights for a starting shirt. He should be very happy with his 20 minutes out there on Boxing Day.
“We have got to buy into it as a club, the fans have got to buy into it and back these young lads. When they are playing they are well worth getting down to Odsal to watch.
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