Bulls pick up Pitts and Arundel
Bradford coach Francis Cummins is eyeing up more signings after snapping up Hull FC duo Jay Pitts and Joe Arundel in the Bulls’ battle to avoid relegation.
The bottom-of-the-table Bulls have made widespread use of the loan market so far this year after losing three players - Nick Scruton, Jarrod Sammut and Garreth Carvell - to their First Utility Super League rivals at the height of the club's financial troubles.
Now Bradford are secure under new owner Marc Green, Cummins has been promised cash to strengthen his threadbare squad but has so far only been able to make one permanent signing, France international forward Jamal Fakir following his release by Catalan Dragons.
Anthony Mullally, Liam Sutcliffe and Danny Bridge were signed on loan but have all been recalled by their parent clubs while a fourth temporary recruit, Greg Burke, dislocated a shoulder on his debut.
Clubs are allowed to have up to four players on loan at any one time and Cummins says he has other targets in mind.
"There were a few kicking around but obviously the deadline for this week was Thursday," he said. "There are other players and hopefully in the next week or so we can bring some more in.
"There are things happening now, which is good, because there was no market before Easter. Ideally you'd like to sign players for longer than this year."
Pitts, 24, a back-row forward who was previously with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Leeds Rhinos, trained with his new team-mates for the first time this morning and will go straight into the Bradford team for Sunday's Tetley's Challenge Cup fifth-round tie against Catalan at the Provident Stadium.
Pitts was a member of the Hull team that lost to Wigan Warriors in last August's Wembley final but had made just two appearances so far this year and recently played on a dual registration with Doncaster.
"I'm here as long as I'm needed and I'll work my butt off for Bradford," Pitts said. "I need to show Hull as well that I deserve to be playing week in, week out.
"The Bulls are a big club and it would be a massive shame to see them go down. We'd like to help them as much as we can to get them up the league."
Arundel, 22, who joined Hull from Castleford Tigers at the start of last season, has made just three appearances so far this year but one of them was in the fourth-round tie against Salford Red Devils and, therefore, he is cup-tied for Sunday.
"My chances were limited at Hull," said Arundel, who is set to make his Bulls debut against Warrington Wolves on Sunday week. "I've had game time at Doncaster but it's not Super League. This is a chance to get my confidence back."
Cummins said: "Jay and Joe are young, hungry and hugely talented individuals who we are extremely excited to have on board.
"I coached Jay at Leeds, so I know a fair bit about him, and Joe has a proven track record at this level. Both of them need to be playing in the sport's top flight and we are pleased to be able to provide them with opportunities to do so.
"Jay will bolster our pack - he has a great skill set which we have seen little flashes of this morning - while Joe provides much-needed competition in our threequarter line.
"Considering their ages, both Jay and Joe have an immense amount of Super League experience, which we believe will pay dividends for us on the weeks and months ahead."
Hull can recall both players after a month but coach Lee Radford is delighted to give them a chance to play Super League.
He said: "They're down the pecking order at the moment at the club and at their age they need the opportunities to get games and play.
"This is a good chance for them to show what they're about and take the opportunity and I think they'll be better for it."