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The UK?s most successful Rugby Club, Bradford Bulls, are back in training and the message coming out of Odsal is that they are bigger, fitter and stronger than ever!! Bulls Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Martin Clawson, the man behind the Bulls incredible fitness last season, which saw them become the most successful club in Britain, is delighted with the way the players have reacted to their end of season break.
?The Coaching Staff are delighted with the way the players have come back with exactly the right frame of mind and that is a great step for us because we are looking for another step up this year. The players are very switched on to the fact that we need to improve on last season and many of them are even excelling what I feel is required of them.
Rob Parker is looking exceptionally good as is Jamie Langley. He has come back bigger than ever and even the rest of the players are impressed with the way he is looking. He is 17st 6 lbs, very lean cut and he is training the house down.?
One young player tipped for big things is youngster Chris Bridge and he is Martin?s ?Project? for the season.
?He is my special project for next year and he is responding very well. He?s certainly coming up with the goods and I have to give a special mention to another young player, Ben Western. Ben has come back with a superb attitude and he is going great guns so far.?
?Toa Kohe-Love has slotted in really well. He is a bit behind the other players because of his shoulder rehabilitation but he is probably about three weeks ahead of where he was expected to be at this stage of his recuperation. Paul Johnson has just jumped straight in with both feet. He has really impressed everyone with his skilful agility and his attitude and I am sure he will be a big player for us next year. Lee Radford too is impressing everyone despite the fact that he was late for training last week because he had to straighten up his Christmas Tree!!! He burnt off the field in the hill running and is looking really impressive.?
The Bulls other recruit, Logan Swann together with Michael Withers, Shontayne Hape, Joe Vagana, Lesley Vainikolo and Tevita Vaikona are all in the Antipodes but have their own training programmes and are working well.