Morrison concentrates on ‘crucial’ job at Rams as Lowes talks to Bulls

Former Bradford Bulls player Glenn Morrison.
Former Bradford Bulls player Glenn Morrison.
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Dewsbury Rams’ Glenn Morrison says he has had no contact from Bradford Bulls about the vacant head coach’s role at his former club.

The Australian, 38, has been touted as a potential replacement for Francis Cummins who was sacked by the relegation-threatened outfit on Monday.

Morrison, the second-row who was a huge fans favourite at Odsal between 2007 and 2009, has been a revelation in his first season in charge at Championship club Dewsbury.

He sees his future there having signed a new deal until the end of 2016 only earlier this month but said: “My name’s been tossed up (at Bradford) which is nice to hear as I’m really passionate about the Bulls.

“I’d love to get them back up where they should be but I’m at the Rams now, have a contract here and a big job, too, to keep developing us to where we need to be. With five clubs getting relegated from the Championship this year it is a crucial season.

“There’s been no approach from Bradford so, as far as I’m concerned, it’s business as usual.”

Another Bradford legend, however, has been given permission to open talks with the former Super League champions.

Leeds Carnegie initially made it known their head coach James Lowes was off limits but acquiesced yesterday following representations from the former Great Britain hooker who was so integral to Bradford’s success in the early days of Super League.

“Following our statement regarding the speculation linking James Lowes to the vacant head coach’s position at Bradford Bulls we can confirm that James has since asked the club for permission to speak with Bradford and we therefore have reluctantly agreed to his request,” said Leeds chairman Sir Ian McGeechan.

Meanwhile, caretaker player-coach Matt Diskin – who used Twitter to criticise the board’s decision to axe Cummins and his assistant Lee St Hilaire – has made three changes to their 19-man squad for tomorrow night’s visit from Hull KR.

Crucially, influential Australian full-back Brett Kearney is back after a seven week lay-off with a fractured thumb while forward Jay Pitts returns following suspension and youngster Alex Mellor is also drafted in.

On-loan Hull FC player Joe Arundel, fellow centre Adam Henry and Jamie Foster are omitted for Bradford, who are eight points adrift of safety with only 11 games remaining to retain their Super League status

Hull KR also make a trio of changes with England Knights centre Kris Welham recalled after being dropped and playing for Gateshead Thunder last week, Rhys Lovegrove returning while youngster Sonny Esslemont is in line for a Super League debut.

Batley Bulldogs coach John Kear, meanwhile, is another name mentioned as Cummins’s potential successor but it is thought there has been no approach for his services so far.

Bradford managing director Steve Ferres, who will aid Diskin with team affairs, appointed Kear when he was Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ chief executive in 2006.

The ex-Hull coach came in with just six games to go and memorably helped save Trinity from relegation.

On-loan Castleford Tigers stand-off Marc Sneyd has had a transfer request rejected by parent club Salford Red Devils where he is due to return in 2015.

Castleford, among others, are keen to sign the in-form 23-year-old goal-kicker permanently.

New South Wales put an end to Queensland’s eight-year dominance in State of Origin, securing their first series win since 2005 with a 6-4 victory in Sydney yesterday.