The 2022 Championship for the Bradford Bulls has been dismal to say the least.
Sitting in ninth with just nine wins from 21 games, the West Yorkshire club cannot qualify for the Championship play-offs, meaning a reduction in central funding with a lowly position in the table.
Despite veteran boss John Kear’s departure a number of months ago, there hasn’t been that much of an upturn in form under new head coach Mark Dunning, but Bradford reporter The Game Caller has identified a whole load of recruitment to be done at Odsal for 2023 – which also means a lot of departures out of the club, too.
“There’s been mistakes in the recruitment,” The Game Caller said on The Full Eighty Minutes podcast.
“Look at the body language of the players and who is talking to who on the field.
“Barrow away, there were arguments over the field, fans don’t want to see that. That points to no harmony in the dressing room.
“Mark Dunning has got one hell of a task moving forward. I know quite a lot of the players are moving on next year so there will be wholesale change.
“I think there will be a minimum of 16 players through the door and with 16 going out you need to bring 13, 14, 15 or 16 in.”
That has also meant that a number of Super League players will join Dunning’s side for 2023.
“I am aware of a couple of Super League players who have joined. Don’t be thinking high end but young Super League players who will be given an opportunity at Bradford.”
It remains to be seen who those players will be, but Dunning and the whole board at Odsal have a major rebuilding job to do given the disappointment of 2022.