MICK POTTER has said it all about Bradford Bulls in 2011.
After twice watching his side throw away a 12-point lead to lose 34-30 at Castleford last Sunday to leave the Bulls’ play-off hopes in tatters, the head coach made it clear that things have to change.
Bradford have a five-point deficit to make up in their final six games to secure a top-eight finish but look ill-equipped to do so on recent evidence.
And, a result, Potter has admitted the team could be in for another off-season overhaul as a result of recent failures.
Asked immediately in the wake of the Castleford defeat whether current form will change his thinking on recruitment and retention he replied: “Yes, is the short answer.
“I’m not very positive at the moment so I’m not going to say too much. I need to address the players about it.
“We’ve got some work to do but I keep saying that every week so I’m over talking about it.”
The defeat at the Tigers was their 12th in 21 top-flight fixtures. They have also drawn two others to leave themselves 11th in the 14-team competition.
Among those losses is the 50-16 hammering at the Giants on March 13 when the victory took Huddersfield to the top of the table.
But Bradford have still been able to claim some recent notable scalps, including an 18-12 triumph at Leeds Rhinos on June 24.
EVEN though Mick Potter was named the Super League Coach of the Year during his time at Catalan Dragons four years ago, he has found it impossible to work his magic at Bradford Bulls in 2011.
There were high hopes the Australian would be able to continue the good work of his time in France and then St Helens when he arrived at Odsal.
But despite bringing in a whole host of new signings for Super League XVI, the former State of Origin full-back has found it a struggle, with the Bulls again set to miss out on making the play-offs.
BRETT KEARNEY is the Bulls main threat at full-back.
The former Cronulla Shark, who recently signed a two-year extention to stay at Bradford until 2013, played a County Origin game in the 2007 NRL season and was on his way to becoming a star Down Under.
But he broke his ankle in the opening round of the 2008 campaign and never played again for the Sydney-based club.
The Bulls then snapped him up for the 2009 Super League season on a two-year deal, where he was expected to partner Matt Orford in the halves, but the club soon shifted him back to his favoured No1 position, where he has remained ever since.
He still often comes up to help operate at first and second receiver, but his superb kick returns have become a strong point since joining the former multiple Super League champions.