IT’S been all change at Bradford Bulls for Super League XVI, with a new head coach in Mick Potter and a total of TEN new senior signings.
And with two wins from their opening four fixtures – and a heartbreaking controversial last-ditch defeat to Leeds Rhinos in the opening-day of the season in Cardiff – it looks as if Potter could already be working some magic.
Bradford were always going to be affected by the departure after just one season of star Australian scrum half Matt Orford, who failed to settle in the country.
But they have certainly replaced him with some impressive personnel.
Leading the way are former Leeds hooker Matt Diskin, St Helens prop Bryn Hargreaves, Catalans back-rower Olivia Elima and Hull KR centre Chev Walker.
They have also brought in two quality overseas signings in utility back Patrick Ah Van from New Zealand Warriors and Canberra half-back Marc Herbert.
Obviously, with so many new arrivals, it’s going to take the new-look Bulls a bit of time to gel.
But having demolished Wakefield 40-18 at Odsal on Sunday, things are starting to fall into place.
MICK POTTER has returned to Bradford Bulls as head coach in 2011, having previously been the assistant to Matthew Elliott at Odsal for four years until 1999.
The former State of Origin full-back then returned to his native Australia to gain more coaching experience before he was appointed as head coach of Catalans Dragons in 2006.
Within a year he had taken the French side to a Challenge Cup final, and the following season he was named Coach of the Year.
Potter then moved to St Helens and took them to consecutive Super League Grand Finals before taking up a two-year contract with the Bulls last November.
IT came as a real shock when Bradford Bulls announced the capture of Matt Diskin from arch rivals Leeds Rhinos late last year.
The 29-year-old hooker was still at the very top of his game at Headingley, often guiding the team around the field.
But now the former Yorkshire, England and Great Britain ace is doing exactly the same role at Bradford – a role he will no doubt carry out with a tremendous amount of success.