Bradford Bulls ready to go in Autumn comp

Bradford Bulls coach John Kear has said the club is ready to go should the Autumn competition get the go-ahead.

A meeting took place on Friday to see whether a new format could be drawn up after just five clubs registered their interest in taking part.

Whilst waiting for the outcome, the Bulls are continuing to plan for a return to the field in 2020.

“We just have to wait and see what is decided, but I do think a competition would work with five teams,” said Kear.

“It’s a pretty simple configuration, everyone plays each other once, one team gets a bye each week. Then you have a final at the end of it and the prize money is divided accordingly.

“If the teams are willing to do that, it would be pretty easy logistically to organise.

“Plus I do think that the five teams that put their hands up and wanted to play should be rewarded.

“If we get the go-ahead our training facility is now bio-secure and we have the capability in place to test the players every week.

“We can also make the Dewsbury ground a bio-secure stadium, should the competition be approved. It is pointless us doing that yet, but that is the least difficult of the hoops to jump through, so we are ready to go if we get the go ahead.

“We just want to play and this can be our preparation for next year. If we can get four or five games under our belts now it will stand us in good stead for next season and the trial games we are planning will lead into that.”

Elsewhere Thomas Doyle and Levy Nzoungou last week became the latest players to re-sign for the club for next season and Kear is delighted with how is 2021 is taking shape.

“We’re very pleased with how the recruitment for next year is going so far,” he added.

“We have retained some very good young players who have got their best years in front of them.”

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