Bulls squad is “Super League standard”, says Ferres

Bradford Bulls managing director Steve Ferres believes the standards the club have set in terms of playing and coaching staff next year is pushing towards the “top end of Super League” in certain aspects, as the club gears up for life in the Championship next year.

The Bulls have a 30-strong squad signed up for next season, as well as bringing in the likes of John Bastian and Karl Harrison – who both coached in the Championship this year – to beef up their backroom staff.

And Ferres believes the club are breaking new ground by going all out in such a manner, saying Lowes has the full support of everyone at the club to launch an assault on Super League.

“With what we’ve got, we’re actually pushing the boundaries to the top end of Super League in terms of analytical and physical preparation,” he told the Telegraph and Argus.

“We have given Jimmy every opportunity to support the playing staff with a coaching team that can not only maintain a Super League standard but improve as we move forward.

“This is a new start for Bradford Bulls and I’m not sure if a club has ever gone down to the Championship with a true and proper full-time squad on this scale.”