Gaskell hoping to be fit for Leigh showdown

Bradford Bulls half-back Lee Gaskell has admitted he’s hopeful of being fit for Saturday’s crunch match with Leigh Centurions – after revealing he came through a full training session earlier this week.

Gaskell has been out of action since colliding with a post protector during the Bulls’ Round Two loss to Wakefield in The Qualifiers.

And in a game that many believe will decide one half of the teams competing in the million pound game at the start of next month, the 2015 Championship player of the year has revealed that he’s on track with the injury to his bruised kidneys suffered against the Wildcats.

“I had a full training session on Monday but it has been frustrating because the back pain has taken a couple of weeks to settle down,” he said.

“I’ve been doing a bit of swimming because it helps with my mobility and I’m just looking forward to hopefully pulling on the shirt again this weekend.

“Hopefully I can come back and give the boys that extra bit of direction they’ve been lacking. We’ve just got to believe in ourselves and it would be nice to get back playing this weekend.

“We need to really turn up on Saturday and give the fans something to shout about because they’ve been fantastic all year.

“If I want to get back in Super League – and I class Leigh as a Super League side – then this is the kind of team I want to be testing myself again.”