Jacks scouts Gaskell in hopes of building partnership

Rhys Jacks has revealed he has watched footage of the Bulls to give himself a head start in adapting to life at Odsal.

Canadian international Jacks is currently on trial at the Bulls and is hoping to seal a contract with the Championship giants, and he is hopeful that doing his homework will help him form an effective relationship with Lee Gaskell in the halves.

“Hopefully I can fit the bill and suit Lee Gaskell because they have talked about the style of player he is and the kind of half-back they’re looking for to complement him.

“They said they needed someone who could do the organising with a good kicking game so that Gaskell can play his natural game,” he told the Telegraph and Argus.
“I’ve heard a lot about Gaskell and done quite a bit of research on him already.

“I know of Adrian Purtell, the captain, but since I discovered I was coming here I started watching footage of the Bulls so I know their style of footie.

“That has given me a bit of a headstart going into training and ahead of the trial games.

“From the Championship footage I’ve seen, the standard looks very similar to the Queensland Cup.

“I know it’s difficult to tell until you actually play in the games, but there doesn’t seem much difference.

“My mate Steve Thorpe played for Sheffield Eagles last year and is there again this year.
“I played pretty much all my junior footie with him at and he reckons the standard in the Championship is pretty high.”

Jacks is hopeful his range of skills can seal the deal at the Bulls in the pivotal number seven spot.

He added: “I was pretty much the dominant half at Souths Logan Magpies and would direct the boys around and get them to a certain spot on the field while letting the five-eighth stand a bit wider.
“I’d do most of the general place kicking and that type of thing for the team.

“My strengths are my ability to get the teams to different points in the field depending on what the coach’s gameplan is.

“I like to think I can play to the strengths of the team I’m playing for.
“I pride myself on my kicking game and do a lot of work on that – kicking to the corners and putting up attacking bombs to create tryscoring chances as well as shorter kicks.”