26th February 2014

STAR half-back Luke Gale insists a six-point deduction is not a terminal one for Bulls' season, claiming he and his Bradford colleagues are ready to overhaul the blow dealt to them.

The decision made earlier this week means the Bulls are now four points adrift at the bottom of the First Utility Super League table, but 25-year-old Gale is targeting an immediate overhaul of that deficit.

He believes the fightback will start with Sunday's clash against the London Broncos, reiterating that the squad are ready for the challenge.

Vice-captain Gale feels sure that his can still survive – against all the odds in 2014.

"The six points will be tough to overhaul but the boys are willing to dig in – it is an issue but it's not a terminal one," he said.

"We have got a real togetherness at the club but six points is a challenge we can overcome.

“The boys are willing to dig in and redeem those points back; by next Friday we could be back to zero, if we beat London and then win against Hull.

“We will be in the same position as a couple of clubs by then. It's just the little things that make it even harder for us.

"It is obviously disappointing. We have had half of our central funding for the last two years and the directors appear to have had enough because they don't feel like we have been placed on a level playing field and I can understand what they mean.

“At the moment we are left in quite a difficult position. But this is the hand we have been dealt so as a club and as a group of players, the only solution is to find a way around it.

"As for the deduction, we feel as though we are good enough to get over that.”

On the field, the Bulls have made a decent start to the new season.

Francis Cummins' men claimed their first win of the campaign, with a hard-fought victory over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats last time out.

And Gale says there is still plenty of improvement left in the Bulls this year.

But he has cited the points deduction as a real setback, considering a potentially strong start to the season being on the cards.

"We did not turn up against Castleford and, although we started well, we let ourselves down late on,” he added.

“We beat Wakefield but we know we've got a lot of improvement left in us from that game too. If we can knock London over then we are two from three – and that would represent a pretty good start.

"It does make recent events seem even more disappointing.

“You feel as though you are getting somewhere and then you suffer a hit. 

“However, this group of players will not give up. We are ready to dig in, fight for each other and the future of this fantastic club.”

Luke Gale is being proudly sponsored by Karen and Jordan Fisher for the 2014 campaign.