SUPER LEAGUE’S top tackler James Donaldson is relishing the prospect of this weekend’s visit of Huddersfield Giants, revealing a clear focus of staying clear of his defensive rivals at the summit.
The 22-year-old back-rower is leading the way, having made almost 200 tackles in just four top-flight outings, and is hoping to give his tally another boost this weekend when the 2013 League Leaders come to The Provident Stadium.
Proudly sponsored by Britannia Heating, Donaldson says he and his Bulls peers are determined to right wrongs from last weekend’s loss at the hands of Hull FC.
And the Cumbrian-born forward is adamant that Bradford could not be more motivated for what will be their third all West Yorkshire clash of the season.
“We are looking to hit back, as we know that we did not perform well enough last time out,” said Donaldson.
“Training has been very tough this week, ensuring we up out game for another tough test. We are looking to make huge strides on Sunday. We know we are capable of much, much more.
“Obviously, a fair bit has happened away the pitch, but we are doing as much as we can to remain focused at the task at hand – beating our opposition and achieving our goals.
“As players, we have heaps of faith in one other. We are fully aware of the fact that we are still capable of really kicking off this year.
“Huddersfield are the next team, standing in our away. And they are a fantastic side.
“Danny Brough is always tough to play against, he is a key figure for them, and so we will have to watch everything he does.
“They are extremely powerful up front, with a host of big boys in the front and back rows, but we realise what we are up against and we are ready to take on the challenge."
Donaldson has proven a stand-out performer so far in 2014, enjoyed a simply remarkable start to the new campaign.
With 186 tackles under his belt, having appeared in all four of the Bulls’ Super League outings, Donaldson will again be one to watch for the Bulls.
But the former Wath Brow Hornets amateur admits he cannot afford to lose sight of the bigger picture.
“I have enjoyed a great start to the season from a personal point of view, but I am just hoping to carry on improving and working hard for the team,” added Donaldson.
“I know that I can still bring a lot more to the party and I just want to carry on working to secure my spot in the starting line-up.
“I am pleased to be leading the tackling charts but, in the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t count for very much, so my focus has to be on helping the Bulls pick up the all important wins.”
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