DALE FERGUSON is eyeing his Bradford Bulls comeback after being told he is nearing a return to action – some six weeks ahead of schedule.
The Scotland World Cup star was facing a near three-month lay-off after suffering an injury setback last month, while working to recover from an ongoing back problem.
Ferguson, 25, has made only one appearance for the Bulls in 2014 since agreeing a two-year deal with the club last summer and that came against Castleford Tigers – in a pre-season friendly.
The former Huddersfield, Wakefield and Hull KR forward recently underwent surgery, however, and is responding superbly to treatment from Bradford medical staff.
Now, with his return in sight, Ferguson is hopeful of making an impact.
“I am very much looking forward to getting back out there, it has been a long time coming,” said the Bull back-rower.
“I was initially told I could be looking at 10 weeks on the sidelines, so to be informed I am getting close – just a couple of weeks after the operation – is very pleasing.
“It has been a massively frustrating period for me. I have only made one appearance so far this year and I was far from my best.
“But I am back in training, which is going well, and am simply now waiting now for the message telling me I am clear to play.
“My focus is pretty much fixed on getting back to full health in the next couple of weeks or so and working my way into the team.
“We might have a small squad at the moment but spots in the back row are hard to come by, it is one of the most contested positions in the team.”
Teammate Lee Gaskell, who sustained a knee injury during the Bulls’ round-two First Utility Super League triumph over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats back in February, is also closing in on a return to full fitness.
The 23-year-old stand-off was ruled out for at least two months but, like Ferguson, is recovering ahead of schedule.
Bulls head physio Dan Ramsden said: “Both Dale and Lee are progressing very well in terms of their respective recoveries.
“They are back in light training and we are working very hard to ensure both of them are available for selection very soon.
“Matt Diskin, Luke George and Adam Sidlow are also doing well but like with any injury, it requires us to get these guys back out there, in the thick of the action, for us to fully assess their recoveries.”
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