BRETT KEARNEY is in-line to make his 100th appearance for the club on Thursday evening, having arrived at The Provident Stadium back in 2010.
The Australian full-back signed from NRL side Cronulla Sharks to became a Bradford Bull and has since bagged 54 tries, racking up a total of 216 points.
Kearney, 30, has spoken of his delight at the milestone, which he is in-line to surpass when arch-rivals Leeds Rhinos come to town in little more than 48 hours' times, insisting there is significance with it falling on derby day.
“This is a huge game and a win could really turn things around for us,” said Kearney, who is being proudly sponsored by Advanced Solutions for the 2014 campaign.
“We have perhaps been lacking that killer blow in recent weeks, but there is an air of optimism surrounding the place at the moment.
“Winning a game of this magnitude would provide a huge confidence boost, helping us into what is likely to be a tough period with Wigan Warriors – in Super League – and Catalan Dragons – in the Challenge Cup – coming up.
“It would be great to start the period with a good result – against our biggest rivals – and it could be hugely significant for the rest of our campaign.
“I am extremely proud to have played so many games here.
“This is a great club and I am very happy here, but the time has flown by!
“It doesn’t feel as though I have been in England for almost four and a half years, I never imagined playing 100 games for a club. To do that for a club with such great tradition is fantastic and a huge honour.”
Kearney is contention for Thursday's crunch clash and has today been talking memories and past times, reminiscing on his Bulls debut – which came against Huddersfield Giants some four years ago.
The former South Sydney star spent seven years in the NRL, as a Rabbitoh and, later, as a Shark.
He added: “I remember the first game I ever played for Bradford.
“It was against Huddersfield and it was very cold! It gave me my first real taste of rugby league in this country and it came as a bit of a shock.
“I have changed a lot since that first game. At the start, I had to find my feet in the competition, get in with the players and work out the combinations.
“Nowadays, I try to help out the younger guys in the squad.
“I hope my experiences, not just here but also in the NRL, can help to bring some of the rising talents through.”
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