LEE GASKELL has spoken of his excitement ahead of his first-ever Bradford-Leeds derby, with the Bulls posied to take on the Rhinos from 8.00pm on Thursday evening.
The 23-year-old stand-off, who made a long-awaited return to action last week following a lengthy stint on the sidelines, is looking forward to the First Utility Super League round-nine contest.
And Gaskell is fully focused on creating a solid partnership with half-back partner Luke Gale, having spent much of this season in recovery mode nursing a knee injury sustained back in February.
“We are extremely excited about facing the Rhinos, it is such a big game for us,” said Gaskell, who is being proudly sponsored by Hudson Foster for the 2014 campaign.
“It is going to be the first time I have played in a Bradford-Leeds derby and I have heard from the boys – and the fans – that it is always a great experience. I cannot wait to get out there.
“We are aware of the task at hand, though, and we know we need to be better in order to match a team like Leeds.
“We need to cut out the errors, as there is no way we can afford to give away easy ball on Thursday night.
“It is massively frustrating for us to be making those mistakes and we have been working on putting those things right.
“Personally, I am feeling really good. I am pretty much match fit and I have kept myself in shape while out injured.
“The injury has fixed up and I am trying my hardest to feature in the team every week, while playing as well as I possibly can.
“The half-back partnership, between myself and Luke, could prove absolutely vital in the weeks and months ahead. It is something we are working together on.
“If we can put in a strong performance, this week, and ensure out kicking game is good, it will really help the rest of the team.”
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