17th June 2014

MATT DISKIN says he and his fellow Bulls owe the Bradford supporters a “massive response” on Friday night.

Diskin is in position as caretaker player-coach after the club parted company with Francis Cummins and his assistant, Lee St Hilaire, on Monday.

The skipper, 32, admits he is being faced with some difficult decisions in terms of team selection for the visit of Hull Kingston Rovers (kick-off 8.00pm).

But Diskin insists he is up for the challenge, insisting he will lead the Bulls into First:Utility Super League battle with pride.

“I have to ensure we are ready to face Hull KR,” explained the four-time Super League champion.

“I think it goes without saying, we are all looking forward to this game.

“As a team we are hurting as we feel we have let people down. It has led to the removal of our head coach and assistant head coach.

“We owe a response to them, like we do you our loyal supporters and everyone connected to the club.”

Diskin – who is being proudly sponsored by members of the RedAmberandBlack messaging board – has been placed in temporary charge of the first team under the guidance of managing director Steve Ferres.

The hooker, who arrived at the Provident Stadium prior to the start of the 2011 campaign, admits he and his Bulls colleagues feel an element guilt.

"These are not ideal circumstances for us as a club or as a team,” he said.

“The decision to relieve Francis Cummins and Lee St Hilaire of their duties has come following some below-par performances.

“We just have not been good enough this season and last weekend, going down to Salford, effectively, in the first 15 minutes was difficult to take.

“As I said, the situation I find myself in is far from ideal, however, I am as captain of the Bradford Bulls, the next in line to guide the team into battle.

“Having said that, I do not for one minute believe or see this as an opportunity to achieve anything as a coach. It is a short-term fix, I am standing in and have no intention of continuing in this role long-term.

“I am faced with difficult decisions this week with regards to team selection.

"However, the team's drive to provide a response will assist in us getting through this testing period.”

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