CARETAKER player-coach Matt Diskin has been working overtime this week in order to ensure his Bradford Bulls are ready for First:Utility Super League action – and tomorrow night's visit of Hull Kingston Rovers.
Diskin and his fellow Bulls enter seeking win number five of the 2014 campaign, with the Rovers arriving on the back of successive defeats.
The Bradford skipper, who arrived at the Provident Stadium prior to the start of the 2011 season, admits he has been forced to make some difficult decisions in terms of team selection, since taking charge on Tuesday.
But Diskin – a four-time Super League champion – says he is up for the challenge and is expecting his side to hit the ground running from 8.00pm tomorrow evening.
“We are looking forward to getting out there, though I guess it will be a little odd, for me, captaining and coaching at the same time – it will be a new experience to say the least,” said the 32-year-old hooker.
“I have had to make some tough calls in terms of selection but those missing out are fully aware of the reasoning behind it. Picking a team, I must admit, has been rather bizarre though.
“The past few days have been pretty strange for me but I have really enjoyed being out on the paddock, coaching the guys.
“I have put in a lot of extra hours in this week, ensuring we are as well prepared as we can be come kick-off.
“And training has gone very well. We are smarting as a group and are desperate to respond tomorrow evening.
“With that in mind, I believe our supporters can expect to witness a fired up Bulls team tomorrow night. I think it goes without saying that we have only one aim.
“We know we have to be much better defensively and that has been the topic of conversation this week. It is not about defensive systems and structures, it is about commitment and concentration.
“Hull KR come into the game struggling for form. They have been hit hard by injury setbacks but are a dangerous side when firing on all cylinders.
“We are expecting a very difficult test, as they have plenty of quality in their ranks, but we know what we are capable of.”
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