24th July 2014

LEE GASKELL is looking to repay the faith of head coach James Lowes and lead the club back to where it belongs, after this week agreeing a new two-year deal.

The 23-year-old arrived at the Provident Stadium prior to the start of last season and has enjoyed an impressive first campaign in Bradford Bulls colours.

The St Helens-born stand-off has become something of a fans' favourite in recent months.

And Gaskell has described his decision to extend his stay - until at least the end of 2016 - as a “no-brainer”, insisting head coach James Lowes played a key role in contract negotiations.

“I was very grateful to be given the opportunity to play week in, week out at what is still a massive name in rugby league,” said Gaskell, who is being proudly sponsored by Hudson Foster.

“Since Jimmy has come in he has been great with me, as he has the rest of the lads, and I am now back in the position in which I feel I can be more of a threat.

“He was a big factor in my decision, he has been great with us since taking over. He has come in and told us to express ourselves and improved our level of self-belief.

“It is a great feeling when your coach tells you he believes in you and it helped my decision as I knew I had the faith of Jimmy. I now want to repay that.”

Gaskell is now focusing his attentions on a strong finish in First:Utility Super League, ahead of a challenging 2015 Championship campaign.

He added: “I owe a lot to this club. Our supporters have been brilliant and we are looking to come straight back up next season.

“It looks as though there could be a host of new faces coming in and it would be nice to see a few of the other boys stay put too.

“I just want to be able to go out there, give my all and perform because I really love it here.”