TOM OLBISON is confident he and his fellow Bradford Bulls will bounce straight back from relegation – at the first attempt – after agreeing a new two-year deal with the club.
The 23-year-old back-rower last night joined team-mates Lee Gaskell, Dale Ferguson and Adam Sidlow in committing his future to the club, penning a contract which will keep him at the Provident Stadium until at least the end of 2016.
With newcomers Dan Fleming and Jake Mullaney already on board, as coach James Lowes' first new additions for next season, Leeds-born Olbison believes the club's recent recruits have provided a huge boost.
"I am delighted to be staying with Bradford,” said Olbison, who is a star product of the club's Academy.
“I am really excited about next season and firmly believe we will make it back up into Super League at the first attempt. That is something I really want to be a part of.
“I have been here from a young age and have come through the system, so I feel staying and fighting to help the club get back where it belongs is the right thing to do.
“The players that have already come in – and those who have re-signed – are great players and will ensure we are very competitive next year.
“The board of directors are showing the club means business, they are making a number of clear statements and that is very, very pleasing.”
Olbison has scored six tries in 18 appearances this term, coming on from the interchange bench on four separate occasions.
Sunday's victory over champions Wigan Warriors saw the Bulls claim their fifth win of the season.
And, despite Bradford being confirmed as a Kingstone Press Championship club for 2015, Olbison says the players are looking to end on a high note.
“Being relegated is not nice and it is something I never want to experience again,” he added.
“Against Wigan, we were able to play with a little more freedom, though, and it proved the difference.
“We stuck to the game-plan and went about our business in a calm and confident manner.
“Knowing where we stand has certainly helped our mindsets. Now we just want to go out with a bang and perform for our supporters.
“A win over Leeds tomorrow would be very special and that is what we are aiming to achieve.”
The 8.00pm Friday August 1st clash will see former Yorkshire Carnegie head coach James Lowes return to his former 'home' for the first time as Bulls boss.
And we have tickets available for two areas of the ground, with Western Terrace admission priced at £20 (adults), £13 (concessions - under-21s, over-65s and students) and £10 (juniors – under 16s). Under-5s go FREE.
Meanwhile, Main Stand tickets are priced at £27 (adults), £20 (concessions - under-21s, over-65s and students) and £17 (juniors – under-16s).
To book, call our ticket hotline on 08448 711 490 NOW!