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8th August 2018, 20:03

"I WANT TO LEAD US BACK TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP" - CROSSLEY

Steve Crossley has paid tribute to the impact head coach John Kear has had on the Bradford Bulls in 2018 – insisting he is the 'perfect' coach for the club.

The Bradford-born forward arrived back at Odsal Stadium for a third spell donning the red, amber and black of his hometown club.

Injuries to Lee Smith has seen the lung-busting prop forward lead the side out this year, most recently the 46-0 drubbing of Whitehaven RLFC last Saturday.

Having spoken of his pride at captaining his team-mates, the focus immediately switched to return back to the Betfred Championship at the first attempt.

“I am massively proud to be leading the boys out, this is my hometown club and I have played here in all three divisions,” said Crossley, who is sponsored by Mal and Ange Rider.

“I want to lead us back into the Championship, I absolutely love playing here and I will lead from the front and do everything I can to help us achieve that.

“After the York defeat we will have to do it the ­hard way but we are prepared to do that, racking up so many points whilst being solid in defence will do us no harm heading into the final six games.

“John [Kear] has had a huge impact on the club and I can speak for my myself and my team-mates by saying we are full of respect for him and everything he has achieved.

“He is an absolute godsend, he is the perfect coach for the club and I am delighted he is ours for now and for future challenges as we work our way back to where we deserve to be.

“We want that promotion straight away, we will take each games as it comes but with only six games left the end is in sight and we will do what we need to do to achieve that.”