31st January 2019, 12:34
MINCHELLA CONFIDENT IN THE BULLS PLAY-OFF HOPES
Bradford Bulls are back in action this Sunday against fellow Play-off hopefuls Featherstone Rovers.
The Bulls have prepared well throughout pre-season and are hoping that will stand them in good stead against a Featherstone team that has been bolstered with new signings in recent weeks.
Minchella said: “There is an optimism about the place but realism as well. John is very good at that.
“Our goal is to get in the top five and in the playoffs. Anything less than that will feel a bit disappointing.
“We’ve played five Championship clubs in pre-season and they’ve been really tough games.
“We beat four of them, although you’ve got to remember they are only pre-season. But we’ve taken some confidence from that.
“We’re confident we can finish in that five with the squad we’ve got.”
Minchella feels the pre-season has prepared the team for a tough opening game.
“It’s been a good pre-season,” added the second rower. “The Yorkshire Cup brought more competitiveness to it.
“But the real stuff begins now, and I can’t wait for round one. Featherstone at Odsal should be a good day, a local derby, and hopefully, we can start the season with a win.
“It’s been a long time in pre-season, especially in the winter months when it’s tough. But it makes you a better player and you’re getting fitter and stronger.
“I feel it’s gone well at the club and everything is positive. We’re in a really good place.”
The fans and the club vision both attracted Elliott to join his home town club. “That’s why I came to the club. Andrew Chalmers showed me the vision where they want to take it.
“The fans are second to none and hopefully the big crowds will come back if we get a bit of a roll on.
“They were great last year coming in their numbers and I’m sure they will be again.”
Elliot is available for selection in the weekends Betfred Championship round one fixture against the Featherstone Rovers at Odsal.
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