Greg Burke is targeting four wins from his month-long loan at Bradford and admitted he is open to the prospect of an extended stay.
The 21-year-old Wigan forward and Leeds teenager Liam Sutcliffe are the latest loan recruits to boost Francis Cummins’ squad and will make their debuts at Hull FC tomorrow.
Burke has found first-team opportunities limited at Wigan, although he played in Sunday’s win over Wakefield and also made the trip to New Zealand and Australia for the Warriors’ recent World Club Challenge showdown.
Burke said: “Franny told me I’ll be on the bench as a front-rower on Friday so hopefully I’ll get on after 20-odd minutes.
“Bradford need players but hopefully we’ve plugged a few gaps in the middle and can get some more wins now.
“They have started well, having played three and won two, and it’s just unfortunate they have had six points taken off them.
“But the mood in the camp here is brilliant. They are buzzing and that’s good, especially in times like this as you need it.”
The acquisition of Burke is a major boost to the Bulls following the departure of Nick Scruton and Garreth Carvell, who misses out for Hull tomorrow due to an ankle injury.
Burke has Wigan captain Sean O’Loughlin ahead of him at the DW Stadium, and John Bateman’s arrival increased competition in the pack further.
Burke, who will cross swords with former Wigan team-mate Chris Tuson tomorrow night, added: “I’ve just got to try and help Bradford to four wins, play well and see if there’s any chance at Wigan for me.
“If not I’ll probably be staying here for a bit longer. I’m still young and I signed a three-year deal with an option just last year so I’ve got plenty of time on my side.
“I only really get in when Lockers is injured but it’s good to learn from him and that’s all I can do. He is brilliant with me I can ask him anything and he’ll help me out.”
Meanwhile, Cummins said yesterday that Dale Ferguson could be fit for selection next week and that Matty Blythe was also making good progress as they recover from injuries.
The Bulls boss, who paid tribute to Leeds and Wigan for allowing him to take Sutcliffe and Burke on loan, said he was hopeful of progress on the club’s ownership front but remained wary of more players leaving.
Cummins said: “Hopefully the administrator might have some definite offers by the end of the week – that's the latest update I've had.
“I’m frightened to death we could lose more players because there might be a club or two that has a poor result at the weekend who finds some money and things happen.
“But hopefully as a club we will have moved on a bit by then.
“You never know, someone might come in and buy the club and we might not lose all the six points if we appeal. Things are starting to look a lot more positive.”
Greg Burke: Watch me go four it while I'm at Bradford Bulls!
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