WITH the Bulls’ Super League status hanging by a thread, Elliot Kear has more reason than most to safeguard his career.
The Wales winger is due to become a dad for the first time later this year.
Impending fatherhood has increased the importance of making the right choices that will allow him to provide for his partner and their child.
“Now I’m going to be a father, providing some security for my baby is on my mind more than ever,” said the 25-year-old.
“Up to now it has just been about looking after myself but now I have two other people to take care of as well. That is obviously something I need to consider.”
Kear does not know if his girlfriend is carrying a boy or girl but he is excited at the prospect either way.
“The baby is due in November,” he added with a huge smile.
“We had a 20-week scan last week and we’re really looking forward to it.”
Kear has proved a resounding success since joining the Bulls from Crusaders ahead of the 2012 campaign.
He is happy and settled in West Yorkshire but, as a Wales regular with a World Cup under his belt, does he really want to be dropping down to the Championship?
That could almost certainly mean a pay-cut but Kear enjoys life at Bradford and is not adverse to staying put.
“I’m like every player – I have spoken to my agent,” he explained.
“My main worry is just to try and keep this team up because I like playing here and I like the boys here. I want to stay with them as long as I can.
“But with the baby on the way, it’s all about security for me.
“I would like to stay here even if we went down and they said they would talk to us, so I’m just waiting for the conversation really.
“I really don’t know when it might get sorted but I know they will get round everyone and I’ll see what they say.”
Despite being surprisingly dropped for this weekend’s game, Kear is hoping the Bulls can record a victory in their first home game since Jimmy Lowes took control.
The Cardiff-born winger, who has scored eight tries this season, putting him on course to better his tally of 11 last term, says there must be an improvement from last week’s 50-24 defeat at Warrington.
Kear said: “We were lacking in our contact last week and that’s what lost us the game.
“I’m happy with my own form but it’s irrelevant when the team isn’t doing well.
"You want to help the team as much as you can but Jimmy has come in now and we just need to get a bit of confidence back in how we play and nearly everything to be honest.
“I think the more confident we get, the better we will get.
“You don’t want to even think about relegation so we’ve just got to keep trying.
“I think Catalan are beatable and we beat them not so long ago in the Challenge Cup, so why can’t we do it again?”