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Bradford Bulls: Lee Gaskell plots winning return to Saints
LEE Gaskell has revealed he could stay at the Bulls next season as he targeted a winning return to home-town club St Helens on Friday.
With relegation almost a certainty for Bradford, a number of Jimmy Lowes' squad look set to depart at the end of the season – but Gaskell is willing to stay put.
The former Saints starlet impressed in the halves alongside Luke Gale during Sunday's narrow defeat to Catalan and is currently talking to the club about a contract for next year.
"I've had a few talks with Bradford about staying here, even if we are in the Championship," said Gaskell.
"They have been good to me so I have not spoken to any other clubs or looked elsewhere. I just want to concentrate on Bradford."
Gaskell said he is focusing on building on the improved display against Catalan ahead of this week's showdown at Langtree Park.
The 23-year-old stand-off will come up against his former club at their new home for the first time.
Gaskell, who spent the majority of last season on loan at Salford, explained: "This will be the first time I have played against Saints at Langtree Park.
"A lot of my friends and family support St Helens and I still live in the town, so it will be nice to go back there and play.
"I was very young when I joined Saints, about nine or ten, and it's a club I've always been involved in.
"It will be a bit of a strange feeling going back there but it will also be very special because of my connections to the club.
"I know they lost on Sunday at Hull KR but they have got a great set of lads and have brought through a lot of home-grown players.
"St Helens is a place where you are brought up on rugby league from an early age and young lads want to go on and play for them."
Gaskell says the Bulls took a major confidence boost from their display against Catalan on Sunday in Lowes' first home match in charge.
He said: "The boys showed a lot of intensity in that match. Jimmy asked for that effort from the first minute to last and we did that.
"If we play with that commitment and intensity, then we have the players to deliver. That's the benchmark now and we have to stick to it.
"The forwards laid the platform and it's a lot easier when the pack play like that. That's our job, that's what we get paid for, and we should be doing that anyway.
"Jimmy has come in and given us some fresh ideas. You could see in the performance that the boys were really up for it."