SAM Hallas has today signed a two-year deal with the Bulls.

The promising hooker, who has been on loan from Leeds Rhinos this season, committed his future to Odsal despite interest from other clubs.

Hallas is relishing the chance of playing rugby for Geoff Toovey's side and even skippered for the last two games while Scott Moore was suspended.

"It's class. They are a massive club and it's a real honour that they see me in their long-term plans," said Hallas.

"Geoff Toovey has shown he has got belief in me and the only thing I can do is repay him.

"Captaining the team was a really good experience for me. It was a big achievement and one that I will take with me throughout my career.

"I've always thought that playing a lot of minutes was part of my game. I've just never had the chance to show that.

"Now I'm playing pretty much 80 minutes week in, week out and I'm feeling I'm doing it well and comfortably. The more minutes I get, the better it is for me.

"I like the responsibility aspect of it. I try to do my best to lead by example and do the right thing on and off the field.

"I'm only 20 years old and I'm going to make mistakes – but I'm not afraid of that. They are going to happen and as long as I conduct myself in the right way, then they can only benefit me."

Hallas will make his 13th outing for the club at Batley on Sunday. It has been a tough year to be thrown in but the youngster has made the most of his role as a work-horse in the team.

He said: "We worked it out the other day that against Hull KR it was our ninth half-back partnership of the year. It's mental.

"It's hard to get a settled team but I think the best thing is when new people come in, everybody is really welcoming and integrate them really well.

"Cory Aston came in last Thursday for the first time. About half an hour into the session, he looked like he'd been in there all year.

"That's not only testament to Cory but also to all the boys as well. We've been patient with the situation and treated people really well.

"It happens every week. There are definitely down times but a lot of the time it's really upbeat and everyone wants to work hard and train to their maximum. We take it into the weekend and try to play well."

The Mount Pleasant trip marks the penultimate weekend of the Championship campaign before it splits into the Bottom Eights.

Hallas insists the Bulls will be up for the challenge and said: "We showed that last weekend against Hull KR. We came in 18-10 down at half-time and then fell away but I felt the scoreline really flattered them.

"I thought we were the better side for a lot of times in that game, like we were at Blackpool. Carry on that momentum now, we'll go into the back-end of the season strong.

"Each team have their own threats. We've got to take it week by week and focus on winning every game we can."

Meanwhile, the Bulls are hoping that Australian centre Willie Tonga will get his visa clearance in time to feature in Sunday's squad.