DAMIEN Sironen expects to know within the next fortnight whether he will remain a Bulls player.

The 25-year-old, who joined Bradford in late June from second-tier Australian club Tweed Head Seagulls, has proved a popular addition to the Odsal ranks and is one of their few enforcers.

Sironen, the nephew of former Australian international Paul, said: "My intention since I have been here was to play Super League, whether that was by helping Bradford get promotion or with another club.

"But that is all up in the air at the moment. I can't say what I am doing next year because I don't know.

"I am going home after the season ends and we will see what happens over the next couple of weeks whether I return or not."

However, the former Newcastle Knights prop – who is believed to be interesting Super League clubs – gave the Bulls fans some hope when he said: "I didn't really know too much about Bradford before I came, other than it has a rich history and that it is a huge rugby league town.

"Since coming here, the fans have welcomed me with open arms and hopefully it is not the end and there is a career for me in the UK and I am here for the long haul."

Sironen has certainly enjoyed working under Bulls head coach Geoff Toovey, saying: "What Toovs brings is motivation and a will to win.

"I had a bit of a rough season back home where we were losing games and he has brought that mentality where you fight someone for a ball, you fight them for an inch and never give up."

They may have a passionate coach who hates losing, yet keeping possession has been the Bulls' Achilles heel this season.

Sironen, who hopes the squad respond better to adversity in what remains of the season, said: "We kept losing the ball (against Batley) and our problem since I have been here is that we cannot hold on to it for more than five minutes.

"It is a bit of a mental game. The ball goes down and then guys' heads go down and the next three weeks are about responding to adversity.

"So every time the ball goes down or we get a penalty that we think we don't deserve, we have got to find a way to respond.

"There are a lot of players going to be departing the club at the end of the year and these next three weeks are going to be about this playing group.

"It is the last time this group of boys are going to play together and it is about us coming together and responding when the ball goes down, bouncing back and staying in the game."

Sironen suffered a neck injury early in Monday's game against Batley Bulldogs but is optimistic of playing against Sheffield Eagles tomorrow.

He said: "It seems to have recovered slowly but it seems to be getting there and I should be all right. I will do some contact today and see how it goes."

However, he does not believe that he was singled out and explained: "It was just a stray hip or a knee. It is rugby league, it is a contact sport and you are going to get yourself in an awkward position.

"I only played the first five or ten minutes and it was pretty physical then and it was physical from then on – but that is the sport that we play.

"It was tough me coming off, we lost a bit of size in the middle, but we were also missing Colton (Roche) and Jimmy Magrin as well, so we definitely lacked a bit of size – but we made it easy for them with our errors."

Sironen expects the Eagles to pose similar problems, saying: "They have a good pack and play that very forward-orientated game and a lot of one out off the ruck from what we have seen.

"There is an opportunity for a bit of bash up the middle. We welcome back Jimmy to add a bit of size there with me and Liam Kirk, who has been playing some good football, and it is going to be a good battle."