LEIGH Beattie is confident the Bulls will cut through the hullabaloo surrounding their presence in League One.

The Odsal outfit are the team everyone wants to beat as they build up to a first season at the third level.

Their status as the division’s main attraction is an added pressure in the push for instant promotion under John Kear.

But assistant coach Beattie insists they will not be distracted by any sideshows that their visit to some of the game’s less glamorous outposts might create.

Beattie said: “Promotion is definitely the aim. We know we need to get ourselves out of this division.

“Like John has said, every game is going to be a cup final for the other team. They are always going to raise their game.

“Teams will be looking forward to playing us and the fantastic amount of supporters we take. It was the same when we dropped down to the Championship.

“But hopefully that (spotlight) will be good for us.

“We’ve just got to concentrate on ourselves and not worry about what people are going to say about us.

“It will be Bradford this, Bradford that and they’re going to sell stuff on the back of it. But we’ve just got to get on with it and I’m sure we will.”

Beattie oversaw the start of pre-season alongside under-16s coach Mark Dunning and strength and conditioning head Chris Black before Kear’s appointment last month.

But he is enjoying the opportunity to work with the vastly-experienced 63-year-old now – and the contrast to the constant stresses and strains of the previous campaign.

Beattie’s spell in interim charge last season went on far longer than expected because of the delay with Geoff Toovey’s paperwork.

Now he can go into the new term fully focused on his own job as Kear’s right-hand man.

Beattie added: “It’s so much easier because everything is a lot more settled.

“I’ve got the opportunity to work under John and learn a lot more. I know exactly what he will want from me and I’m getting stuck into the challenge.

“Last Christmas and new year wasn’t a very good time.

“Andrew (Chalmers) came in (with Graham Lowe) and the work they did in that short space of time was unbelievable.

“But you had the visa thing with Geoff and I got thrown in with that. I tried my best with that to settle things down.

“But there were some times you’d only have eight bodies at the start of training and it was difficult.

“Now we’ve got a full pre-season and the squad has been sorted early so they’ve all trained together.

“The lads have been fantastic. We’ve recruited well this year and there are some good players there, good athletes and good people.

“They’ve bought into everything we’ve thrown at them and haven’t batted an eyelid.”