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Crookes targets Hull of a display for Bradford Bulls
Jason Crookes is poised to line up against his future employers tomorrow night – and reckons he could be about to hit top gear.
The Bulls winger, 22, is understood to have agreed to join Hull FC when his current deal at Odsal expires at the end of the season.
He recently returned to action after four months on the sidelines due to a shoulder injury sustained against the Black and Whites at the KC Stadium on March 30.
His comeback against Hull KR on August 10 was marked with an expertly-taken try and he was impressive again in the recent win at his hometown club Huddersfield.
“I couldn’t wait to get back out there against Hull KR,” said Crookes.
“I actually felt a bit off the pace in that game but I started to come back stronger again against Huddersfield and felt good.
“I’ve got a lot of mates who play for Huddersfield and a lot of mates who are from Huddersfield watching, so it was nice to help the team to such a great win.
“Hopefully this week against Hull FC I’ll be even better.”
Crookes is remaining tight-lipped on his future but it is understood that the bulk of the Bradford squad have deals lined up with rival clubs if the Bulls are booted out of Super League.
Significantly, the vast majority remain keen to stay at Odsal if top-flight status is retained and, crucially, a change of ownership is finally in sight.
It is understood that the RFL again met with the two main bidders – Bradford Park Avenue and Omar Khan – yesterday and asked them to provide additional proof of funds as the process of due diligence nears completion.
Crookes, looking ahead to tomorrow’s reunion with former Bulls skipper Andy Lynch , who returns to Odsal for the first time, added: “Lynchy is a massive player for them and probably one of the best props in the league.
“But it’s about what we do and a play-off spot is there for the taking if we win these last two games.”
Meanwhile, Championship leaders Featherstone have signed Bradford stand-off Kyle Briggs on a two-year deal. Briggs played for Rovers in 2010 before moving to the Bulls and re-joined the club earlier this year on loan.
* The Rugby League Cares Foundation, who bought numerous items of the late Trevor Foster’s memorabilia, have now donated the items to the Bulls’ Hertitage Foundation for future generations of Bradford supporters to enjoy.
Significantly, all the funds raised have been donated to the ever-increasing BullBuilder Hardship Fund.
John Downes of the Bradford Bulls Hertitage Foundation said: “Rugby League Cares, formerly the Rugby League Foundation, have shown great foresight in keeping heritage within the game.”