JOHN Kear is giving nothing away about his comeback plans for Joe Keyes this weekend.

The Bulls coach is spoilt for choice at half-back as Keyes competes for a place with Dane Chisholm and Jordan Lilley.

Having missed the last two games following a head injury against York, Keyes is pushing for a recall against North Wales Crusaders on Sunday.

But Kear is keeping his cards close to his chest over the Ireland international’s chances of featuring at Wrexham.

He said: “It’s an embarrassment of riches and you’ll have to pay your money and go down to North Wales to see if we’ve solved the conundrum.

“We’re looking to get the best team out for Bradford Bulls. They are all chomping at the bit because it’s the business end of the season.”

Kear is happy to have that fierce competition for places going into the final six games of the promotion push.

Brandon Pickersgill was left out of the 17 for the top-of-the-table clash with York and responded with outstanding displays against London Skolars and Whitehaven.

Kear added: “I’ve nothing but admiration for the kid and I’m certain there are greater things around the corner for him.

“He’s been instrumental in adding competition for places and he’s been very much at the heart of our really good performances.

“I’m really pleased with what he’s dished up and confident I’ll be pleased with what he will dish up in the future as well.

“I think he’s been consistently one of our best performers. We’re really pleased with his season and his attitude and application off the field as well.

“He is a smart kid, a humble kid and a hard-working kid and I think that comes through in how he plays.”

Callum Bustin’s knee injury has not cleared up in time for him to return and Lee Smith is unlikely to be ready until next month.