BRADFORD Bulls' George Flanagan insists the side are raring to get back into action following defeat to Workington Town two weeks ago.

Bradford now look set for the play-offs in order to achieve their goal of promotion, and while Flanagan admits the task is harder, he is sure the side have what it takes.

John Kear pointed towards the experience Workington showed as a vital component in their win. As one of the senior players himself at Bulls, Flanagan has vowed the side are ready to lift their game.

“I think we may have underestimated Workington a bit. We could have made it a lot easier if we'd got the result and we're disappointed but there is still a lot to play for," said Flanagan.

“I thought we maybe came out a bit too enthusiastic and all guns blazing but we’re remaining positive. York have a tougher run-in than us but we’ve thrown away first spot.

“Sometimes experience is needed in games. They had the likes of Sean Penkywicz and Oliver Wilkes, and we’re a young side, but a real tight-knit group. We just need to play smarter sometimes.

“Our main goal is promotion and it’s no secret that we wanted to be top of the table. Obviously a few results have gone against us but you can’t rest on your laurels. It’s time to work now.

“Maybe we were guilty of becoming a bit complacent. We’ve had some really good games with convincing scorelines but you can’t rely on that, there’s tough teams in this division.

“Over the bank holiday we got a few days off and it’s always good to get away and refresh. We’ve returned to training and everyone looks raring to go.”

As the Bulls prepare for the end of the regular season, Flanagan claims the Workington game could prove to be a blessing, giving the players the reality check they needed.

A lifelong supporter of Bulls, Flanagan also commented on his eagerness to achieve their goals and continue their journey.

He said: “The result looks all bad news, but it gives us the reality check we needed. Now we know the job in hand it’s time to focus.

“I’ve supported Bradford since I was a kid, it’s my hometown club and to play my part in getting the club back on track is great. Every time I play at Odsal and pull on the shirt it’s a special moment.

“I haven’t been at my best the past few weeks. I could have played smarter and hopefully I can show that in the remaining games. I’ve got a lot more to learn and give to Bradford.”