JOHN Kear can see Ross Peltier making another big impact for the Bulls in the Championship.

The popular forward enjoyed a successful campaign in their promotion from League One, nailing down a jersey with 30 appearances and 11 tries.

He then helped Jamaica break through on the international scene by qualifying for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup at the expense of Canada and favourites USA.

Kear believes Peltier has made great strides with his all-round game – and is backing him to continue that progress when the Bulls step back up a level in 2019.

He said: “I think Ross improved tremendously last season and he can look at the challenge of the Championship and embrace it. He can really show how good he is.

“He’s very settled off field, and has just had a youngster, but I was most impressed with his application in training.

“Gone was the looseness. He became focused and intense in training and that helped him improve greatly.

“I’m sure that will continue with the challenges we’ve got to face this season.”

Kear is convinced the quality of the squad’s training will continue to go up with the proven additions that have been added over the off-season.

He hopes to see the benefit of that on the pitch as the Bulls target a top-five play-off spot.

“We’ve brought people like Jy Hitchcox and Jake Webster, who are model professionals,” added the coach.

“I can see our off-field prep is going up another level. If that’s the case, I’ll see our performances go up another level as well.”

Peltier is licking his lips at the prospect of facing the Championship big guns.

“Those are the games I love,” he said. “York last season and the play-off games against Workington and Oldham.

“This is why I’ve played rugby since I was a kid, games when they mean so much.”