THE Bulls will treat their Odsal farewell as a play-off, according to John Kear.

The curtain comes down on their home since 1934 with tomorrow’s clash with Sheffield.

It promises to be an afternoon full of emotion as Bulls and Bradford Northern greats from the past reunite to say goodbye to the grand stage that made their names.

With the current side facing the uncertainty of next year’s move to Dewsbury and the special measures put in force by the RFL, Kear is determined his men deliver the fitting result.

The Eagles, fresh from lifting the 1895 Cup at Wembley, are a point above in sixth. Both teams must win their remaining two Championship games – and hope Featherstone lose twice – to sneak into the final play-off spot.

Kear said: “It’s a massive game. At the very least, this is a play-off for sixth spot.

“At best, it’s a victory towards the potential play-offs themselves – and that’s putting aside the fact that it is the last game at Odsal.

“That’s just looking at this year’s league ladder and the consequences of the result.”

The build-up has been distracted by the RFL preventing the Bulls from signing any players for next season, leaving Kear to deflect questions from his worried squad as he tries to piece together a game-plan to topple the in-form visitors.

“The RFL aren’t saying anything,” he added. “We’re trying to do is focus on this game.

“It’s a busy enough period without trying to worry about all that. We’ve had to put it to one side knowing this week is a massive game and hoping that Batley do us a favour (by beating Featherstone).”

There is likely to be a lump in the throat of the Bradford-born players as much as the fans as they line up at Odsal one last time.

“It is difficult for them and I can empathise,” said Kear. “I was a Cas lad brought up in the Cas system and I’ll be very sad when Castleford leave Wheldon Road.

“But for that club to progress, that needs to happen as well. You’ve just got to look at the bigger picture.

“I can understand the fans wanting to know when we’re coming back to Bradford.

“But I want to know how well we’re going to play tomorrow and what sort of squad we can get for next year.

“We’ll have to chase up the RFL after the game because we need some clarity. There have certainly been easier times, that’s for sure.”

Captain Steve Crossley said: “It’s incredibly sad that we are having to leave Odsal Stadium. There are a lot of Bradford lads in the team who have come through the system. That will give us extra motivation to win."