BRADFORD Bulls youngster Rowan Milnes admits the focus now turns to becoming a first-team regular in 2020, having completed his rehabilitation from his leg injury suffered in June.

The 20-year-old, who is a product of the club's feted academy system, was in impressive form prior to that injury, scoring four tries in twelve appearances to cement his place in John Kear’s squad.

His stand-out performance arguably came in the memorable 22-20 Challenge Cup win over Leeds Rhinos at Odsal in May.

The young half-back did everything but score a try as he ran Bulls' Super League opponents ragged.

He took over kicking duties from the unusually off-colour Elliot Minchella and nailed all three of his goal attempts.

It was also Milnes' high hanging kick which found Jake Webster for Bulls' second try.

He then broke through the line and set up Sam Hallas to put the hosts in front for the first time in the match.

Consistently playing well, he added to that fine performance against Leeds with the opening try in Bulls' Challenge Cup Quarter Final tie with Halifax.

Sadly, less than half an hour later, the youngster suffered a horrible injury, later diagnosed as a broken leg, curtailing his season prematurely.

After his breakthrough year, Milnes wants more – and is eager to get back out on the pitch and work his way back into Kear’s thoughts.

“Chatting with the physio and John, we have a Reserve Game next Wednesday but John said it will be best not to risk it - have an off season and recharge the batteries and start again,” said Milnes, who is sponsored by The Erby Family.

“I am still a young lad but I always feel if you are good enough, you are big enough and I will be ready to go in 2020.

“Every game you play you get more experience and try become a regular next year, I was really enjoying myself prior to injury.

“At the end of 2018, me and John (Kear) sat down and after that I did not expect to play as big a part as I did but I am really pleased with how far I have come.

“I do not want to stop here, I want to kick on and become a regular - I just cannot wait to get back out there.”