SAM Hallas has been told he is part of the Bulls’ plans for next season.

The hooker is among those players coming out of contract but John Kear has made it clear he is one of those the club intend to re-sign.

The Bulls are currently unable to do any new deals or bring in recruits while they remain in special measures.

But the coaching staff have been informing the squad where they stand in the club’s thinking during a series of end-of-season reviews.

And Kear is keen on retaining Hallas as he nails down the young core of the side.

He said: “Sam is one that hopefully we can keep. He’s certainly one that we have identified.

“It’s not all doom and gloom. The key positions in the team are one, six, seven and nine and we’ve got Pick (Brandon Pickersgill), Joe Keyes and Jordan Lilley in the halves and Sam.

“That’s a big thing for us. The pivotal players will be here for next year and they understand exactly what we want as coaching staff.

“Let’s not forget about Rowan Milnes and Thomas Doyle as well who are itching for their chance.

“Again, they have been in and among our system.

“I believe it will be a lot easier next year in how we want to play etc. I think we’ll be more advanced at the start of the year than we were this time.”

Hallas, who joined the Bulls in 2017, is only 22 – and Kear believes the youthful age of those in key positions is crucial to the long-term thinking.

“That’s one reason why I believe we can get into Super League and stay there,” added the Bulls coach.

“A lot of clubs do the yo-yo syndrome as I call it.

“They recruit heavily to get into Super League and then dispense with those players and try to bring another lot in to build another team in the off-season.

“What we’re trying to do is obviously get into Super League. But I feel with the age of our group and with correct recruitment and retention, the vast majority would be Super League ready.

“That’s why we are trying to do it like this in a sustainable way with young men who can only get better but are racking up the games in the meantime.”

The Bulls are expecting the RFL to lift the special-measure restrictions by the end of the month.

Kear said: “I’m confident that I’ll be racking up a good phone bill in the near future.”