THE Bulls academy will continue to play a significant role in reviving the club’s fortunes.

The consortium looking to take over from chairman Andrew Chalmers have made it clear that the successful conveyor belt of young talent is going to remain high on the agenda.

With more players expected to leave to ease a debt understood to be over £500,000, John Kear’s squad will be much smaller than for last season.

And there are likely to be more opportunities for academy products to push their chances.

Former Wakefield director Chris Brereton, who is heading the group seeking to buy the club from Chalmers, said: “It is the intention to definitely keep that going.

“There will be significant investment continuing to go into that.”

Eleven youngsters were handed senior debuts by Kear at some point last season – nine of them in the 1895 Cup at Barrow. Hooker Thomas Doyle scored twice in an impressive first game against Rochdale.

Young scrum half Cobi Green is currently out in Australia with Kear’s Wales side for the World Cup nines. They kick off the tournament today against England.