JOHN Kear has promised a brave new era from the rebuilt Bulls next season.

Sam Hallas was yesterday confirmed as the new vice-captain to back up Steve Crossley.

And Kear insists they will set the tone for a squad that will stand up to their critics after all the club’s financial turmoil.

Kear said: “Some people love a moan. It’s a bit of a rugby league thing.

“But we will batten down the hatches and I tell you that we’re going to show great courage.

“Individuals are going to show no fear and we’re going to demonstrate a right to be in the position that we’re in in the Championship.

“We’re going to play well next season. I’m really looking forward to it and I know the players are as well.

“The fact that Steve Crossley is the captain and Sam Hallas vice-captain tells you the type of team that we’re trying to develop.

“We want good people with good values and morals who work very hard. That’s going to be us as a team and it can take you a long way.”

There have been a raft of departures since finishing sixth last term. Kear still anticipates a flurry of new arrivals as the Bulls play catch-up with recruitment but believes those who have gone went for the right reasons.

“We’ve lost two experienced players to other clubs in Jake Webster and Jy Hitchcox,” he added.

“But in all honesty forget about the financial difficulties and look at that as a career path for those individuals.

“Jy had his contract extended by another year so I can understand his desire. Forget about Bradford’s troubles, that’s through a personal point of view.

“And Jake’s got an opportunity to coach and work in the administration that he didn’t have at our club.

“So, both of those are totally understandable and it’s the same with the lads who went to Hull KR. They are going from Championship to Super League.

“It’s not so much the negative of Bradford as the positive of the opportunity. You’ve got to support them in that.”

Salford winger Greg Johnson became the first external addition as he teams up with Kear for a third time. The Bulls coach feels his signing was a real coup.

“If somebody had said to me we’d lose Jy Hitchcox but get Greg Johnson, forget any financial implications, I’d have been very tempted indeed,” he said.

“I’ve known Greg since he was 19 and coached him twice previously. He’s a good lad and a very, very good winger.

“I might have called in a favour or two but I’m absolutely delighted he’s joined us. It will be good for him and I'm pretty damn sure he will be good for us as a club.”