THE Bulls plan to have a dual-reg agreement tied up with a Super League club by Christmas.

John Kear has revealed that talks are ongoing with possible higher-division partners to allow them to borrow players for next season.

Bradford are thought to be one of a group of clubs targeting a deal with newly-promoted Toronto Wolfpack.

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Kear would not confirm the identity of those currently being spoken to but expects the arrangement to be finalised within the next month.

He said: “It’s not been sorted yet. We are still in dialogue with a number of clubs.

“Perhaps the favourite will give us a decision in early December because they are sought after by a number of clubs as well.

“We’re working to do what we feel will benefit us the most.

“It may well be done and dusted by early December but at the latest we hope to have it sorted by Christmas.”

Kear has previously confessed that he is not a fan of the system, which allows teams from the Championship and League One to field players not being used by their partner clubs.

It proved a highly-effective vehicle for some of their rivals last season as the Bulls were pipped to a play-off spot by a single point.

But given the circumstances at the cash-hit club with the block on recruitment during the takeover process, Kear admits it is a system they must look to utilise for the 2020 campaign.

He added: “Part of my off-season has been looking at the RFL rules and regulations with dual-reg and loan signings to make sure we comply with those.

“That’s obviously a big factor in our decisions. We are going down those routes as was indicated by Rowan Milnes (who will be loaned back for the season from Hull KR).

“We will be making full use of that as circumstances dictate. But again, I think it can be positive.”

Imposing former Wakefield forward Anthony England this week became the second new face to arrive after Salford winger Greg Johnson.

Kear believes the supporters appreciate the scenario as he rebuilds the squad following a number of departures.

“The fans see where we’re at. We’ve got a club so let’s go forward.

“I’ve said it many times but the biggest asset for our club is the fans.

“They’ve had God knows how many false dawns but I’m pretty confident this can be a proper one.

“I think other clubs acknowledge that and that’s why there’s been a change of attitude towards us.

“Instead of putting obstacles in our way, they are now offering a hand to help us climb over them.”