THE Bulls are ready to make Dewsbury their new home – in the visiting dressing room.

John Kear’s side this weekend play their first game of the year at Tetleys Stadium, which will be their base for the 2020 Championship campaign.

Sunday’s friendly at the Rams offers a valuable opportunity to settle into the surroundings. They also aim to make the away changing room their own.

Kear said: “We’ll use the away dressing room and that will be our home one.

“We’ve worked it out with Dewsbury, who have been great.

“It sounds daft but that is going to be our dressing room throughout all our fixtures there. We want it to become familiar to the players so it becomes ours.

“We’ll have our paraphernalia on the wall, which we obviously take down when Dewsbury are playing there.

“But it’s very important we make it feel like our home.

“You’ve got to feel familiar and comfortable in your home games and we’ve got to create that at Dewsbury.

“The opposition have got to feel they are in a bit of a hostile environment and don’t really know what to expect. That’s what we intend to try to do.”

Kear has already been instilling the mindset into his players as they prepare for playing conditions far tighter than they have been used to at Odsal.

The Bulls coaching staff have had the squad working in narrower measurements at training to acclimatise to the different dimensions before the season opener against London Broncos on February 2.

Kear added: “It’s been pretty repetitive. I’m sure the players are sick of me saying it and sick of some of the drills we’ve been doing.

“But we’ve been practising to play an efficient game at Dewsbury.

“It’s 90 metres long, a short field and a narrow one with the fans right on top of you.

“It’s the exact opposite of Odsal, where it’s long and wide and the fans are a long way off.

“We’re trying to negate any transitional problems we have with how we are practising. We’ll only see against London if we’ve got it right.”

Sunday is the first of two warm-up games at Dewsbury before they host the Broncos. The Bulls face York next weekend.

“We’re trying to nail how we play there,” said Kear. “If we do that, with the fans right on top of you there making it a great atmosphere, it can become a bit of a fortress.

“That’s part of our aim before hopefully we return to Bradford in great shape.”