IT’S been a very eventful week for the club as we build towards what will be a memorable season in 2020.

Where to begin? There can only be one place. We should start with last week's unforgettable encounter with Leeds. So much is said about how much sport can be divisive. People talk of tribalism, about one side vs another, one city vs another. And in some ways this can be accurate.

However, the reason I chose to devote my life and energy towards sport, and particularly rugby league, is because I believe fundamentally at its core and in its essence, sport brings us all together.

Never had this been more apparent and more pertinent than this past Sunday when two old bitter rivals gathered to honour two great men at Headingley Stadium.

Jamie Jones Buchanan and Rob Burrow both epitomise the spirit of rugby league and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Rob took to the field in the closing minutes.

The result is inconsequential, those who were there will carry the spirit of that match with them for the rest of their lives. This is the power of sport.

So I wanted to thank the army of Bulls supporters who played a full part in the event. Supporters of rugby league in its truest sense. Respectful and courteous as we know the club seeks to be.

In particular those who made the extra effort of walking to Headingley, a truly noble effort.

It should be noted how natural our club looks on the big stage and it is our job to make these occasions regular again.

Obviously there is a journey to be undertaken, and a considerable one at that, but that is our hope and intention. Every club goes through ups and downs and we have to make sure our next few moves are upwards, in every aspect.

If so, this could be a great few years for the Bulls. It is therefore key the supporters get behind the club in our temporary sabbatical from Bradford. This is the best way to ensure we get back, soon, and we get back stronger than ever.

This week we are in Dewsbury to face our gracious hosts Dewsbury Rams. This will be a very enlightening test for the squad as the season draws closer.

It’s also a chance for Bulls fans to see our new temporary home for the first time. No doubt the lads will want to get our tenure off on the right foot with a win and claim home field advantage over the Rams. Either way it will be a sea of red, amber and black at the Tetleys Stadium on Sunday.

The club also made news this week when we announced the naming of our honorary president Keith Mumby. There is an old joke about the man who needs no introduction, so he’s not going to get one, and may be that applies to Keith Mumby.

He truly does not need an introduction to Bulls fans of a Northern age! However, for the rest of us, Keith played 20 years for Bradford and is still the club's second highest points scorer at a whopping 1830 points.

No doubt he will do the club proud in his new role for the next two seasons. Congratulations Keith and thank you for consenting to perform these duties on behalf of your club.

I am also pleased to confirm that the club has entered into a dual registration partnership with Hull FC for 2020. This was a much-anticipated deal and will help the club be competitive throughout the year.

Hull FC have a strong squad and will no doubt add talent to our side. Hull coach Lee Radford has a strong affinity here at Odsal as indeed does John Kear at Hull. Hopefully the arrangements can work to both clubs’ advantage over the next 12 months.

Finally, if you like looking slick, you should stop by our club shop at Odsal and pick up our super stylish new away kit. It’s one of the best out there. Come on you Bulls!!!