ERIC Perez believes John Kear is keeping his powder dry before finalising his 2020 squad.

While the Championship season is now underway, the interim chairman says Bulls' recruitment is not yet complete.

Kear has added seven new faces but Perez confirmed "there is still a little bit left in the tank" regarding squad strengthening.

The Canadian insists the head coach is remaining patient while the first few games of the campaign play out.

"As we said from the outset of this new era, John’s got certainly not the biggest budget in the competition this year but he has a decent budget," said Perez.

"We’ve made some good partnerships with Hull and Leeds. He will decide when and who he brings in. I think he’s playing the waiting game on that."

Bulls are preparing for a tough clash at home to Featherstone on Sunday, having had their game called off at York on Sunday due to Storm Ciara.

That came after a narrow defeat at home to relegated London Broncos on the opening day of the season.

Kear has welcomed the difficult start to the fixture list as providing a realistic yardstick by which to measure his squad. As well as the dual registration partnership with Hull, Bulls are thought to have a couple of loan options from Leeds as part of the deal which saw Rhys Evans move to Rhinos.

Perez said: "We’ve got to get a feel of where we’re at. It didn’t help that we didn’t play this week but if you look at our last couple of games against York and then London – we beat York in pre-season and gave London a good old go and I think we’re still evaluating where we are at and where we need to plug in holes.

"As we get used to the surface and the new playing style, don’t expect not to see any signings or any movements – I think that will happen.

"To give an actual time frame on that, I couldn’t, but I will say there is still a little bit left in the tank. Let’s see what John wants to do with it."

Perez regards his role at Bulls as 'an honour and a privilege' but confirmed he is due to step down as interim chairman within the next few months.

The club are expected to appoint a chief executive in April, while the Canadian will turn his attention back to launching Ottawa Stags, who plan to enter League One next season.

For now, Perez remains focused on helping the Bulls in their bid to return to Bradford following their move to play at Dewsbury Rams this season.

He said: "That is 100 per cent the goal. It's early days to see whether we will be able to achieve it next year or the year after but we are pushing for next year and I think everyone involved at the club, everyone in the city, everyone in the council, everyone at the RFL, believes that we deserve to be and we should be within the Bradford city limits.

"There are many steps that will need to be taken to make that happen and those talks and those movements will be key in the next two to three months because we’re going to have to get something done in the next few months if we’re going to make it happen, so all I can tell you is we are going ‘full on’ on that."