BULLS games could be streamed for fans next season if crowds are still not allowed back into grounds.

That is one of the options being explored as Championship and League One clubs consider every way to get playing again.

The RFL have announced they hope to get the competition beneath Super League back in action in March – providing the effects of the pandemic have eased by then.

The Bulls aim to return to some form of training next week and chief executive Mark Sawyer insists clubs are doing all they can to get back on the pitch.

He said: “It’s all dependent on how the infection figures go over the next few months.

“We’re on a wing and a prayer going for any definite date. But at the same time, we’ve got to show the determination that we intend to return and are wanting to play matches.

“The problem is that the clubs haven’t got together as a whole and discussed it. It’s very much a case of the RFL collating this information over the next week or two to see where people are.

“It’s going to be 12 months since we last played any matches, which is an unbelievable period and we’ve a lot to do. But we’re going to look at every option.”

One of those could be to copy football’s example where fans pay to watch matches at home via the iFollow platform. Discussions are likely to take place with broadcasters Sky to assess whether that could be feasible.

Sawyer added: “Our preferred option of course would be that we can all return to watch matches and continuing enjoying our lives like before.

“But virtually everybody would agree that a streaming option would be much better than nothing at all.

“I think there is a market for it. Clubs have got to be ready and willing to play maybe two or three matches behind closed doors initially.

“It would be very difficult if we can’t get a crowd in and we can’t stream. I don’t know how that could stack up.

“What’s important for the fans to know is that we are looking at every single option to get this show on the road. There is a lot going on behind the scenes.”

The Bulls are planning to stage a virtual fans’ forum via Zoom for season-ticket holders early next month.

By then, John Kear’s squad hope to be back at Tong in some capacity. They are hoping the RFL will sign off their training plans as “COVID compliant” this week.

The Bulls will be the first Championship club to come back. “There’s a massive determination among everyone to try and get playing as soon as possible,” said Sawyer.