REMEMBER the days of reaching five Grand Finals on the trot and regularly facing Leeds in fiery derbies?

These times are forged in the memory of one local lad, currently wearing the famous red, amber and black loud and proud.

Brandon Pickersgill was only eight-years-old when Bulls lifted their fourth and unfortunately last Super League trophy, but he thinks a return to the promised land could be on the cards very soon.

Bradford are one of six clubs competing for that 12th spot in the Betfred Super League which was vacated by Toronto Wolfpack due to their refusal for re-entry earlier this month.

Although, Pickersgill was sad to see what happened to Toronto, the full back would love to represent his hometown back in the big time.

The academy product said: "If I was to play in Super League for Bradford it would be a dream come true for me.

"The spot became available, and for Bulls it would be silly not to enter. We have got a massive following and support.

"There is nothing the players and coaching staff can do but if it was to be Bradford, the city would be buzzing.

"There are a lot of teams there that would flourish is Super League. Whoever does go up they will give it a good go.

"Growing up, I remember all those times when Odsal was packed out. Travelling away and making all the noise in the Grand Finals too.

"As a Bradford lad, those Leeds derbies stick out like a sore thumb. It was special times and good memories.

"The fans would come back for Super League. It would be unbelievable.

"One team has got to get it so I think we have got every chance.

"It would be great to play Super League and even greater to do it with Bradford."

John Kear's men have been back in training now for a month, albeit mainly to gain fitness as restrictions limit the amount of ball work which gets done.

Nevertheless, Pickersgill is just glad to be back amongst his 'family' after using his time off productively.

The Bradfordian added: "It’s like a big family so after a few sessions it was like we have never been away. It was good to see all the boys again and the coaching staff.

"It was crazy times. I remember that Wakefield game (in the Challenge Cup on March 14) and we thought we would be back in two weeks. Eight months later, we haven’t played a game since.

"I had time to knuckle down with my studies which was great, usually rugby takes over. I was able to finish my (Sports Coaching) degree.

"I tried to keep as fit as I could, road running and using the few weights I have at home."

A return to Odsal is also on the mind, no matter what division Bulls end up in for 2021.

Pickersgill said: "Dewsbury has been great for us to go there and sort our finances out and stabilise the club.

"Going back to Odsal would be great and I want that. Sooner we are back at Odsal, the better."