DAN Fleming is returning to the Bulls on a one-year deal.

The front-row forward previously played two seasons at Odsal in 2015 and 2016, making 21 appearances, before signing for the newly-formed Toronto Wolfpack.

He has played the last three years for Halifax and took up a brief trial spell at Castleford when Super League was allowed to resume this summer.

The Bulls coach knows Fleming well from working together internationally for Wales and is looking forward to having him on board at club level.

Kear said: “We are really pleased to have signed Dan. Obviously he has been at the Bulls before and he enjoyed his time at the club then.

“He has been to the likes of Toronto Wolfpack, Halifax RLFC and Castleford Tigers since and whenever he has played against us he has always caused problems.

“Obviously knowing him from our time together at Wales I know not only can he play a high number of minutes but also play at a very high level.

“He is an experienced player but at 28, he has plenty of time in front of him and he is in a good stage of his career.

“Dan knows that he will get good game time should his form warrant it but he will be good for the likes of Levy Nzoungou and Ebon Scurr too.

“He is a great example for them and he sits alongside Steve Crossley who has enjoyed a similar career path.

“We have a good blend in the pack and we are delighted to have Dan on board.”

Fleming becomes the 22nd player contracted for next year - and the seventh new face - as the Bulls wait to find out which division they will be playing in.

The application deadline for the 12th spot in Super League for 2021 is on Monday before the independent panel begin to assess the bids.

A decision on the lucky club is expected to be announced by the week before Christmas.

Bulls chief executive Mark Sawyer said: “If it’s a question of us not going up, then we’re more than happy with the squad for next year.

“John has total discretion on who he brings in and who goes out.

“He’s happy with who he’s got but knows we’ll need more if we step up a level. He’s got ideas where he can recruit those from.”

Leigh, Featherstone, York, London and Toulouse are also in the running for the vacancy left by the demise of the Wolfpack.

Sawyer added: “We’re highly realistic about our chances. There are other teams out there with as good a case as us for going up.

“The application process is not straightforward.”