BULLS could be a Super League team by tomorrow lunchtime, if they are the team chosen by an independent panel to take Toronto's place in the competition.

Yet it is only two years ago since Bulls were playing their rugby league in the third tier, for the only time in their history.

It was quite a season for John Kear's side, involving a dramatic top-of-the-table tussle with York, a surprise bogey team in the shape of Workington, and trips to some real outposts, like Coventry, Hemel Hempstead and Llanelli.

So, while Bradford wait in hope of having their first top-flight season since 2014, we thought we'd go the other way, and look at 10 memorable games from a truly unique 2018 season, where the world-famous Bulls had to go up the hard way from League One.

ROUND 1 (York 20 Bulls 22)

Bulls came up with a real statement victory on the opening day against their only real title rivals, York.

A Kieren Moss try gave the Knights an early lead, but scores from Ashley Gibson, Elliot Minchella and Steve Crossley put Bradford well in command just after the break.

But two Joe Batchelor tries brought the scores level at 18-18. A Connor Robinson drop goal put York ahead, before Joe Keyes edged Bulls in front with a penalty.

Robinson's second drop goal looked to have sealed the Knights a point with two minutes left, but Keyes landed a long-range penalty on the hooter to seal a thriller.

ROUND 6 (Workington 17 Bulls 16)

Bulls were unbeaten going into this clash, but they made a woeful start against Leon Pryce's side.

Caine Barnes pounced on a defensive mix-up to score, with Greg Tansey's boot making it 10-2 to Workington.

A Keyes penalty and a Ross Peltier try meant the scores were level at the break, before Jake Butler-Fleming put Bradford 16-10 up early in the second half.

But with Dane Chisholm off the field for a second yellow card, Elliot Miller drew the Cumbrians level at 16-16.

And Tansey held his nerve to nail a drop goal with two minutes left to seal a famous Workington victory.

ROUND 9 (Bulls 124 West Wales 0)

West Wales failed to get a point all season, so this was always going to be a case of how much Bulls could win by.

And they ran riot at Odsal in this one-sided encounter. Minchella and Matt Garside scored hat-tricks, while 13 different players crossed for a try.

The 124-0 final scoreline is Bulls' club record victory.

ROUND 11 (Hemel 0 Bulls 68)

Kear memorably referred to this game as "coaching a team down there in the middle of a park", which showed just how far Bulls' stock had fallen.

But they did not let the bizarre surroundings affect them, romping to a 68-0 win in Hertfordshire.

Dalton Grant and Minchella both crossed the whitewash twice, as Bradford picked up their second shut out in three weeks.

ROUND 13 (Whitehaven 20 Bulls 27)

Bulls nearly came unstuck in Cumbria once again, but this time they had the final say.

Two Keyes tries and four goals from Chisholm had helped Bulls into a 21-14 lead, but a 76th minute converted try from substitute Josh Eaves pulled the hosts back to within one.

Fortunately, a last-gasp score from hooker Vila Halafihi wrapped up those hard-earned two points.

ROUND 18 (Bulls 28 York 30)

Since that opening-day defeat to Bulls, York had only lost once more, 26-18 at Whitehaven, so they moved back level with John Kear's side with this win.

Bradford were absolutely dreadful in the first half, and a stunned Odsal watched them fall 24-0 behind with just 28 minutes on the clock.

Grant pulled a score back before the break, before three tries in five second half minutes from Gregg McNally, Peltier and Ethan Ryan had the visitors sweating.

A converted try from Judah Mazive gave York some breathing space, but Chisholm knocked over a late penalty before Grant's second try pulled the hosts back within two.

Chisholm failed to snatch Bulls a battling draw, as his last-gasp conversion attempt went wide.

ROUND 22 (Bulls 18 Workington 24)

That defeat needn't have been too costly, with Bradford maintaining top spot on points difference.

But on the home straight, Bulls blew their title chances. Despite tries from Minchella and Chisholm, Bradford could only go in level with Workington at the break.

Garside's converted score early in the second half gave Bulls a six-point lead, but Pryce and his side came back to haunt them once again.

In a poor final half-hour, Bulls conceded to Jamie Doran and Sean Penkywicz, crashing to a disastrous 24-18 home defeat.

ROUND 25 (Oldham 16 Bulls 24)

Bradford did not cover themselves in glory in their penultimate game of the regular season. They were 10-0 down early on, but bounced back with four converted tries to lead convincingly at the break.

But despite the home side having a man sent off early in the second half, Bulls failed to score another point, and even conceded a late try to Craig Briscoe.

They would have to play a lot better in the play-off semi final against the same opponents a fortnight later...

PLAY-OFF SEMI (Bulls 47 Oldham 0)

York won their final regular season game 32-14 against Whitehaven to seal the title, meaning Bulls had to settle for a play-off spot.

But they did not sulk, and put in a wonderful semi-final performance at Odsal to dismantle Oldham.

Minchella and Ryan both went over twice as Bulls clicked into gear in spectacular fashion in their biggest game of the season to that point.

Surely no-one could stop them gaining promotion now?

PLAY-OFF FINAL (Bulls 27 Workington 8)

But wouldn't you know it? The play-off final pitted Bradford against their Cumbrian nemesis, who had won at Odsal less than two months earlier.

An early Garside yellow card did not derail Bulls, and tries from Jy Hitchcox, George Flanagan and Joe Keyes put them 12-2 in front at the break.

But neither Keyes nor Chisholm could find their radar from their kicking tee, and Miller's converted try after 52 minutes pulled Workington within four.

Hitchcox's second gave Bradford some breathing space, and when Fuifui Moimoi was sent off late on, it was game over.

Hitchcox, for his hat-trick, and Chisholm both scored tries in the final 10 minutes to seal Bulls' dramatic return to the second tier.