THE RFL will look for a more permanent solution after granting the Bulls permission to play on a smaller pitch for their Odsal return.

The playing surface has been narrowed to make room for the stock-car racing, which is now back at the stadium after a 24-year absence.

The traditionally wide pitch dimensions have been reduced to below the minimum requirements – although they are only couple of metres narrower than Dewsbury, the club's temporary base since quitting their home in the city.

The Bulls are understood to be the one of several Championship clubs who have been given some form of special dispensation on pitch issues.

The RFL have given their approval for the back-to-back home games against York and Newcastle as they consider making more long-term modifications for the club beyond that.

John Kear insists his players will have no issue with the pitch constraints.

He said: "We were consulted about it and my answer was that I'd sooner play on a narrow pitch at Odsal than an ordinary one elsewhere.

"If that's what it takes (to come back) then we'll play on it. We'll worry about it in the fullness of time.

"Of course, we'll prepare for it properly as we did when we trained on a 4G pitch last week before the London game.

"We'd just about learned to play the Dewsbury pitch and now we're upping sticks and moving home. But we're happy to do that."

The Bulls announced on Monday they were returning to Odsal for the first time since September 2019.

A crowd limit of 4,000, including all season-ticket holders, has been imposed for the clash with the Knights on Sunday – and the club are expected to sell out before the end of the week.