THE Bulls are already fielding inquiries for the coaching job as they wait to find out Geoff Toovey's intentions.

The Australian will sit down with the club next month when he returns from a break at home.

Toovey's current deal is understood to be up in the first week of November – when the squad are due to report back for pre-season training.

The club are keen to extend his stay but have been given no hint as to whether he would want to head the Bulls' bid for immediate promotion from League One.

Joint-owner Andrew Chalmers revealed that there has been interest in his position. But nothing will be followed up until the discussions with Toovey have taken place.

Chalmers said: "There are plenty of people that have put their head up out of the pack and the answer is the same. We're going to allow Geoff and ourselves the opportunity to have a chat."

James Davies, the 6ft 4in forward, was today confirmed as the 19th member of the 30-strong squad the Bulls are assembling for their third-tier campaign.

The former Hunslet Hawks player, who arrived at Odsal early last season after a trial, has signed a one-year deal.

Davies made 15 appearances in the Championship, all from the interchange, and scored one try in Toulouse in April. Yet he only appeared in one of the last six Shield games.

Davies said: "I owe this club a lot, as they have given me a chance to get back into the sport and they believe in me. It's time for me to give something back to them.

"I'm looking forward to having a pre-season with the team and being able to kick-start from round one. It was tough last year getting thrown straight into action."

Toovey has had a say with the player recruitment up to now and Chalmers insists that any uncertainty over the coach's position will not have an impact on pre-season preparations.

He said: "Pre-season commences November 1 and the planning is already in place. Geoff's expected back at the beginning of that month and that's something we were really conscious of.

"It's not the type of pre-season when you turn up and go to Costa's for a coffee. It's where you are being pushed through all the demands of what the coaching staff expect in terms of physical and squad development.

"I thought I was battle-hardened before I got here but I clearly wasn't. If you go into that competition taking clubs lightly, you do so at your own peril. We have set the bar very high and we need to start the right way."