GEOFF Toovey's position will finally be made clear as the Bulls prepare to begin their pre-season fitness programme.

Joint-owners Andrew Chalmers and Graham Lowe are due to sit down for talks in New Zealand this week ahead of the squad's return to Tong.

Chalmers has been in Australia, where he is scouting World Cup games for potential recruits for the 2018 League One campaign.

It is also thought that he caught up with Toovey to discuss what the coach has decided to do next.

Toovey's one-year contract at Odsal is due to expire early next week, which coincides with the players kicking off their fitness and conditioning work at the training ground.

Chalmers has stressed that the Australian's situation will not impact on the plans drawn up for the next couple of months.

But fans are desperate to hear if the NRL legend will opt to stick around for the chance to bring the Bulls straight back up after last season's relegation from the Championship.

The club agreed to give him time back home to consider his options.

According to Chalmers, Toovey has been consulted on the heavy recruitment that has taken place since the campaign finished just over six weeks ago.

There will be two new faces, Aaron Scholes and Matt Dukes, heading the club's conditioning work. Scholes was previously the academy sports therapist and has worked with Scotland Rugby League and Bradford City.

The players will be in briefly this week to be "walked through" their pre-season schedule before the real fitness work starts on Monday.