BULLS are expected to unveil John Kear as their new coach this afternoon.

A press conference has been called at Odsal where the 63-year-old is widely tipped to be announced as the successor to Geoff Toovey.

Having been in talks with the club, it is understood the hugely-experienced Kear has been offered a three-year deal to take over.

Kear was contracted at Wakefield for next season as their head of rugby, although it is thought the Super League club won't stand in his way as he is keen to return to a more hands-on coaching role.

A long-term opportunity with the Bulls could represent one last hurrah for the man who took Sheffield Eagles and Hull FC to Challenge Cup glory.

Paul Anderson, Jon Sharp and Neil Kelly were among the names that strongly featured in the running to fill the gap left by Geoff Toovey’s departure.

But it is believed that a couple of candidates have pulled out of contention in recent days.

Leigh Beattie is currently in charge on an interim basis as he was last season before Toovey was finally granted his visa to work in England.

The Bulls will also be revealing their assistant coach at tomorrow's press conference along with their club captain.

Meanwhile, the club have extended the early-bird deadline by another week until 5pm on Saturday.

The fans day, which was postponed last week due to bad weather, will now take place this Sunday between 11am and 2pm. The first-team squad will be on hand – as well as the new man in charge.