JAMEL Goodall has begun the countdown to Boxing Day to start fulfilling his childhood dream.

The former Cougars utility player cannot wait for his first chance to impress the Odsal public and is eyeing a debut for his new club against Halifax on Tuesday.

It is the first of five pre-season friendlies for John Kear’s Bulls and Goodall is eager to get stuck in.

The Jamaican international said: “Fingers crossed I’ll be playing in the Boxing Day game.

“I’d like to think that I will be able to get selected and prove myself to the right people to get in that team.

“I got into rugby after watching Bradford Bulls as a young lad. So for me to be down at Tong training where some of the greats have been is a dream come true.

“If you said to me back when I was eight that I’d be doing this when I was 20, I would have bitten your hand off. It’s a great opportunity for me.”

Goodall is among the growing number of part-time players in Kear’s squad and feels he has slotted in well.

He added: “I’m really enjoying it. There are a lot of faces that I recognise from playing with over the years and they have really made me feel welcome.

“A lot of the older boys like Steve Crossley and Dane Chisholm are providing the right input and support for a younger player like myself.

“For those players who are on the part-time (deals), it helps out because they also have their full-time jobs like myself.

“I work so it provides more opportunities for me to be at a great club like Bradford.”

Meanwhile, former Bulls winger Omari Caro has joined League One rivals London Skolars.