DALTON Grant reckons the Bulls' hectic pre-season programme is bang on the number.

The Welsh winger admits a schedule featuring five friendlies is new for him – but he knows it will give John Kear the perfect opportunity to name his best team for the opening League One clash with York next month.

Grant said: "It's the most friendlies I've ever played at a club. But I understand John wants to rotate the team and see who's going to be best in different positions and give the youngsters a chance to push up.

"I'm not too sure what the team is going to be for Dewsbury next but we've got depth in numbers in the squad. It's another good game to see who's going to perform well.

"I know John has given everyone squad numbers but I've been around for a while now and I know they don't mean anything.

"I've had high numbers in the past and stuff like that. It doesn't make any difference. You've just got to work well in these friendlies and get yourself a starting jersey for the first game of the season."

Grant scored the decisive try as the Bulls claimed their second warm-up win by beating Sheffield 12-6. He took advantage of a fluffed kick by former Odsal winger Iliess Macani, whose attempted hack clear rebounded into the in-goal area.

"It was a scrappy try – I don't know what he was thinking when he kicked the ball," said Grant.

"But as John said, in the league we're in it is going to be scrappy. If it wins us games and gets us promoted, that's what we need.

"It was a good test for us. Sheffield had a strong squad out and we stepped up to the mark.

"We played Halifax on Boxing Day and they had a young team. I wouldn't say it was a walk in the park but it wasn't a hard, aggressive game.

"On Sunday it was nice to see the boys really getting an arm-wrestle and that's what we needed. We have a young squad and it's good to get that under our belt."