TORONTO are the example the Bulls aim to follow this season, says John Kear.

The sides met at Odsal last night in their penultimate friendly, with Toronto winning 34-0.

The Wolfpack are building up to a first crack at the Championship after breezing through League One last year.

Kear admits they have set the standard that the Bulls must match to bounce straight back from the third tier.

The head coach said: “They are very much what we are aiming for. Toronto were the ones that everyone was trying to bring down.

“They showed how you should approach and managed it – obviously we’d like to do the same or do it even better.”

The Bulls have been installed as 4-9 red-hot favourites for the League One title with competition sponsors BetFred. Oldham, who were relegated alongside them, are the closest rival at 9-2.

Yet Kear insists Bradford will not fall into the trap of thinking promotion is guaranteed.

He said: “It’s going to be challenging because there are good sides in there – Keighley, York, Workington, Whitehaven and Oldham, who also came down from the Championship.

“It’s a very tough division indeed and we’re aware of that. That’s why we are preparing so thoroughly.”

Several Toronto players are expected to arrive at Odsal as part of the dual-registration agreement set up between the two clubs.

But Kear has not got his eye on anyone so far and said: “There are no names at all. I’m still learning a great deal about the squad I’ve got. We’re still developing along that way.

“But obviously it’s a nice failsafe to have and, running the reserves again now, I’ve no doubt there will be Toronto players in there as well as ours to keep them ticking over.”