ASHLEY Gibson reckons derby victory at Keighley is all in the mind for the Bulls.

The experienced centre has clocked up three tries in the opening two games after returning from a season-ending arm injury.

Now he is gunning for the Cougars in Sunday's eagerly-anticipated tussle – the first league clash between the teams since 1976.

Gibson insists coach John Kear will ensure the Bulls are fully focused on preventing their hosts pulling off an upset.

"Bradford are the big name for this league and it won't just be Keighley after us but every team," he said.

"We've got to be on our game every week and make sure we don't take anyone lightly.

"We know it's going to be pretty physical each week and prepare like we normally do.

"John will look after that. He's been around the game a while and he knows how to make sure we are in the right mindset.

"I worked with him at Wakefield and he's come in and just done similar stuff to what he did there. It's been a good transition.

"John has made sure everything is done professionally. Our aim is to go straight back up and we don't see ourselves as a League One team."

Gibson got a taste of the intensity the Bulls can expect from Cougar Park after the Bulls edged a fiery friendly at Odsal four weeks ago.

He said: "I didn't realise it was so long since the teams played in the league. But you saw last time in the friendly how much it meant to Keighley.

"It's a big rivalry and with the way the pre-season game went, it's going to be interesting on Sunday.

"We think a few games will go like that in the league this season and that's what we're going to have to deal with.

"It's going to be a big test for us going there because Keighley did pretty well against Toronto last year. We're going to prepare really well and take it pretty seriously."

Gibson ruptured his right bicep just two weeks after signing from Wakefield last season and surgery ruled him out of the remainder of the doomed Championship campaign.

But he has come back fully fit and firing and ready to roll up his sleeves for another physical duel in demanding conditions this weekend.

He said: "The arm has been fine. I had a couple of niggles with it but my body is feeling good over the last few weeks after getting back playing.

"Conditions are difficult at this time of the year and that makes it a bit of a level playing field. You've seen a few teams going up to Barrow and struggling.

"We know it's going to be tough – but we'll get in the right mindset to grind out the win."