ROSS Peltier feels like a “new signing” as he plots a Bulls return by Easter.

The big forward is yet to feature in the Championship campaign after surgery to repair his shoulder over Christmas.

But he is starting to join in again with some training drills and believes his comeback is not far away.

Peltier said: “The shoulder is getting there and I’m back training with the boys now doing limited contact. I can do most things now, so it’s pretty much healed up.

“I had the time of my life training the other day – it felt so good joining in with the lads and in the mix again.

“Normally I’m just running up and down the pitch by myself. I didn’t see some of the part-time lads for months because I was in and out before them.

“It’s been a long wait. The last game I played was in November in America (for Jamaica).

“I had a good campaign last time in the Championship, although we got relegated, and I just want to prove my worth.

“I want to build on last season. I got in the team of the year in League One and my aim is to do the same in the Championship.”

John Kear has pencilled in Peltier for the Easter weekend double-header against Halifax and Barrow when resources will be needed for two games within three days.

Peltier, though, has his eye on the Challenge Cup fifth round the previous week – providing the Bulls come through unscathed at Cougar Park on Sunday.

“The Easter period is always notorious for tired bodies and it will only help if I can put my hand back up to play,” he added.

“It will feel like a new signing when I’m back playing because I’ve been out so long. It seems like forever since I last played at Odsal.”

The Bulls can see some light at the end of the tunnel with the injuries that have dogged them in the opening couple of months of the season.

Rowan Milnes came back earlier than expected against Leigh and Dane Chisholm hopes to be back in contention in the next few weeks.

As Peltier continues to step up his recovery, he can see the squad coming back together.

He said: “It’s been crazy. I’ve never known that many half-backs get injured at that one time.

“Rowan Milnes and Chissy (Dane Chisholm) were gone for how many weeks, then Jordan Lilley has a really good game against Batley and he got the worst dead leg I’ve seen.

“We’ve also had a few of the forwards out with Callum Bustin and myself. But as the weeks go on and people start coming back, we’ll just get stronger.”