ROSS Peltier has spoken of his excitement as he prepares to pull on the Bradford jersey for the first time since October – having been named in John Kear’s 19-man squad for the Featherstone Rovers clash.

The prop last featured in the red, amber and black in last year’s Betfred League One play-off final victory over Workington Town – prior to international action for Jamaica.

A shoulder injury sustained in training led to a lengthy lay-off following surgery but looks poised to make his return in the mouthwatering all-West Yorkshire battle.

With Featherstone seeking revenge following a tight season-opening encounter which the Bulls won 17-16 – the Bradford-born forward is looking forward to a special Challenge Cup fixture.

“It feels like a really long time ago (Workington Town play-off final) the last time I pulled on a Bulls shirt, I am itching to do it again,” said Peltier.

“November was my last competitive game, that was for Jamaica – it has been a long road back but I am happy to be back.

“It will be a fast, dry track and now I am able to put my hand up and make an impact off the bench which is what I am all about.

“We beat Featherstone in round one and that was a very close game – we want to progress and hopefully get a big draw at Odsal.

“We feel we can beat Featherstone again and do the double and the Challenge Cup is always a special occasion and John will get us fired up.

“Watching on while I have been injured the boys have done really well, they have dug deep and anybody can beat anybody in this league – the race for the play-offs will go down to the wire.

Peltier’s return coincides with Colton Roche’s arrival at the Bulls to bolster the forward pack ahead of a busty Easter schedule.

The duo last linked up in a Bradford jersey in 2017 and Peltier is excited at what Roche’s arrival means for the club moving forward.

“Colton is a big aggressive boy – he plays at 100 miles an hour and puts 130 per cent into everything he does and gives us a great option.

“He is strong, he is quick and dynamic and he can play long minutes, he is a really good player and a great addition for us.

“His arrival and my return gives us more options, he throws his body about and with Easter coming up, he is an exciting signing.”