JOE Keyes has given Bradford Bulls a massive boost after his loan was extended by a further month.

The Hull KR half-back has made an instant impact since returning to Odsal with 40 points in his two appearances against Batley and Oldham.

Keyes helped himself to a hat-trick of tries and nine goals from 10 attempts in the 54-22 win at Bower Fold last time out.

Previously, he enjoyed a winning comeback in Bulls colours with five kicks in the home victory over Batley.

Keyes’ input has been crucial for John Kear’s side who remain without the injured first-choice duo Danny Brough and Jordan Lilley.

“It is testament to Joe how he’s handled the pressure,” said Bulls assistant coach Mark Dunning.

“He was great before he left for Super League and has fitted straight back in with the boys. We are delighted to keep him.

“It’s a good bunch who look after each other. The banter is harsh at times but they get their arms round each other.

“It has allowed everyone who’s come in to integrate.

“We have had some tough injuries in tough times at key positions but testament to the players, they have reacted well.

“With some of the long-term injuries nearing a return over the next couple of weeks, we should see some people back on the field.”

Centre or wing Jack Sanderson, out with an ankle injury since early in the season, returned to running in training last night.