FORGET about rugby – that’s the message for the Bulls players now.

John Kear’s squad are undergoing their debrief this week to sign off the 2021 Championship campaign.

And once they have gone through the individual rights and wrongs of the season, the players will be told to go away and unwind.

Kear said: “We are doing our reviews this week and one of the things I’m telling the players is to clear off, get away on holiday if they possibly can and forget all about rugby league for a couple or three weeks.

“Then we’ll give them all individual plans to prepare so they are good to come back for pre-season.

“There comes a time when we’ve just got to put rugby league in a box and forget it for a few weeks.”

The Bulls finished fifth – their highest placing since 2016 – but were knocked out in the first round of the play-offs at Batley. They ended the season with four successive defeats.

“The players are tired and I can understand why,” added Kear.

“It’s been mentally tiring as well as physically because it was all stop-start at the beginning.

“We’ve only played 20 odd games but with everything else going on it has felt like such a long season.”

Former Warrington forward Samy Kibula this week became the 17th player signed up for next year as Kear strengthens for a promotion push.