BULLS are set to close applications for their vacant head coaching role this Sunday, according to chairman Nigel Wood.

Mark Dunning has been in interim charge since the end of April, with John Kear departing by mutual consent after just over four years at the helm, following a defeat to Featherstone.

Dunning is keen to take on the role himself, and in his three games so far, he has overseen wins against Whitehaven and Newcastle, as well as a defeat to York.

Based on the latest statement from Wood and the club, he will at least have the Jubilee Bank Holiday clashes against Widnes and Featherstone to further prove his credentials.

But he faces stiff competition for the role, with Bulls saying: "The recruitment process for the head coach position is proceeding as planned.

"The club has had terrific interest from a number of high quality applicants, from both the UK and overseas.

"The club have accordingly imposed a closing date for applications of Sunday, June 5, as a couple of CVs are still being submitted, after which a board subcommittee will interview those chosen to be on the shortlist.

Wood added: "We have been impressed by the quality and the calibre of a number of well-known coaches from both sides of the world.

"It goes without saying that this is a very important appointment for the club and our selection process needs to be thorough and rigorous.

"We are in a fortunate position that we continue to be in safe hands under interim head coach Mark Dunning, affording us the opportunity to run a thorough recruitment process.

"We have committed to absolute confidentiality to be fair to all concerned and while we absolutely want to keep supporters up to date and informed, we hope everyone will understand that we won’t be delivering a running commentary.

"Anyone still wishing to apply for the position can email our CEO Jason Hirst on Jason.hirst@bradfordbulls.co.uk in the strictest confidence.

"We will provide a further update in due course."