BULLS head coach Mark Dunning already likes what he has seen from Jacob Gannon, just a week after the prop joined on loan from Warrington.

And it was a much-needed move for Bulls, who were left reeling by the sudden departure of front-rower Dan Fleming to Featherstone, a move Dunning called “out of the blue”.

On his new boy, Dunning said: “We brought Jacob in as he fits the model of player we’re looking at for the future.

“He’s energetic and athletic, and he wants to get back to playing in Super League again, which impresses me.

“He’s had a good first week and hopefully he’ll keep executing what we’re after while he’s here.”

Gannon was brought in a day after Fleming moved to Fev, with Dunning saying: “It was very much a shock.

“He’s had a turbulent year with injury and he worked hard to get back in contention much earlier than we expected after his pectoral operation.

“It was out of the blue his move to Fev, and I’m not 100 per cent sure what their offer was for him.

“But he’s discussed it with family, decided it was the right move, and he goes with our thanks for what he did for us.”

The squad is in limbo, and Dunning said: “It does make it harder, not knowing our playing budget for next year.

“There’s some who know they’ll be leaving, and others who want to stay and sit down for talks with us.

“But we have the responsibility, as players and coaches, to do our best for the club while we’re here.”

Dunning confirmed AJ Wallace would return for tomorrow’s Summer Bash clash against Halifax, having been given permission to miss last week’s game at Barrow to attend his father’s wedding.

Winger Liam Tindall is also back on dual-registration from Leeds, while George Flanagan Jr is rested, with Dunning insisting the club have to manage his transition from junior to senior rugby.