Bradford look to end season on high

Bradford boss Steve McNamara wants his team to end their season on a high despite the play-offs looking out of their reach.

The Bulls host Salford at the Grattan Stadium this Sunday with both team’s seasons effectively over. Bradford still have an outside chance of making the top eight, but will be reliant on a number of unlikely results.

McNamara said: “We have said we want to finish the season off as the form team and we have won our last three and we get another opportunity to play again this week and we’ll push onto our last game and see what happens after that. We have said for a few weeks that going any further is not in our hands and that will apply this week and probably next.”

“The thing with Salford is that there is no threat of relegation and they can’t make the Top Eight so there is a lot of freedom for them to play with.  Certainly they have been very good in their last three games. That goes to show that they are in decent form and playing with that freedom.

“We have been playing in a similar vein for the last few weeks, with less anxiety but apart from that we haven’t been doing too much different to how we have played all season. We have probably been just a little more consistent over the full eighty minutes and a few things have gone our way and sometimes that’s all it takes to turn things around.”

Former Bulls star Robbie Paul looks likely to play his final Super League game at the Grattan Stadium – the Salford hooker will join relegation-haunted Leigh Centurions in the Championship next season.

McNamara added: “Robbie deserves a mention also in terms of the fact that he’s coming back to the Grattan Stadium probably for the last time – certainly as a Super League player – and he has been synonymous with the success this club enjoyed over a number of years. Certainly he was a great player to play alongside and when I came back as Assistant Coach he was very good for me. So we wish him all the success for the future.”

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