Bradford coach John Kear says he still has ambitions to coach in Super League once more and sees no reason why it should not be in 2022 with the Bulls.
Bradford, who are four-time Super League champions, have been out of the top flight since 2014 and in December lost out to Leigh when it came to finding a replacement for Toronto in 2021.
Kear said: “I do fancy another go at Super League and I think this is the most feasible way of getting in there.
“It’s a heck of a challenge. This is going to be a marvellous competition if you look at the quality of players and there’s a real depth to the teams.
“I think you could make a really good case for nine or possibly 10 teams who fancy that top six.”
The club are currently ground-sharing with Dewsbury but hope to return to Odsal during the season, possibly coinciding with the return of fans to games towards the end of May, and Kear believes that will aid their cause.
He said: “The club is ready for Super League. We’ve got a really good infrastructure and I’m pretty convinced we’ll get back to Bradford at some stage within this season.
“Should that happen, I think the club is in a very healthy state, a state where we can get into Super League and challenge within Super League.”
The Bulls finished just outside the play-offs in the last full season in 2019 but Kear believes he has found the missing ingredient after reuniting himself with veteran half-back Danny Brough, who he coached at Hull and Wakefield.
Kear added: “We’ve got Danny Brough in to get us to the Grand Final and, when we’re in the Grand Final, we’ll look at winning it.”