Super League: New Bradford Bulls signing Lee Gaskell settling in well at his new club
Lee Gaskell believes Bradford can make the play-offs this year after Francis Cummins convinced him to join the Bulls.
Last Updated: 31/01/14 4:15pm
The 23-year-old rejected overtures from other top-flight sides to move to the Provident Stadium, signing a two-year deal to end his long association with hometown club St Helens.
Gaskell actually began the previous campaign as one of Saints' starting half-backs, but ended it on loan to Super League rivals Salford City Reds.
He admits the temporary move allowed him get some matches under his belt and he's now determined to help his new employers to success, particularly as they haven't been involved in the post season since 2008.
"I enjoyed my time at Salford. It set me up nicely," Gaskell told Sky Sports.
"I got the game time I needed and I liked playing there. I think I needed that. I hadn't played that much the year before and I think that gave me the know-how again to play at Super League level.
"I had a few offers, but I met with Francis and he just sold it (Bradford) to me. He spoke really well about how well the club was going. From the first day I met him I thought this was the place I wanted to be.
"I think we can easily make the play-offs. The players we have here and the players that have been bought in - people like Gaz Carvell, Ade Henry, Luke George and Dale Ferguson - I think we can all contribute to this side.
"They already had great players anyway, so I think it's only upwards from here for the Bulls."
Integrating into his new surroundings has been made easier for Gaskell by the presence of former Saints colleague Jamie Foster, though he has quickly become accustomed to life with the Bulls.
"I've settled in better than what I thought I would," he said.
"It's made it a lot easier that I travel across with a couple of the other lads, so you get that bond. Plus the boys who are here are very easy going.
"I didn't realise how close-knit they were. I think that's good, it showed in the friendly against Hull in how well we played against the team.
"We stuck together and dealt with what happened on the pitch. We can't deal with what's happening off it."