Diskin set for Bulls return
Mick Potter is hoping to keep Bradford's Super League play-off dream alive when the Bulls host Hull KR on Friday night.
Potter was named Super League coach of the year after guiding Catalan Dragons to a third-place finish in 2008 and he took St Helens to the Grand Final in each of his two seasons at Knowsley Road before moving to Odsal.
But the Australian says masterminding Bradford's first top-eight finish for four years would give him the greatest pleasure of all because of the trauma the team have gone through over the last four months, culminating in the loss of six competition points.
"For me it would be an achievement above and beyond what I thought the players were able to do," he said.
"I thought just getting in the eight without the points deduction was going to be a good achievement - some experts were tipping us to finish last - so it would be right up there with some of the stuff that happened over at the Catalans."
The Bulls are still gripped by uncertainty as they await the outcome of the latest takeover bid, and although the players have continued to receive their wages throughout the crisis, Potter says it has had an unsettling effect.
"It's been such a drawn-out process and so draining for the players," said the coach, who - along with his assistants Francis Cummins and Lee St Hilaire - is continuing to work unpaid after being made redundant.
"They don't talk about anything else when they're together. I'm not sure if they continue that once they go back to their families but it's a big part of their lives. It just saps the energy out of you.
"It's hard with the situation that's bubbling in the background for them to feel good about their rugby league but they're a credit to themselves and their families.
"The coaching staff also need a big rap for how they've stayed positive and how they've helped me stay positive in this situation. Francis and Lee are coming in more than they should be.
"I've had more satisfying days this year than I did last year as far as results and the way the players are striving to do their best."
The Bulls' points deduction enabled Hull KR to leapfrog them in the table into eighth place but victory on Friday would draw them level with the Robins with three games left of the regular season.
"It seems like it's going to happen every week from now on and potentially it brings out the best in everyone, although hopefully not Hull KR," Potter added.
"It's an opportunity to go for another week because we're playing the team directly above us and it either levels us or it sends them away from us.
"The game will have a massive impact this weekend. It should make for a fantastic game."
Bradford hooker Matt Diskin has recovered from a dislocated shoulder sustained at the Magic Weekend in May and is set to replace Danny Addy, while winger Jason Crookes is also hoping for a recall after being out since March with a shoulder injury.
Hull KR, meanwhile, have prop Jordan Cox back from a four-month injury lay-off in place of Joel Clinton, who pulled a hamstring in the defeat by Leeds, while stand-off Blake Green and centre Jake Webster remain sidelined and Craig Hall and Con Mika will undergo late fitness tests.