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Gaskell out to topple Saints

Former St Helens man Lee Gaskell is determined to upset his old club when they take on resurgent Bradford Bulls at The Provident Stadium on Sunday.

The Bulls have endured a troubled season as Francis Cummins looks to overcome player losses and the club battles against the drop following a six-point deduction.

However, Bradford have been able to see some light at the end of the tunnel in recent weeks as they knocked Catalan Dragons out of the Tetley's Challenge Cup while the Bulls toppled Warrington Wolves 34-28 last time out.

St Helens will prove another stern test for the West Yorkshire club and the talented 23-year-old knows them well having spent over 10 years with the club.

"I really enjoyed my time with St Helens and still have a lot of friends there," Gaskell told the club's official website.

"St Helens is my hometown club and I spent over 10 years with them, which makes me even more determined to do well against them.

Experience

"I was at Saints from the age of 10 and played against them once last season, for Salford. It was a fantastic experience and I am expecting something similar on Sunday."

Gaskell has been switched stand-off to full-back in recent weeks and it is a move that is paying immediate dividends.

"Playing at the back gives you a bit of freedom to create things and offers some extra space to play," he said.

"I feel my positional play was a lot better against Warrington than it had been the week before against Catalan, which is pleasing.

"I have played full-back previously and I will continue to do so, if required, as it is a role I enjoy.

"I cannot explain how much I am looking forward to this weekend, playing against your former club is always something players relish."