Bradford Bulls are set to be without new signing Lee Gaskell for eight to 12 weeks due to a knee injury.

The 23-year-old former Salford Red Devils and St Helens stand-off suffered damaged knee ligaments during the opening moments of the Bulls’ 23-10 win at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on Thursday night, which was only his second appearance for the club.

Still reeling from the loss of prop Garreth Carvell and half-back Jarrod Sammut, who left during the club’s transfer of ownership, Bradford coach Francis Cummins may now have to step up his efforts to bring in new players, having already signed forwards Danny Bridge and Anthony Mullally on loan.Lee Gaskell

“We are bitterly disappointed for Lee,” Cummins said. “It is a big blow for us, that goes with saying.

“Injuries are very much part and parcel of our sport and Lee has been very unlucky, getting injured from the kick-off in only the second game of the season.

“However, on a positive note, we have a great medical team in place here and I know he is in good hands.

“With the right type of rehabilitation, I am confident he will be back in time to complete the majority of our campaign.”

State of Mind would like to wish Lee all the very best for a speedy recovery