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Bradford Bulls get probationary Super League licence
2:56pm Friday 14th September 2012 in News
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- The RFL Board of Directors has awarded a one-year probationary licence to Bradford Bulls which will allow the club to remain in a 14-team Super League for 2013.
Both said they are raring to go on getting on with setting up the club structure and developing Odsal.— @HannahP_TandA 14 September 2012
Plenty more reaction in tomorrow's T&A!— @HannahP_TandA 14 September 2012
Omar Khan said he was "over the moon" to secure Super League status, while Gerry Sutcliffe said it had been a "torturous process".— @HannahP_TandA 14 September 2012
great news!bradford bulls are in the superleague next season!the bullettes will be back!! #COYB #bradfordbullettes— @thebullettes 14 September 2012
Lovely chat covering everything from SL reaction, season tickets, on-pitch aspirations and a tribute to Trevor Foster.— @HannahP_TandA 14 September 2012
Get in! Bradford Bulls kept in super league— @joshrobinson77 14 September 2012
Say no more...
4:15pm Fri 14 Sep 12
Really pleased to hear that Bradford Bulls have kept their place in Superleague, at least for another year— @sledgey 14 September 2012
Bradford Bulls stay in Super League. Excellent now leave us alone— @HerbieDacious 14 September 2012
@Lukebeadle @HannahP_TandA what the long term future plans— @mazrich37 14 September 2012
We'll be running a full story on the site later and with all the latest developments and a round-up of the day's events in tomorrow's edition of the T&A.
@HannahP_TandA How about who is going to re-sign from the out of contract players now we're safe? Bateman would be a great start. Thanks— @RobRushforth 14 September 2012
3:38pm Fri 14 Sep 12
monkey belly says
when do we announce big nas staying.
Proud to hear@gerrysutcliffemp and omar have secured Bulls in Superleague #great4bradford #celebrate— @CllrRalphBerry 14 September 2012
Gerry Sutcliffe and Omar Khan a blustery Odsal. Will be speaking to them about today's news in a second. http://t.co/ONNunKUd— @HannahP_TandA 14 September 2012
Apparently there may be a season ticket announcement imminent...
Buy it! It's good!
Big interview with Mick Potter in Saturday's T&A on the Bulls staying in Super League....— @rosshtanda 14 September 2012
Still waiting to speak to Omar and Gerry. Anyone got any questions they'd like me to ask Bradford Bulls' owners?— @HannahP_TandA 14 September 2012
From earlier today: Mick Potter waves goodbye to the Bulls
“I was always going to return to Australia and I feel that now is the right time for me to go and I have recommended Francis Cummins as my successor. “He has worked with me throughout my time at the club and in my opinion will become a very good first-team coach. “I have enjoyed my time at the Bulls and the supporters and people at the club are second to none. “I feel too that, despite circumstances beyond our control, the team, through the rugby league we played, showed a lot of character in the midst of terrible adversity. “(New owners) Omar Khan and Gerry Sutcliffe have come in and rescued the club and were keen for me to stay for a longer tenure and I made it clear to them that my decision has nothing to do with their purchase of the club. It has been the things that have happened over the previous five months that have caused my decision. “I will be watching Bradford Bulls with a lot of interest from Australia and it goes without saying that I wish them every success in the future.”Mick Potter
3:17pm Fri 14 Sep 12
And now Super League will have to change the criteria for the next licensing bidding so that Bulls can stay in longer.
Bet the bit about not been in admin recently is removed, but there again OK Bulls have never been in admin. :)
Bulls in SL for at least another year! Fingers crossed we can be just as competitive as this year if not more!! #bradfordbulls— @DazHindle 14 September 2012
Spoke to Gerry Sutcliffe as he walked into the office. He confirmed they received a call from the RFL with the news at 1.30pm today.— @HannahP_TandA 14 September 2012
Gerry Sutcliffe & Omar Khan, who arrived at Osdal in separate taxis minutes apart, are discussing the news privately at the moment.— @HannahP_TandA 14 September 2012
The decision of the RFL’s independent Board of Directors was relayed to Bradford Bulls and the sport’s other member clubs earlier today and ends the uncertainty that has surrounded the structure of both Super League and the Championship competitions in recent months.
Bradford Bulls remain in Super League for at least another year... Too right! @officialBullsRL #rugbyleague— @RossFiddes 14 September 2012
Keep watching these live updates and also follow our on-the-spot reporter Hannah Postles on Twitter at @HannahP_TandA
Before the announcement bumped into Mick Potter, who has announced he's leaving Odsal to return to Australia. Wished him luck!— @HannahP_TandA 14 September 2012
Bradford Bulls remaining in the Super League, fantastic news. Great work from Omar, Gerry and all involved with the take over...#coyb— @craigy_73 14 September 2012
RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood said: “This is a very positive development which provides stability for all the clubs in Super League and the Championship and allows the sport to approach next season with even greater confidence.
“The Board deliberated long and hard and took into consideration the many views of the sport’s various constituents before reaching a decision which we believe is in the best interests of the whole game.
“The new owners of Bradford Bulls are to be congratulated on their foresight in
purchasing a club which we always knew was a very attractive proposition. Their investment in Bradford Bulls is a vote of confidence in Super League.
“A probationary licence allows us to closely monitor the performance of Bradford Bulls next season and develop a view on what direction we take in future years. That direction will be framed
by the ongoing strategic policy review that we
expect to present to clubs in the first half of 2013.
“The probationary licence also precludes the need for a mini-licensing round, which the overwhelming majority of clubs accept was impractical given the timeframes involved. “The RFL Board and Executive will continue to work with all member clubs to build on the terrific progress we have experienced in 2012.”
More from the press release: "Bradford Bulls were reinstated as full members of the RFL earlier this week after the club’s new owner provided all the financial information required for the governing body to complete its due diligence process."
Our reporter Hannah Postles is at Odsal waiting to speak to Omar Khan and Gerry Sutcliffe about their reaction to the news.