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Bradford Bulls chairman Gerry Sutcliffe to challenge RFL over lack of TV money
Gerry Sutcliffe tonight spoke of his desire to challenge the RFL over central funding the Bulls are currently set to forfeit next year.
The club’s honorary chairman and owner Omar Khan addressed supporters in the latest fans' forum at Odsal, where a wide range of topics were discussed.
They included strengthening the squad with at least one new prop and a reaffirmation that Bulls coach Francis Cummins would have the full salary cap at his disposal.
It was revealed that the club have sold around 2,500 season tickets so far but hoped to sell up to 10,000.
But Sutcliffe revealed his frustration at the manner in which the RFL had dealt with the club’s change of ownership.
He said: “It’s no secret that we’re not happy about having to forfeit the television monies but that’s one of the things that kept us in Super League.
“We will be attending a meeting of Super League clubs in Cumbria on November 7-8 and we’ve had the minutes from the last meeting.
“We can see which other clubs were supporting the Bulls and which were not. It's clear there's an opportunity for us to put a wrong right and we will report back after this meeting.”
Sutcliffe added that the RFL had not made it clear what conditions were attached to the club’s one-year probationary Super League licence.
It was also confirmed that a number of exciting sponsorship deals are in the pipeline and set to be announced next week.
Meanwhile, Luke Gale will miss the England Knight’s Alitalia Cup encounter with Scotland in Edinburgh on Sunday after picking up an injury to his left ankle in training yesterday.
The Bulls scrum half impressed during last week’s opening game against Ireland and will undergo a scan on Monday to assess the extent of the injury.