Elliott Whitehead has made it clear he has no intention of joining Salford – leaving Catalan Dragons as his most likely destination.
Salford are the only club to have met the Bulls’ asking price for the homegrown second-rower but he is apparently unwilling to join Super League’s bottom side.
Neither Whitehead nor his agent, Andy Clarke, have made any comment on the situation but Bulls general manager Ryan Whitcut said: “Elliott has made it clear through his agent that he does not want to join Salford.
“I spoke to Catalan Dragons about Elliott on Monday but there has been nothing since then.
“We’ve not agreed terms with Catalan and I don’t believe Elliott has either. Until that happens he remains a Bradford player.”
Whitehead held face-to-face talks with Francis Cummins last Friday but there was no reconciliation and he looks certain to have played his last game for the club.
On the current impasse, Whitcut added: “Elliott is a player with a very promising future in front of him but if this carries on it is not going to help his career.”
Meanwhile, it has been revealed that Jacob Fairbank has returned to Huddersfield after his loan spell.
Fairbank made two appearances off the bench in the win against Salford and the Magic Weekend defeat to Huddersfield before a calf injury kept him out of the last two matches.
Manase Manuokafoa and Adrian Purtell are poised to return in Sunday’s home clash with Widnes but Jarrod Sammut and Chev Walker are set to remain sidelined along with Jamie Foster.