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Bradford Bulls fans can help make 2014 a season to savour
Omar Khan believes the Bulls will be a force to be reckoned with next year as he urged supporters to snap up season tickets ahead of a pivotal 2014 campaign.
Sunday’s home defeat at the hands of London Broncos marked a year to the day since Khan stepped in to save the club and was unveiled as their new owner.
It has been 12 months of rebuilding after the wreckage caused by last year’s financial crisis, which saw the Bulls enter administration and flirt with oblivion.
Khan and co-chairman Gerry Sutcliffe have predicted a bright future at the Provident Stadium, with Francis Cummins’ squad set to be significantly stronger next term.
Garreth Carvell, Dale Ferguson, Luke George and Lee Gaskell will all come on board ahead of a season in which the two teams who finish bottom will be relegated.
Khan said: “We have made four superb signings for next year and the club have invested like never before in staff and equipment.
“We’ve learnt some lessons from these first 12 months in charge but we’re looking forward to next season in a very positive manner.
“We’ve fought hard to get where we are and we’re going to fight even harder to improve on that.
“We have an outstanding core of loyal supporters but I would urge fans to come on board in even greater numbers next season as we look to show the rest of Super League what Bradford Bulls are all about.”
Sutcliffe stressed that support from fans and potential investors was vital to enable the club’s progress to continue.
The Bulls sold around 6,500 season tickets for the current campaign after hoping to smash the 10,000 mark.
But prices have been frozen for 2014 and on Sunday a ‘Belong’ campaign was launched to drive sales.
The Bulls are aiming to sell 1,000 season tickets before Saturday’s final-day home clash with Huddersfield and Sutcliffe said: “It has to be about the fans supporting the club.
“We want to get new investors on board, which we are trying to do, and have invested time in terms of trying to make sure the fans have a say in things going forward.
“We said when we took over that it would take two to three years to turn the club around and we’re now one year in.
“I think there is a positive tick against these first 12 months but we need to build on that.
“We’re doing that with one hand tied behind our back because we’re only getting half the Sky money from the RFL for these first two years.
“But we’ve made significant progress and we need the support of fans to help us to reach the next level.”
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