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Robbie Hunter-Paul hits ground running at Bradford Bulls
Robbie Hunter-Paul says plans are well underway to lay the foundations for a bright new era at the Bulls.
It was announced earlier this week that Omar Khan had relinquished control of the club and would depart immediately along with fellow directors Gerry Sutcliffe and Vipin Joshi.
General manager Ryan Whitcut and local businessman Mark Moore were named as the new owners, although the Rugby Football League will spend the next two to three weeks assessing their credentials and scrutinising business plans before the deal is ratified.
But newly-appointed chief executive Hunter-Paul has already hit the ground running and said: “What we will be developing over the next few weeks are brand new structures to make sure everything comes together in a full strategic plan for the next three to five years.
“There is obviously the short-term plan of making the business self-sustainable and then making it profitable in the longer term.
“Again we have to function with only half the allocation of Super League money, so we have to take that into account and be a little more honest with ourselves.
“By that I mean setting achievable benchmarks and working towards those, taking into account all our stakeholders – our suppliers, supporters, sponsors and our internal staff.
“Everyone needs to be pulling in the right direction because the club is effectively the hub of the community. With the ‘Belong’ campaign, 2014 is the perfect year to achieve that.”
Hunter-Paul applauded the continued involvement in the club of Kate Hardcastle, who will remain as a non-executive director.
“What we’re going to achieve through Kate will give us a unique selling point as a business and she is another strong weapon in her armoury,” he said.
“What Kate brings to the party is absolutely brilliant because it’s not only her charity work, which is great for the ‘Belong’ campaign, but her time and her network of contacts, which is so important.
“I think she really added to what we delivered this past year but going forward her work will develop as part of a wider strategy moving ahead.”
Meanwhile, Whitcut said talks with potential investors were progressing well and revealed: “We’re in a really good place with them.
“Some of them are away at the moment but we’re due to hold talks with them in the next few weeks.
“We’re very hopeful that it will bear fruit – but I must stress we are not reliant on outside investment.”
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