Bradford Bulls chief hoping RFL decision could be just days away (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Bradford Bulls chief hoping RFL decision could be just days away
New Bulls supremo Ryan Whitcut will meet with the RFL this week as they await ratification over the club’s change of ownership.
Whitcut and new co-owner Mark Moore sent their business plan to RFL chiefs and are hopeful it could be rubber-stamped by Red Hall bosses this week.
Whitcut said: “We sent our business plan to the RFL last Friday and we are due for another meeting this week.
“They’ve had all our cash-flows, business plan and proof of funds, so we don’t foresee any problems whatsoever. We have budgets in place for the next five years.”
The ownership issue does not affect the club’s Super League status heading into 2014 – the final year of the three-year franchises before a proposed major restructure of the game.
“OK Bulls, the company that runs Bradford Bulls, has a Super League licence for 2014,” added Whitcut.
“The ratification is purely about the ownership of the club.”
Whitcut said work was continuing behind the scenes to hire new staff, negotiate with potential investors and sell season tickets.
The Bulls sold around 6,000 season tickets in 2013 but Whitcut said he was confident of smashing that figure for the coming campaign, with current sales around the 3,000 mark.
He added: “We’re not sat here scratching our heads waiting for the RFL to ratify us – we’re moving forward and we’re holding positive talks with sponsors and working proactively in many other areas.
“Season-ticket sales are currently above what we expected at about 3,000 and there are still three weeks left until the end of the early-bird deadline.
“Are we on course to break last year’s figure? Absolutely.
“We’ve made some great signings, such as Garreth Carvell, and we’ve got two other signings that we’re waiting to announce.
“We are now looking at our budgets now to see if we can strengthen the squad even more. Things are progressing really well.”
When asked if the Bulls would be spending up to the salary cap in 2014, Whitcut said: “The current budget is £1.9million and we haven’t yet spent up to that.
“But there is scope to add to the squad further should any players come to our attention during the World Cup.”
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