Bradford Bulls board reveal their ‘game-plan’ for future at fans' forum (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Bradford Bulls board reveal their ‘game-plan’ for future at fans' forum
YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU! Bulls chiefs are hoping to see season-ticket sales pick up fast now the club’s change of ownership has been approved
The Bulls’ new owners were last night presented to supporters as they spoke of restoring the club to its former glories.
In the first fans' forum since Omar Khan’s dramatic departure, Andrew Calvert, Ian Watt, Mark Moore and Ryan Whitcut addressed a packed Coral Stand.
Chief executive Robbie Hunter-Paul talked of the importance of capitalising on the strength of the Bulls’ brand as it was revealed that 2,691 season-tickets had been sold thus far.
Whitcut then told supporters: “The aspirations are quite simple – we need to be great on and off the field.”
He said concerts to be held at the Provident Stadium next year would be announced by the end of next month and spoke of improvements currently being made to the ground.
Whitcut added: “We are still talking to further sponsors and investors. It’s all about trying to bring us back to being the industry leader on and off the field.”
Each director then gave a brief resume of their roles and responsibilities as BedzRus boss Moore spoke of building the club’s merchandising and internet-based operation.
There was an admission that the recent delay over the RFL’s ratification in the change of ownership had hit season-ticket sales.
Finance director Calvert said with no little emotion: “We want to get back to where we used to be. This club has been a massive part of my life.”
Whitcut reiterated the Craig Kopczak affair was over, insisting that relations with Huddersfield remained strong despite the controversial move.
“It happened 14 months ago and we need to put it to bed,” he said, while revealing that the agreed settlement did not extend to loaning Huddersfield players.
Whitcut insisted the club’s relationship with the city’s Asian community remained strong, citing the strength of the relationship with sponsors Rajas and the number of Asian weddings at Odsal this year.
It was also revealed that Bullbuilder, the fans trust, could buy a stake in the club and take a place on the board, while Whitcut said the Bulls were keen to buy back the lease on Odsal from the RFL.
“It’s a major priority but it’s one for the future,” he said, while admitting that there was no prospect of clawing back the central monies forsaken when Khan took over the club last September.
Whitcut also talked of the investment in the club’s Tong training ground and said: “There are no excuses now – we want to see some results.”
Whitcut added that talks about bringing stock cars and speedway back to Odsal were ongoing but that “rugby was the main priority”.
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