‘Exciting’ Bradford Bulls deals set to be revealed

Robbie Hunter-Paul has paid tribute to the Bulls’ staff, players and coach Francis Cummins for their hard efforts during the current period of financial uncertainty

Robbie Hunter-Paul has paid tribute to the Bulls’ staff, players and coach Francis Cummins for their hard efforts during the current period of financial uncertainty

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Robbie Hunter-Paul is hopeful a resolution over the Bulls’ ownership is imminent as he revealed a number of “exciting partnerships” would be announced next week.

The long-running saga over the club’s future appears to be drawing towards a positive conclusion after it was announced on Thursday night that a deal had been struck in principle over their ownership.

Hunter-Paul said he was looking forward to driving the Bulls towards a successful future alongside directors Ian Watt and Andrew Calvert and former chairman Mark Moore.

The Bulls chief executive, who paid tribute to the club’s staff, players and coach Francis Cummins for their hard efforts during the period of uncertainty, said: “As testing as the past few weeks have been, I have remained confident that all stakeholders were working, and negotiating, with the club’s best interests at heart.

“(On Thursday) we issued a statement which revealed that an agreement had been reached, in principal.

“The devil is in the detail, which is being pieced together as we speak, and should come to a conclusion, hopefully, very soon.

“Following Thursday’s outcome we can now focus on the running of this famous club, without distraction. It allows us to continue working towards getting this club back to where it belongs.”

Hunter-Paul said the efforts of the club’s commercial staff would bear fruit with the announcements that would be made next week related to sponsorship.

The former Bulls star said: “Next week the hard work will come to the fore as we announce a host of exciting partnerships ahead of the new season.

“Together, in terms of sponsorship, they make for the highest-value playing jersey in the history of Bradford Bulls.”

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7:03am Sat 11 Jan 14

bullsone03 says...

Good news onwards and upwards looking forward to reading more good news next week looking forward to the season it is a big up yours to those who wanted us to fail coyb
Good news onwards and upwards looking forward to reading more good news next week looking forward to the season it is a big up yours to those who wanted us to fail coyb bullsone03
  • Score: 29

9:00am Sat 11 Jan 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

bullsone03 wrote:
Good news onwards and upwards looking forward to reading more good news next week looking forward to the season it is a big up yours to those who wanted us to fail coyb
Who wanted you to fail?
Some can't see all many were doing were is getting the truth into the public domain.
Lets face it signing players like Carvell weeks before massive debts were announced was sending out messages all were good when clearly they weren't and if the club had carried on like that unquestioned they may not be in existence today.
[quote][p][bold]bullsone03[/bold] wrote: Good news onwards and upwards looking forward to reading more good news next week looking forward to the season it is a big up yours to those who wanted us to fail coyb[/p][/quote]Who wanted you to fail? Some can't see all many were doing were is getting the truth into the public domain. Lets face it signing players like Carvell weeks before massive debts were announced was sending out messages all were good when clearly they weren't and if the club had carried on like that unquestioned they may not be in existence today. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: -24

9:26am Sat 11 Jan 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

bullsone03 wrote:
Good news onwards and upwards looking forward to reading more good news next week looking forward to the season it is a big up yours to those who wanted us to fail coyb
no one on here wants the Club to fail far from it; we just want the Club to be run again in a way that is going to return it to the status that it once had and should have again.

We want transparency and not to be fed lies on how great it all is when as has been proved it was and still is a complete mess.

We have been running on fumes since last May when the club run out of money and if these deals are better than the last token efforts that were announced then that will be great news for the long suffering players who are the victims in all of this.
[quote][p][bold]bullsone03[/bold] wrote: Good news onwards and upwards looking forward to reading more good news next week looking forward to the season it is a big up yours to those who wanted us to fail coyb[/p][/quote]no one on here wants the Club to fail far from it; we just want the Club to be run again in a way that is going to return it to the status that it once had and should have again. We want transparency and not to be fed lies on how great it all is when as has been proved it was and still is a complete mess. We have been running on fumes since last May when the club run out of money and if these deals are better than the last token efforts that were announced then that will be great news for the long suffering players who are the victims in all of this. fedupwiththeBS
  • Score: 3

10:01am Sat 11 Jan 14

bully4us says...

Oh, I think there are one or two who clearly get over excited when bad news is given out and they spend all day on here trying to show how clever (they think) they are. To say nobody on here wants the Bulls to fail is pushing it a little and memories are failing for some.

I just hope that next week we aren't given news about new money coming into the club followed by news of more players leaving. That wouldn't go down well with supporters. I do get a slight feeling though that things are starting to look better. These new directors do seem to be very canny when it comes to money. They have been slated on here by some for only running medium size businesses but in my book anyone who does that in today's climate and makes a profit has done well. They may turn out to be the best people for the Bulls right now apart from a mega rich person. We now need Robbie to start bringing in money as that is what he was employed for originally. I think if we start the season with this squad we will keep them as the club gets it's full money back next November.
Oh, I think there are one or two who clearly get over excited when bad news is given out and they spend all day on here trying to show how clever (they think) they are. To say nobody on here wants the Bulls to fail is pushing it a little and memories are failing for some. I just hope that next week we aren't given news about new money coming into the club followed by news of more players leaving. That wouldn't go down well with supporters. I do get a slight feeling though that things are starting to look better. These new directors do seem to be very canny when it comes to money. They have been slated on here by some for only running medium size businesses but in my book anyone who does that in today's climate and makes a profit has done well. They may turn out to be the best people for the Bulls right now apart from a mega rich person. We now need Robbie to start bringing in money as that is what he was employed for originally. I think if we start the season with this squad we will keep them as the club gets it's full money back next November. bully4us
  • Score: 28

10:09am Sat 11 Jan 14

bullsone03 says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
bullsone03 wrote:
Good news onwards and upwards looking forward to reading more good news next week looking forward to the season it is a big up yours to those who wanted us to fail coyb
Who wanted you to fail?
Some can't see all many were doing were is getting the truth into the public domain.
Lets face it signing players like Carvell weeks before massive debts were announced was sending out messages all were good when clearly they weren't and if the club had carried on like that unquestioned they may not be in existence today.
My score was at 2 earlier so someone is not happy with the news some people on here call them trolls so like I said its a big up yours to all that want the us to fail
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bullsone03[/bold] wrote: Good news onwards and upwards looking forward to reading more good news next week looking forward to the season it is a big up yours to those who wanted us to fail coyb[/p][/quote]Who wanted you to fail? Some can't see all many were doing were is getting the truth into the public domain. Lets face it signing players like Carvell weeks before massive debts were announced was sending out messages all were good when clearly they weren't and if the club had carried on like that unquestioned they may not be in existence today.[/p][/quote]My score was at 2 earlier so someone is not happy with the news some people on here call them trolls so like I said its a big up yours to all that want the us to fail bullsone03
  • Score: 8

11:07am Sat 11 Jan 14

bully4us says...

Why does TVOR say "you to fail"? Wouldn't a Bulls fan say "us"? Seems strange as when talking about the Bulls I and thousands of others say "us" as a group of supporters.
Why does TVOR say "you to fail"? Wouldn't a Bulls fan say "us"? Seems strange as when talking about the Bulls I and thousands of others say "us" as a group of supporters. bully4us
  • Score: 17

11:14am Sat 11 Jan 14

graz smith says...

In my opinion we should be saying a big thank you to all concerned in the negotiations to get a resolution to the clubs issues yes and that dose include the RFL.
I don’t think for one minute that the hard work is over yet but the future dose look good for us, all we can do now is to do are part and get behind the club and get to as many games as we can and support the club at the turnstiles.
COM’ON YOU BULLS.
In my opinion we should be saying a big thank you to all concerned in the negotiations to get a resolution to the clubs issues yes and that dose include the RFL. I don’t think for one minute that the hard work is over yet but the future dose look good for us, all we can do now is to do are part and get behind the club and get to as many games as we can and support the club at the turnstiles. COM’ON YOU BULLS. graz smith
  • Score: 14

11:21am Sat 11 Jan 14

BCFC1234 says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
bullsone03 wrote:
Good news onwards and upwards looking forward to reading more good news next week looking forward to the season it is a big up yours to those who wanted us to fail coyb
Who wanted you to fail?
Some can't see all many were doing were is getting the truth into the public domain.
Lets face it signing players like Carvell weeks before massive debts were announced was sending out messages all were good when clearly they weren't and if the club had carried on like that unquestioned they may not be in existence today.
Could be worse,we could be getting average crowds of 14000, losing 3/4 of a million in the current year and just sold the crown jewel to a smaller club just down the road.
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bullsone03[/bold] wrote: Good news onwards and upwards looking forward to reading more good news next week looking forward to the season it is a big up yours to those who wanted us to fail coyb[/p][/quote]Who wanted you to fail? Some can't see all many were doing were is getting the truth into the public domain. Lets face it signing players like Carvell weeks before massive debts were announced was sending out messages all were good when clearly they weren't and if the club had carried on like that unquestioned they may not be in existence today.[/p][/quote]Could be worse,we could be getting average crowds of 14000, losing 3/4 of a million in the current year and just sold the crown jewel to a smaller club just down the road. BCFC1234
  • Score: 0

12:04pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Alhaurinrhino says...

Rumour is you are to become a feeder club for Dewsbury.
Rumour is you are to become a feeder club for Dewsbury. Alhaurinrhino
  • Score: -22

5:24pm Sat 11 Jan 14

raisemeup says...

Alhaurnirhino wrote:
A FORMAL APOLOGY...

Dear Bulls Fans,
For a number of months now i have been posting thoughtless bile on this page. I've taken pleasure in adding to the genuine frustration of clearly passionate fans going through even harder times than Leeds did when they went a hundred years without a trophy.
The truth is, Bulls Fans, I'm battling some pretty serious demons. On one hand I'm a "recently acquired" (glory) fan of Leeds. On the other hand I find myself increasingly drawn to Jamie Fosters bottom. It's all I can look at on derby days.
I'm unsure exactly what this means, but for all my drivel please know that your club grows ever nearer to my heart and I cannot carry this conflict with me anymore.
If Diskin, Walker and Scruton can be welcomed with open arms, maybe I can too?!?
Perhaps not. Perhaps it's too late for me....

Goodbye forever, and COME ON YOU BUUUUUUUUUUULLS!!!!!

!!!
Never say never has always been a motto of mine?
Players and supporters have always been drawn to both clubs, ie JP and BMcD plus Jimmie Lowes of course, and their loyalties are often as strong with both or even multiple clubs.
But as far a JFs bum, that's a bridge too far? Although that in no way is meant as a critique of said rear end, I tend to be more interested in it if it's well in front of the opposition with the try line beckoning?
[quote][p][bold]Alhaurnirhino[/bold] wrote: A FORMAL APOLOGY... Dear Bulls Fans, For a number of months now i have been posting thoughtless bile on this page. I've taken pleasure in adding to the genuine frustration of clearly passionate fans going through even harder times than Leeds did when they went a hundred years without a trophy. The truth is, Bulls Fans, I'm battling some pretty serious demons. On one hand I'm a "recently acquired" (glory) fan of Leeds. On the other hand I find myself increasingly drawn to Jamie Fosters bottom. It's all I can look at on derby days. I'm unsure exactly what this means, but for all my drivel please know that your club grows ever nearer to my heart and I cannot carry this conflict with me anymore. If Diskin, Walker and Scruton can be welcomed with open arms, maybe I can too?!? Perhaps not. Perhaps it's too late for me.... Goodbye forever, and COME ON YOU BUUUUUUUUUUULLS!!!!! !!![/p][/quote]Never say never has always been a motto of mine? Players and supporters have always been drawn to both clubs, ie JP and BMcD plus Jimmie Lowes of course, and their loyalties are often as strong with both or even multiple clubs. But as far a JFs bum, that's a bridge too far? Although that in no way is meant as a critique of said rear end, I tend to be more interested in it if it's well in front of the opposition with the try line beckoning? raisemeup
  • Score: 2

7:05pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Parz says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
bullsone03 wrote:
Good news onwards and upwards looking forward to reading more good news next week looking forward to the season it is a big up yours to those who wanted us to fail coyb
Who wanted you to fail?
Some can't see all many were doing were is getting the truth into the public domain.
Lets face it signing players like Carvell weeks before massive debts were announced was sending out messages all were good when clearly they weren't and if the club had carried on like that unquestioned they may not be in existence today.
And what great truth did you actually unveil to us all?
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bullsone03[/bold] wrote: Good news onwards and upwards looking forward to reading more good news next week looking forward to the season it is a big up yours to those who wanted us to fail coyb[/p][/quote]Who wanted you to fail? Some can't see all many were doing were is getting the truth into the public domain. Lets face it signing players like Carvell weeks before massive debts were announced was sending out messages all were good when clearly they weren't and if the club had carried on like that unquestioned they may not be in existence today.[/p][/quote]And what great truth did you actually unveil to us all? Parz
  • Score: 19

7:38pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Pablo says...

Another of Robbie Paul's "exciting" announcements!!!

We wait with bated breath, Robbie.
Another of Robbie Paul's "exciting" announcements!!! We wait with bated breath, Robbie. Pablo
  • Score: -20

12:32am Sun 12 Jan 14

hx3bantam says...

Why drip feed the BS? If you've got some good news - tell them! They could do with it for God's sake! If it isn't finalised then say nothing until it is or it doesn't come to fruition. The way they treat the fans like children at Christmas is pathetic.
Why drip feed the BS? If you've got some good news - tell them! They could do with it for God's sake! If it isn't finalised then say nothing until it is or it doesn't come to fruition. The way they treat the fans like children at Christmas is pathetic. hx3bantam
  • Score: -15

12:24pm Sun 12 Jan 14

audal says...

I notice that the broncos have acquired a super league stadia at long last capacity=5,100 well done red hall
I notice that the broncos have acquired a super league stadia at long last capacity=5,100 well done red hall audal
  • Score: 4

1:18pm Sun 12 Jan 14

expatbull says...

Pablo wrote:
Another of Robbie Paul's "exciting" announcements!!!

We wait with bated breath, Robbie.
Id worry about your own club the Bantams seems like they have their own money troubles selling best player .club no ambition, board lining pockets so its said on other social media sites.
Nip back to your bolt hole on Bantams forum Ive left a few things for you.
Perhaps i might start trolling on there like you do here sure your mates will love that.
IF YOU HAVE ANY.
[quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: Another of Robbie Paul's "exciting" announcements!!! We wait with bated breath, Robbie.[/p][/quote]Id worry about your own club the Bantams seems like they have their own money troubles selling best player .club no ambition, board lining pockets so its said on other social media sites. Nip back to your bolt hole on Bantams forum Ive left a few things for you. Perhaps i might start trolling on there like you do here sure your mates will love that. IF YOU HAVE ANY. expatbull
  • Score: 13

4:59pm Sun 12 Jan 14

raisemeup says...

hx3bantam wrote:
Why drip feed the BS? If you've got some good news - tell them! They could do with it for God's sake! If it isn't finalised then say nothing until it is or it doesn't come to fruition. The way they treat the fans like children at Christmas is pathetic.
What a somewhat ridiculous post..you obviously don't know the first thing about communication..peopl
e have been given tangible good news for a week. Of course it's done in a modular form, because that's how things happen over a protracted negotiation.
Unless of course you are applying a sarcastic slant on the fact that we are over the moon with all the positives that are now coming our way.?????
[quote][p][bold]hx3bantam[/bold] wrote: Why drip feed the BS? If you've got some good news - tell them! They could do with it for God's sake! If it isn't finalised then say nothing until it is or it doesn't come to fruition. The way they treat the fans like children at Christmas is pathetic.[/p][/quote]What a somewhat ridiculous post..you obviously don't know the first thing about communication..peopl e have been given tangible good news for a week. Of course it's done in a modular form, because that's how things happen over a protracted negotiation. Unless of course you are applying a sarcastic slant on the fact that we are over the moon with all the positives that are now coming our way.????? raisemeup
  • Score: 12

11:06pm Sun 12 Jan 14

bradfordbronco says...

Parz wrote:
Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
bullsone03 wrote:
Good news onwards and upwards looking forward to reading more good news next week looking forward to the season it is a big up yours to those who wanted us to fail coyb
Who wanted you to fail?
Some can't see all many were doing were is getting the truth into the public domain.
Lets face it signing players like Carvell weeks before massive debts were announced was sending out messages all were good when clearly they weren't and if the club had carried on like that unquestioned they may not be in existence today.
And what great truth did you actually unveil to us all?
The only great truth I think TVOR actually told us was, a few weeks back when he told us the return or something hadn't been sent in yet. It was subsequently sent in, but he seems to believe that he was the one person who actually understood the Bulls were having financial problems. The truth is the rest of also KNEW it. We knew it years ago after the Harris saga, We knew it when the crowds dropped off, we knew it when Hood wanted donations to keep the club afloat. We knew it when we went into admin, we knew it when the only guy prepared to take the club on, also told us he didn't have any money and would need the fans support (Which he didn't get enough of). We knew it when players were getting paid late.

TVOR actually believes he was the only person who knew it. But what do you expect from someone who actually calls themselves THE voice of reason. He is actually under the illusion that only HIS voice makes any sense and that everybody else's opinion is worthless or irrelevant. That's the sort of mentality we are dealing with here. You can't argue with someone who thinks that they and only they are THE voice of reason
[quote][p][bold]Parz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bullsone03[/bold] wrote: Good news onwards and upwards looking forward to reading more good news next week looking forward to the season it is a big up yours to those who wanted us to fail coyb[/p][/quote]Who wanted you to fail? Some can't see all many were doing were is getting the truth into the public domain. Lets face it signing players like Carvell weeks before massive debts were announced was sending out messages all were good when clearly they weren't and if the club had carried on like that unquestioned they may not be in existence today.[/p][/quote]And what great truth did you actually unveil to us all?[/p][/quote]The only great truth I think TVOR actually told us was, a few weeks back when he told us the return or something hadn't been sent in yet. It was subsequently sent in, but he seems to believe that he was the one person who actually understood the Bulls were having financial problems. The truth is the rest of also KNEW it. We knew it years ago after the Harris saga, We knew it when the crowds dropped off, we knew it when Hood wanted donations to keep the club afloat. We knew it when we went into admin, we knew it when the only guy prepared to take the club on, also told us he didn't have any money and would need the fans support (Which he didn't get enough of). We knew it when players were getting paid late. TVOR actually believes he was the only person who knew it. But what do you expect from someone who actually calls themselves THE voice of reason. He is actually under the illusion that only HIS voice makes any sense and that everybody else's opinion is worthless or irrelevant. That's the sort of mentality we are dealing with here. You can't argue with someone who thinks that they and only they are THE voice of reason bradfordbronco
  • Score: 18

9:28am Mon 13 Jan 14

expatbull says...

audal wrote:
I notice that the broncos have acquired a super league stadia at long last capacity=5,100 well done red hall
super league stadia criteria dropped by SL teams and Red Hall more emphasis on on field activity.
[quote][p][bold]audal[/bold] wrote: I notice that the broncos have acquired a super league stadia at long last capacity=5,100 well done red hall[/p][/quote]super league stadia criteria dropped by SL teams and Red Hall more emphasis on on field activity. expatbull
  • Score: 0

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