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Bradford Bulls will battle to avoid points loss
Bulls chief executive Robbie Hunter-Paul last night vowed the club would work with creditors in order to avoid a possible Super League points deduction.
The Bulls announced yesterday that they had completed a change of ownership from OK Bulls Ltd, the company established by former owner Omar Khan and placed into administration, to Bradford Bulls 2014.
The club were docked six points following their previous spell in administration during the tumultuous 2012 campaign, which denied them a place in the play-offs.
Previously Wakefield and Crusaders were docked four points when they entered administration after the Rugby Football League directors took into account the new owners’ willingness to pay off some of the debts to creditors.
The Bulls’ directors say they will work with creditors, which would work in their favour when they meet RFL bosses next week – where the club’s change of ownership should be ratified by Red Hall chiefs.
Hunter-Paul said: “We are confident we will take a good case to the governing body, which will allow us to compete on a level playing field come the start of the season.
“Obviously we are aware that the RFL must pay due diligence when situations like ours arise. I would like to thank them and all other important stakeholders for their continued support.”
RFL director of licensing and standards Blake Solly said the board of directors would base their decision on the club’s willingness to pay off creditors.
“The primary concern for the board is that clubs do not receive an unfair advantage by leaving creditors unpaid through the administration process,” confirmed Solly.
BullBuilder, the supporters trust who set up a hardship fund for club staff affected during the Bulls’ previous administration, said their relaunch this week would not be affected by yesterday’s news.
Spokesman Mike Farren said: “While we are only aware of the facts that are in the public domain, we note the club’s statement that Bradford Bulls will continue to operate as normal.
“BullBuilder was formed to support Bradford Bulls and in particular their young players. We have done so through several changes of ownership and will continue to do so.
“More than ever, there is a need for a way for the supporters to have a collective voice and collective influence. BullBuilder, as an organisation with a strong track record in both good and bad times, can provide just that.”
Francis Cummins’ players are in action at the Provident Stadium tomorrow when they host Castleford in their third and final pre-season friendly.
They face the same opponents on home soil in their Super League opener a fortnight later.
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