No more player departures, says Bradford Bulls chairman Mark Moore

Mark Moore has paid tribute to Bulls fans

Mark Moore has paid tribute to Bulls fans

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Bulls chairman Mark Moore today insisted there would be no further player departures following the club’s change of ownership yesterday.

After OK Bulls Ltd was placed into administration, Bradford Bulls 2014 will now run the club with Moore, Ian Watt, financial director Andrew Calvert and chief executive Robbie Hunter-Paul on the board of directors.

Frank Winterstein’s contract with the Bulls was cancelled before he had played for the club but Moore said the rest of Francis Cummins’ squad would remain intact.

Moore said: “Yesterday provided a brand-new beginning for this famous club and I am delighted to announce that there is no longer an appetite to make player sales.

“We have in the past held talks with other clubs about a few of our players, but prospective deals never came to fruition for one reason or another.

“However, none of that matters now. As of today, our first-team squad is ring-fenced and no-one is for sale.

“I am extremely confident in the ability of the players present within Francis Cummins' squad and I believe they are capable of competing at the very least this term.

“This is by some way the most exciting team this club has had for a number of years and I am proud to say that.

“The way in which the team performed, while at full strength against Hull FC earlier this month, was hugely impressive and certainly raised a few eyebrows among members of the media.

“That display epitomised what we are going to be all about in 2014 and it was great to see.

“I cannot wait for tomorrow's visit of Castleford Tigers. It is our final dress rehearsal ahead of what promises to be one of the most exciting Super League seasons in the history of the sport.”

Moore also issued an  apology for a story on the Bulls’ official website which claimed the club would start the season without a points deduction.

The story was quickly taken down after contact from the RFL, who insisted that no decision had yet been made on any possible sanctions to the Bulls’ following the club’s administration.

The RFL’s board of directors are set to meet next week to decide on what action, if any, will be taken against the Bulls as they seek to avoid a points penalty.

Moore, who said the club would work with creditors, added: “I made my first mistake, by having a misunderstanding of the due process needed to guarantee starting the Super League equally with all other clubs.

“As we have publicly stated, we would be working with creditors of OK Bulls Ltd and I wrongly perceived that this would guarantee us starting the season without a points deduction.

“It was quickly pointed out to me that first the governing body has the responsibility to follow a due process and undertake a thorough investigation, for which we will be completely compliant and will assist in every way possible.

“I apologise, as my newness to the sport means I still have some structural conditions to become familiar with.

“We are very confident, however, that we will fulfil the requirements needed and will work tirelessly to make sure the Rugby Football League receive exactly what information is required.”

Moore also paid tribute to fans, adding: “The new company brings with it an air of transparency, which Bradford Bulls supporters have been seeking for some time now.

“Our supporters now have a clear understanding of who owns, and who is running and directing their club.

“We are determined to take this club back to where it belongs and, with the support from the terraces, we will succeed.”

 

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4:47pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Miss Doubtfire says...

Well done Mr Moore for holding your hand up. What I don't understand is how we suddenly don't need to sell any players. Presumably we still need to make just short of four hundred grand savings. Winterstein being released from his contract does not amount to anywhere near that. The back room staff remain intact as far as I can see from the recent 2014 squad picture, so no significant redundancies there as was also feared a few months back. That's all great but it does beg the question, where is all the money going to come from? It can't have miraculously appeared overnight. Indeed we owe god knows how much to the bloomin' creditors.
Well done Mr Moore for holding your hand up. What I don't understand is how we suddenly don't need to sell any players. Presumably we still need to make just short of four hundred grand savings. Winterstein being released from his contract does not amount to anywhere near that. The back room staff remain intact as far as I can see from the recent 2014 squad picture, so no significant redundancies there as was also feared a few months back. That's all great but it does beg the question, where is all the money going to come from? It can't have miraculously appeared overnight. Indeed we owe god knows how much to the bloomin' creditors. Miss Doubtfire
  • Score: -3

7:00pm Sat 1 Feb 14

tinytoonster says...

Miss Doubtfire wrote:
Well done Mr Moore for holding your hand up. What I don't understand is how we suddenly don't need to sell any players. Presumably we still need to make just short of four hundred grand savings. Winterstein being released from his contract does not amount to anywhere near that. The back room staff remain intact as far as I can see from the recent 2014 squad picture, so no significant redundancies there as was also feared a few months back. That's all great but it does beg the question, where is all the money going to come from? It can't have miraculously appeared overnight. Indeed we owe god knows how much to the bloomin' creditors.
saved money by stealing khan's company, allegedly!
[quote][p][bold]Miss Doubtfire[/bold] wrote: Well done Mr Moore for holding your hand up. What I don't understand is how we suddenly don't need to sell any players. Presumably we still need to make just short of four hundred grand savings. Winterstein being released from his contract does not amount to anywhere near that. The back room staff remain intact as far as I can see from the recent 2014 squad picture, so no significant redundancies there as was also feared a few months back. That's all great but it does beg the question, where is all the money going to come from? It can't have miraculously appeared overnight. Indeed we owe god knows how much to the bloomin' creditors.[/p][/quote]saved money by stealing khan's company, allegedly! tinytoonster
  • Score: -4

7:15pm Sat 1 Feb 14

bully4us says...

We have made some staff redundant and don't forget we have saved a good amount on the wages of Le'Strange and Bateman plus a little on the young fullback. We have also some new sponsors so we may still be a little over the break even amount I doubt it is serious. Maybe that £400k figure was also used to help get a cheap sale from OK. We now have some canny businessmen in charge who probably know how to manage money better than anyone we have had in quite a few years.
We have made some staff redundant and don't forget we have saved a good amount on the wages of Le'Strange and Bateman plus a little on the young fullback. We have also some new sponsors so we may still be a little over the break even amount I doubt it is serious. Maybe that £400k figure was also used to help get a cheap sale from OK. We now have some canny businessmen in charge who probably know how to manage money better than anyone we have had in quite a few years. bully4us
  • Score: 6

12:12am Sun 2 Feb 14

raisemeup says...

I would say courage of conviction in Mark Moore's statement both in terms of stating he was wrong, and apologising for it. Plus he has said what we have been hoping for! That our Players are now ring fenced. I feel this will give confidence in people buying season tickets and sponsoring players.
A man of courage and integrity, is someone we should be able to trust.
COYB
I would say courage of conviction in Mark Moore's statement both in terms of stating he was wrong, and apologising for it. Plus he has said what we have been hoping for! That our Players are now ring fenced. I feel this will give confidence in people buying season tickets and sponsoring players. A man of courage and integrity, is someone we should be able to trust. COYB raisemeup
  • Score: 4

1:48pm Sun 2 Feb 14

northern pig says...

A courages statement of intent from Mark Moore.excellent,The club needs galvaniseing from the boardroom down to the fans who pay their hard earned cash to take their place on the Gene Kelly stand every week. A new dawn,a new beggining,a clean slate! Yours in sport. A pig
A courages statement of intent from Mark Moore.excellent,The club needs galvaniseing from the boardroom down to the fans who pay their hard earned cash to take their place on the Gene Kelly stand every week. A new dawn,a new beggining,a clean slate! Yours in sport. A pig northern pig
  • Score: -1

5:38pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Isn't this just what Khan and Sutcliffe promised.
Fast forward a few months and the wage bill was too large that players weren't getting paid.
If they cab afford it fine, but I think everyone will agree, Bulls don't want to go through a circus like this again next close season.
Isn't this just what Khan and Sutcliffe promised. Fast forward a few months and the wage bill was too large that players weren't getting paid. If they cab afford it fine, but I think everyone will agree, Bulls don't want to go through a circus like this again next close season. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 2

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