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Bradford Bulls’ new owners to meet RFL bosses on Monday
Bradford Bulls’ new owners-in-waiting will meet the Rugby Football League on Monday as they seek ratification of their purchase of the Super League outfit.
The club’s board of directors, operating as Bradford Bulls 2014 Ltd, have had an offer for the club accepted by Leeds-based administrator David Wilson.
OK Bulls Ltd, the club’s former holding company, was placed into administration on January 31 and Bradford Bulls 2014 was given a temporary 28-day licence to run the club.
The directors will now head to the RFL’s headquarters to provide the governing body with details of how they plan to take the club forward in the coming months.
They are also seeking a transfer of the club’s Super League and RFL membership to Bradford Bulls 2014 on a permanent basis.
Bulls chief executive Robbie Hunter-Paul said: “We are extremely confident that we will receive ratification in the near future."
London-based businessman Richard Lamb admitted his disappointment that his bid had failed but said he had spoken to Bulls director Andrew Calvert yesterday and would be attending next Sunday’s home game with London Broncos.
Mr Lamb said: “I’m bitterly disappointed not to have seen my bid succeed because I believe in everything I’ve said.
“But I’ve spoken to Andrew Calvert today and he has invited me to join him at Sunday’s game for another chat. We’ll see where that takes us.”
The Bulls are facing the prospect of a points penalty early next week as a punishment for entering administration for the second time in less than two years.
The RFL board of directors are expected to hold deliberations over the weekend and are likely to impose a second points deduction on Monday or Tuesday.
The Bulls were given the maxiumum six-point deduction in 2012 for a breach of RFL insolvency regulations, whereas Wakefield and Crusaders were both docked four points for going into administration after agreeing to pay off most of the creditors.