Jamie Foster believes the Bulls can stay up this season and prove the critics wrong after Mark Moore wrote them off as relegation certainties.
The BedzRus boss, Andrew Calvert and Ian Watt walked away from the club immediately after the Bulls’ six-point deduction was announced on Tuesday.
Moore claimed the penalty for entering administration, coupled with the RFL’s intention to put the club in special measures had Bradford Bulls 2014 taken control, has left Francis Cummins’ side doomed to the drop.
Moore said: “I believe that we have been forced into making this decision, due to the Rugby Football League’s proposed sanction of a six-point deduction, making relegation almost a certainty.”
But Cummins has spoken of his confidence in his players’ ability to avoid relegation and Foster joined his head coach in voicing his determination to prove the doubters wrong.
Asked about Moore’s comments, the Bulls winger said: “That was nice of him, that was a nice boost of confidence.
“It’s not what you want to hear but, to be honest, we as a group of players believe in ourselves. There’s no false belief here.”
Foster said a sense of injustice was fuelling the Bulls’ bid to overcome their points penalty and stay in the top flight.
Victory at home against London Broncos tomorrow would take the Bulls to minus two points with 24 rounds remaining.
Foster added: “If we could get a fair crack of the whip and an even playing field, let’s have a dig.
“Every TV channel I put on and everything I read, it’s like the world is against us.
“Is it too much to ask to get a few people on our side every now and again?
“The other Super League clubs took money off us the other year and they shared it about. Points have been taken off us now, it’s like everyone is against us.
“But on the flip side, if we can pull it off it would be very special to rub it in people’s faces.
“It’s simple really. There’s no other way of going about it.
“You can start dragging your feet or crack on and that’s what we’ll do. If we can do something special, it would be brilliant. Just thinking about that now, it would be very satisfying.”
Arguably the Bulls’ lowest points of last season came against London as they were bundled out of the Challenge Cup at the Twickenham Stoop.
Tony Rea’s men then won at Odsal in Super League combat towards the end of the 2013 campaign.
But the Broncos have suffered a mass exodus since the end of last season and Rea has been forced to embark on a major rebuild of his squad.
Anything less than victory is unthinkable for the Bulls tomorrow and Foster is in bullish mood.
“Sunday is a big opportunity,” he added.
“Don’t get me wrong, it would be better if we’d not had six points taken off, but it gives us that extra motivation to go out there and prove people wrong.
“Franny has already said that if we get two wins, we can be level by the end of next week and to be honest I can’t see London and Wakefield getting anything from their next two games.
“So straight away I’m saying, ‘Another three weeks and we could be in front of you.’
“We’ve got to think positively because if we don’t then the people who come and watch us won’t.
“If we beat London and then go to Hull and win I can see it now, picking up the paper and people saying we’ll be all right again.”