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Danny Bridge on board for another month at Bradford Bulls
Danny Bridge has given the Bulls a major boost by extending his loan at the club into a second month.
The Warrington back-rower joined Francis Cummins’ squad last month and has featured in all four games so far this season.
He made his debut off the bench against Castleford and has started the last three matches against Wakefield, London and Hull FC.
After a number of impressive displays, the 21-year-old younger brother of former Bulls star Chris Bridge will now gain more game-time over the next four weeks.
“Danny has done really well for us so far and we are delighted to have him on board for a further month,” said head coach Cummins.
“He has played a key role in our back row, making his presence known during some big games.
“We believe he is developing with further Super League game-time under his belt and expect more of the same in the weeks ahead.
“I really want to thank Warrington’s (head coach) Tony Smith and (owner) Simon Moran for all of their assistance throughout this period.”
Anthony Mullally is not eligible to face parent club Huddersfield next Sunday but Cummins is aiming to secure the Giants prop on an extended loan.
On-loan Wigan prop Greg Burke is due to see a specialist today about the shoulder injury he sustained during Friday’s defeat at Hull FC.
Meanwhile, the Bulls could go into Sunday’s home showdown with Huddersfield with new owners as administrator David Wilson edges closer towards finding a buyer.
Leeds-based Wilson is working closely with the Rugby Football League and the deadline for all prospective buyers to make a bid is Thursday.
Blake Solly, the governing body’s director of licensing and standards, said there was “a handful” of interested parties.
Solly told the T&A: “We’ve had a number of very productive discussions with the administrator and everyone is working to conclude the sale process as quickly as possible.
“I’m certainly very optimistic about the future of the club because the interest in taking it on from the administrator during the past week has been really heartening.
“There has certainly been more interest in the Bulls now than there was in 2012 during the club’s previous spell in administration.”
Among the interested parties are groups led by London-based businessman Richard Lamb, representatives of Bradford City, a Bradford Park Avenue-led consortium and former owner Omar Khan.
Solly also confirmed that if a new owner came in and paid off all creditors in full, the Bulls could launch an unprecedented appeal to win back the six points they had deducted as punishment for entering administration.
“There is an appeal process whereby a sporting sanctions appeal panel is set up by the RFL and that includes one of our independent tribunal chairmen and an insolvency practitioner,” explained Solly.
“They would hear the case put forward by the club and make a decision on any appeal. Amongst other things, they would assess whether the administration was avoidable.”
The Bulls’ under-19s side overcame a 20-point deficit to beat Hull 28-26 in a thrilling clash on Saturday to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
Tries from Ross Oakes (2), Joe Buggle, Alex Mellor and Adam Brook, who kicked four goals, proved the difference for Richard Tunningley’s men.
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