Abi Ekoku could return to the Bulls as chairman after it was revealed he is backing the London-based consortium seeking to take control of the club.

Ekoku, who was a winger in his playing days with London Broncos, Halifax and Bradford, previously worked as Bulls chief executive.

He was also chairman of the Rugby League Players' Association and served as Great Britain team manager, but it has now been revealed he is behind the group being fronted by Richard Lamb.

As part of the consortium's bid, Ekoku is being lined up as the Bulls' new chairman, at least on an interim basis, and a decision on which offer Leeds-based administrator David Wilson will accept is imminent.

An announcement is expected tomorrow at the latest.

Meanwhile, Bulls coach Francis Cummins has expressed his "disappointment and frustration" at Chev Walker being handed a one-match ban.

The former Hull KR man was fined £300 after being found guilty of striking Luke Robinson during the home defeat to Huddersfield, so will now miss the trip to his old club this weekend.

The outcome of Walker's disciplinary hearing seemed harsh to say the least, particularly in the light of incidents earlier in the season which saw Wigan full back Matty Bowen escape a suspension for a high and late tackle on Huddersfield’s Scott Grix.

St Helens forward Sia Soliola’s challenge on Warrington’s Michael Monaghan at the Halliwell Jones Stadium also went unpunished last month.

Cummins admitted: “I’m disappointed and frustrated because it was a careless act by Chev but certainly nothing more than that.”