Bulls coach Francis Cummins said today that he was hopeful the club’s change of ownership will be concluded early next week.

As revealed in today’s Telegraph & Argus, a deal has been struck for a London-based consortium to buy the club from administrator David Wilson.

It was hoped that the sale would be finalised before the weekend but it is now likely to be Monday at the earliest before any official announcement is made.

Cummins said: “We were hoping for the end of this week but it’s probably looking more like the start of next week now - that’s the only little bit of word I’ve had.

“I had a good meeting with the administrator last week but I’m not in regular contact with him because that’s not my job to be.

“My job is to prepare the rugby league team and I liaise with the likes of Robbie Hunter-Paul, who tell me what’s going on.”