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Paul Medley joins unpaid Bradford Bulls coaching ranks
Paul Medley has become the latest member of the Bulls’ coaching staff to return to the club on a voluntary basis after being made redundant.
The head of youth development was among the staff laid off by administrator Brendan Guilfoyle 12 days ago.
But after talks with interim chief executive Gary Tasker yesterday morning, Medley has agreed to come back to Odsal without pay for the next fortnight.
He will assist in today’s Academy game at Hull KR and do likewise in Wednesday’s under-16s fixture against the same opposition, before providing a helping hand for Friday’s under-20s match at Leeds.
Vital cash contributions from BullBuilder, the supporters’ trust, have allowed the club to pay for a coach and a physio for the upcoming games, while Bulls players and retained staff were paid July’s wages yesterday.
Medley explained: “Gary said ‘we need to keep things ticking over, so will you come back and dig in for a couple of weeks’.
We volunteer every week anyway because we get paid 37-and-a-half hours every week and work 60Paul Medley
“I’m not doing anything else and it’s important to keep the club ticking over on the youth side.
“BullBuilder have been absolutely fantastic in supplying the funds for the coaches and allowing the club to fulfil these fixtures.
“Looking further ahead, hopefully a business plan can be put together and someone can come in to buy the club because there is something to build on here for the future.”
Like a number of senior coaching staff such as Mick Potter, Medley has not given up hope of being reinstated in his old job should a takeover be completed.
“We’re all hopeful and positive that if things work out we may well be back,” he said.
“We’re not taking anything for granted but hopefully the jobs that we have done have shown enough in the past few years that we’ve got it right, especially with the juniors that Stu Barrow and I have brought through.
“Hopefully if somebody came in they would see that we’ve got something right.”
The Bulls players were paid July’s wages in full by Guilfoyle following an advance in funds from the Rugby Football League.
But the coaching staff are currently working without pay and Medley said: “We volunteer every week anyway because we get paid 37-and-a-half hours every week and work 60.
“There are a lot of people at the club who have put in the hours way above and beyond what is expected of them. They do it because they love the club.”
Meanwhile, Bulls rookie Oliver Roberts has withdrawn from the England Academy squad which leaves for their tour of Australia on Thursday.
Roberts has been replaced by St Helens youngster Greg Wilde – but John Bateman will captain the side and Bradford team-mate Liam McAvoy is also in the squad.
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