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Bradford Bulls get ready for Leeds clash as consortium prepare to make bid
Mick Potter admitted his spirits had been lifted after meeting with a member of the ABC consortium, who are expected to make a firm offer to buy the Bulls today.
The group of Bradford-based businessmen have been in talks with administrator Brendan Guilfoyle and the Rugby Football League for just over a week and are now in a position to make a formal offer.
“I’m expecting an offer tomorrow from the ABC consortium,” said Guilfoyle.
“Whether it is acceptable to me and the RFL remains to be seen. But they seem intent on buying the club and I’m hopeful.”
Potter, who has returned to coach the Bulls on a voluntary basis since being made redundant at the beginning of the month, spent yesterday preparing his troops for Friday’s derby battle at Leeds.
He says he cannot afford to continue working without pay beyond the end of the month but said he had spoken to a member of the consortium at their request, suggesting he could yet be reinstated in his old job should a takeover be successfully completed.
Mick PotterIn the short term, I’ll do what I can to help out
Potter said: “I went to a meeting with one member of the consortium the other day and things looked positive. I spoke only about football and not the whole business.
“I don’t know where they’re at or whether they’re going to make an offer. I just put my point of view forward from the football department.
“The guy was very positive and I was happy I had the meeting. I feel more comfortable but I think there’s a few hurdles to be jumped yet.
“The meeting was at his request and I think my desire to stay on has been made plain. When someone invites you to a meeting, you feel wanted and I did feel better about things afterwards.”
Whether the ABC consortium can follow their interest with a successful takeover bid remains to be seen, although the RFL have made it clear that they are not in a position to accept an offer with certain conditions attached to them.
The game’s governing body cannot guarantee the Bulls’ Super League licence will be transferred to a new company.
Meanwhile, the Bulls’ penalty for entering administration is expected to be rubber-stamped at a board meeting on Friday.
The RFL’s independent board of directors comprises Maurice Watkins, Nigel Wood, Bob Stott and Clare Morrow.
The standard penalty for entering administration for Super League clubs is three wins (six points), meaning the Bulls could travel to Headingley on Friday shortly after their punishment has been confirmed.
Potter, who revealed that Jarrod Sammut, Elliot Kear and Jason Crookes are all fit for selection again, admitted he cannot continue working without pay indefinitely as the Bulls seek a buyer to safeguard their existence.
He said: “It’s not sustainable what we’re doing here. I’m not going to remortgage my house to help Bradford.
“As much as I love the club and want them to be successful, I’m not going to do that. But in the short term, I’ll do what I can to help out. Probably at the end of the month I’ll have to make a call on it.”