RFL chief Nigel Wood's thumbs-up for Bradford Bulls progress

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Nigel Wood has praised Omar Khan for his role in revitalising the Bulls Nigel Wood has praised Omar Khan for his role in revitalising the Bulls

RFL supremo Nigel Wood expects a decision on the Bulls’ Super League future to be made midway through the current campaign but declared himself “excited” with the club’s new ownership.

The game’s governing body awarded the Bulls only a one-year probationary licence when Omar Khan stepped in to save the club from the brink of liquidation last September.

Uncertainty surrounds the criteria the club must fulfil to stay in Super League bey-ond 2013 but Wood said the RFL were encouraged by the off-field progress being made and predicted it would continue.

Speaking at a media briefing at the RFL’s Red Hall HQ yesterday, chief executive Wood said: “I think we should be very excited about what’s going on at Bradford.

“As is often the case when you get a new owner, you also get new energy and new ideas – there is a bit of a bounceback.

“I was speaking to Omar last night and he’s certainly excited about where the club is.

“He thinks they’re making a lot of progress and was excited about how the team had performed against Leeds on Sunday.

“I think the club is in a decent place and is certainly in a better place than it was 12 months ago.”

The RFL said the decision to award the Bulls a probationary licence would mean it could keep a close watch on its progress and eradicate the possible need to undergo a mini-licensing round.

The Bulls also agreed to sacrifice a “sizeable” chunk of its £1.2 million Sky television money from the RFL as part of the deal that secured its future in Super League this year.

But Wood said yesterday that the Bulls would receive the same amount as the other 13 Super League clubs in sponsorship revenue and gate receipts for the coming season.

Wood, who admitted that both the new Super League and Championship competitions could begin the new season without a title sponsor, said the Bulls’ progress would continue to be monitored ahead of any decision on their future.

The RFL boss is currently overseeing Salford’s change of ownership and added: “Bradford need to keep doing what they’re doing, which is generating revenue, paying people on time and performing.

“We are working with them on a weekly basis so that they continue to make sound progress.

“They’ve made a really solid start and Bradford were one of the flagship brands of the competition in the first decade of Super League.

“The sport will be stronger if they re-emerge in that guise again as soon as possible.

“We will probably review Bradford in mid-season bec-ause people need that certainty to be able to plan. As soon as we get to a certain point I’m sure there will be a discussion and a decision made.”

Meanwhile, the Bulls’ home game against St Helens is set to be brought forward two days.

It is currently scheduled for Sunday, February 24 but City’s success in reaching the Capital One Cup final on the same day seems certain to see the Saints fixture switched to the Friday night.

Speaking on the Bantams’ success in reaching Wembley, Bulls owner Khan said: “I want to offer my sincere congratulations to Bradford City on reaching the Capital One Cup final at Wembley.

“They have brought great honour to the city of Bradford and their achievement is tremendous.

“Mark Lawn and Julian Rhodes have done a terrific job with the club and I am delighted for them. I would like to wish them every success in the final next month.”

 

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7:41am Thu 24 Jan 13

wembley bound says...

Well done City a real success story
Well done City a real success story wembley bound

8:09am Thu 24 Jan 13

Schoey 2 says...

No title sponsor yet for our flagship competitions. RFL you are a disgrace.

What about Greggs, Nigel Wood. You are clearly there often.
No title sponsor yet for our flagship competitions. RFL you are a disgrace. What about Greggs, Nigel Wood. You are clearly there often. Schoey 2

8:16am Thu 24 Jan 13

mumbyfan says...

The Friday clashes with the WCC, will be surprised if the RFL go for that...

It's only Leeds though so suits me!
The Friday clashes with the WCC, will be surprised if the RFL go for that... It's only Leeds though so suits me! mumbyfan

10:11am Thu 24 Jan 13

Shipley Paul says...

Says it all. RFL pontificate over the Bulls problems but can't sort out their own. No sponsor for a national sport? After last year's Stobart debacle, maybe they should get Omar, Gerry and Kate in as consultants. All gas and bluster from Red Hall disguises the reality. They aren't up to the job .
Says it all. RFL pontificate over the Bulls problems but can't sort out their own. No sponsor for a national sport? After last year's Stobart debacle, maybe they should get Omar, Gerry and Kate in as consultants. All gas and bluster from Red Hall disguises the reality. They aren't up to the job . Shipley Paul

10:22am Thu 24 Jan 13

Sheffieldbull says...

Shipley Paul wrote:
Says it all. RFL pontificate over the Bulls problems but can't sort out their own. No sponsor for a national sport? After last year's Stobart debacle, maybe they should get Omar, Gerry and Kate in as consultants. All gas and bluster from Red Hall disguises the reality. They aren't up to the job .
Totally agree with you. The RFL management are unfit for purpose.
[quote][p][bold]Shipley Paul[/bold] wrote: Says it all. RFL pontificate over the Bulls problems but can't sort out their own. No sponsor for a national sport? After last year's Stobart debacle, maybe they should get Omar, Gerry and Kate in as consultants. All gas and bluster from Red Hall disguises the reality. They aren't up to the job .[/p][/quote]Totally agree with you. The RFL management are unfit for purpose. Sheffieldbull

11:23am Thu 24 Jan 13

bullbob says...

Maybe Nigel intends using the Bulls £1.2 million to sponsor the Super League. Judging by the sponsorships he obviously knows how to generate interest and income (not). I'm sure Omar and the guys really appreciate his input!!!!!!
How about us supporters getting behind the club by cancelling our Sky Sports subscriptions and giving the money to the Bulls?
2000 subscriptions at £20 each over 12 months raises £480,000.00.
Maybe Nigel intends using the Bulls £1.2 million to sponsor the Super League. Judging by the sponsorships he obviously knows how to generate interest and income (not). I'm sure Omar and the guys really appreciate his input!!!!!! How about us supporters getting behind the club by cancelling our Sky Sports subscriptions and giving the money to the Bulls? 2000 subscriptions at £20 each over 12 months raises £480,000.00. bullbob

11:26am Thu 24 Jan 13

Van Bellen's Baby says...

Schoey 2 wrote:
No title sponsor yet for our flagship competitions. RFL you are a disgrace.

What about Greggs, Nigel Wood. You are clearly there often.
I listened to Nigel Wood on Radio L***s last night and he claims to be aiming for a greater overall sponsorship revenue through several sponsors rather than one headline contributor. He wishes to be judged on this matter when the total sponsorship revenues are known.
[quote][p][bold]Schoey 2[/bold] wrote: No title sponsor yet for our flagship competitions. RFL you are a disgrace. What about Greggs, Nigel Wood. You are clearly there often.[/p][/quote]I listened to Nigel Wood on Radio L***s last night and he claims to be aiming for a greater overall sponsorship revenue through several sponsors rather than one headline contributor. He wishes to be judged on this matter when the total sponsorship revenues are known. Van Bellen's Baby

11:55am Thu 24 Jan 13

bullbob says...

Ouch, maybe I'll need to apologise to Nigel.
Ouch, maybe I'll need to apologise to Nigel. bullbob

12:03pm Thu 24 Jan 13

graham smith says...

I think what you need to be looking at here is the problems the RFL are having to deal with amongst the clubs.
Some of the complicated financial difficulties that they were and are going through right now.
Nigel Wood himself did and is still dedicating a lot of his time to the BULLS and lately at the Reds.
I would say that in my opinion this is the priority of the RFL to keep these clubs still operating, yes and that includes the BULLS.
The title sponsor for Super League will come to light in its own time after all we don’t want another Stobart do we?
COM’ON YOU BULLS.
I think what you need to be looking at here is the problems the RFL are having to deal with amongst the clubs. Some of the complicated financial difficulties that they were and are going through right now. Nigel Wood himself did and is still dedicating a lot of his time to the BULLS and lately at the Reds. I would say that in my opinion this is the priority of the RFL to keep these clubs still operating, yes and that includes the BULLS. The title sponsor for Super League will come to light in its own time after all we don’t want another Stobart do we? COM’ON YOU BULLS. graham smith

12:48pm Thu 24 Jan 13

bullbob says...

Aren't they a pie factory in Wyke?
Maybe we got the wrong sponsors last time.
Aren't they a pie factory in Wyke? Maybe we got the wrong sponsors last time. bullbob

1:03pm Thu 24 Jan 13

wembley bound says...

The RFL I read have secured sponsorship with the challenge cup for a nice amount so not all bad in egg chasing land. Tough times in very challenging climate don't expect the rugby league to run before it can walk. It will never challenge the round ball masters.
The RFL I read have secured sponsorship with the challenge cup for a nice amount so not all bad in egg chasing land. Tough times in very challenging climate don't expect the rugby league to run before it can walk. It will never challenge the round ball masters. wembley bound

8:01pm Thu 24 Jan 13

theviking62 says...

Saying that you'll never match the master. I spot you every time. Your so predictable. Can't resist having ago at Bulls. Eggbound, do you know what other record City created the other evening. I bet not.
Saying that you'll never match the master. I spot you every time. Your so predictable. Can't resist having ago at Bulls. Eggbound, do you know what other record City created the other evening. I bet not. theviking62

8:07pm Thu 24 Jan 13

fraternise says...

What is Nigel Wood trying to achieve with his posturing over the Bulls and Salford? What clubs in crisis clearly need is a consultancy team of experts to help them run their clubs. Not the CEO of an organisation who have shown severe lack of judgement and business accumen of monumental proportions in the not too distant past.

My feeling are that they need to resurrect Super League Europe as the organisational arm for SL and as seperate entity within the body of the RFL. The best brains and business skills from Super League clubs should then be the Ruling Council and in charge of their own destiny without the policing attitude we seem to have from various personalities at Red Hall.

The organisation should be a servant to the game in general, whereas all we tend to see is an autocratic response, to the problems that beset our sport. The only way at this moment is for the RFL to de-centralise in favour of the skill sets of people who know their own particular market place. Nigel Wood was never involved with a successful SL club, for example?
What is Nigel Wood trying to achieve with his posturing over the Bulls and Salford? What clubs in crisis clearly need is a consultancy team of experts to help them run their clubs. Not the CEO of an organisation who have shown severe lack of judgement and business accumen of monumental proportions in the not too distant past. My feeling are that they need to resurrect Super League Europe as the organisational arm for SL and as seperate entity within the body of the RFL. The best brains and business skills from Super League clubs should then be the Ruling Council and in charge of their own destiny without the policing attitude we seem to have from various personalities at Red Hall. The organisation should be a servant to the game in general, whereas all we tend to see is an autocratic response, to the problems that beset our sport. The only way at this moment is for the RFL to de-centralise in favour of the skill sets of people who know their own particular market place. Nigel Wood was never involved with a successful SL club, for example? fraternise

9:08pm Thu 24 Jan 13

wembley bound says...

theviking62 wrote:
Saying that you'll never match the master. I spot you every time. Your so predictable. Can't resist having ago at Bulls. Eggbound, do you know what other record City created the other evening. I bet not.
LIAR
[quote][p][bold]theviking62[/bold] wrote: Saying that you'll never match the master. I spot you every time. Your so predictable. Can't resist having ago at Bulls. Eggbound, do you know what other record City created the other evening. I bet not.[/p][/quote]LIAR wembley bound

9:41pm Thu 24 Jan 13

bullbob says...

Typical 9 hours later and no one has had the courage to support OK Bulls. However everyone is bickering about things they can't have an impact on. Come on cancel your sky and put the money you save into the bulls.I am 99% sure the OK team will play all games in the Trevor Foster Suite on the big screen each Friday & Saturday
Typical 9 hours later and no one has had the courage to support OK Bulls. However everyone is bickering about things they can't have an impact on. Come on cancel your sky and put the money you save into the bulls.I am 99% sure the OK team will play all games in the Trevor Foster Suite on the big screen each Friday & Saturday bullbob

9:54pm Thu 24 Jan 13

wembley bound says...

You dvds thought people watch more than rugby league ?
A night out watching in a bar costs more than sky sports subscription.
Just a thought mind you if I did cancel I could go on a fictitious holiday and use my other username.
You dvds thought people watch more than rugby league ? A night out watching in a bar costs more than sky sports subscription. Just a thought mind you if I did cancel I could go on a fictitious holiday and use my other username. wembley bound

9:55pm Thu 24 Jan 13

wembley bound says...

You ever thought people watch more than rugby league ?
A night out watching in a bar costs more than sky sports subscription.
Just a thought mind you if I did cancel I could go on a fictitious holiday and use my other username.
You ever thought people watch more than rugby league ? A night out watching in a bar costs more than sky sports subscription. Just a thought mind you if I did cancel I could go on a fictitious holiday and use my other username. wembley bound

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