THE Bulls must make sacrifices like the rest of rugby league to survive through the huge financial issues facing the sport.

John Kear admits belts will have to be tightened across the board with the current lockdown squeezing resources at every club.

Championship sides are holding another conference call today with the RFL for an update on the crippling effects of the coronavirus shutdown.

Talks continue with the government for an aid package to ensure the domestic game can survive.

Kear said: “What is happening is affecting everybody across the board. It’s every team in every sport.

“You look at football teams having to accept a percentage of their wage.

“Heart of Midlothian have taken a 50 per cent cut and as you go lower down the leagues, that’s more common an occurrence.

“It’s basic economics. If you aren’t seeing any revenue, you can’t really spend it.

“The Olympics has been called off – the only other time that has happened was during world wars.

“That just shows you the magnitude of the problem and we’re all going to have to make sacrifices emotionally, mentally, physically and financially.”

It is understood the Bulls are currently reviewing their own situation following government guidelines. The club’s wages for March are due to land over the weekend.

Championship rivals Halifax have already announced they have had no choice but to force players and staff to take a reduction while the season remains suspended and there is no income.

“The problems are game-wide,” added Kear. “But I think Boris Johnson has done a great job with his 80 per cent payments.

“We’ve got to take our hats off to the government in that they are making it a lot easier for people to take a sensible route with regard to the sanctions that have been imposed. It does give you that comfort cloth.”

Kear said the coaching staff are trying to keep in regular contact with the players during this period of isolation. They had hoped to return to training yesterday in small groups but then the more stringent safety measures were put in place.

“You can still do tricep dips, push-ups, curls at home and they can obviously get out and run as their daily exercise.

“But it must be tough for the players because they are social animals with their very nature. That’s why you play team games.

“It’s probably even harder for the part-time players because they have got a job where they are interacting and then join in with a group of athletes. There’s probably very little time when they are on their own.

“Even when you do your exercises, you’re competitive because you’re in the gym. You try to beat your mate.

“A lot of the training you do out on the field, although it’s running, is in a game-related situation. It’s more stimulating.

“But there’s nothing we can do. There’s a greater good at large.”