BULLS' acting chief executive Mark Sawyer has admitted he is hoping to fully focus on his role as chairman of Dewsbury as soon as he is satisfied he can hand over the responsibilities to someone he can trust to take Bradford forward.

And he has backed Nigel Wood as the man to do this.

Sawyer stepped into his stop-gap role with the Bulls at the start of the year following the decision of previous owner Andrew Chalmers to walk away from the club and, largely due to the coronavirus pandemic, has found himself still running Bradford nearly 12 months later.

However, Sawyer says he intends to fully focus on his other role at Dewsbury, where he has been chairman for almost 20 years, as soon as he can hand over the responsibilities at Bradford and is hoping former RFL chief executive Wood will take on a big role.

Wood, who is due to step down as chief executive of the International Rugby League next week, and his family have a majority stake in the Bulls and, according to Sawyer, he has been working for the club in the background.

"With his wealth of experience within rugby league, Nigel is a great asset for anybody and I've been asking him to take on a bigger role," Sawyer added.

"At the moment he's just been dealing with one or two little projects but I think it would be good for the club if he stepped up."