Cummins tells Bulls to forget financial troubles

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Bradford Bulls coach Francis Cummins is confident his resilient side can shake off their latest financial drama to continue their push for an elusive first play-off spot in five years.

Less than 12 months after emerging from administration, the West Yorkshire club was plunged into confusion once more earlier this week when owner Omar Khan had to release a statement insisting they were not going bust.

However, he did add the caveat that due to a “temporary funding issue” players’ wages would be late and not paid until Wednesday.

He has since released a six-figure amount of money from his own property portfolio to ensure the club can push on for the next 18 months.

However, it has all brought understandable concern from the Bradford squad, who had encountered such turmoil and uncertainty for much of last summer.

As the 10th-place side head to Wakefield tomorrow in a crucial battle to keep alive their play-off hopes, Cummins maintains they will ride out the storm.

“It’s bound to have an effect on them because some went through a difficult time last year,” he said. “But they have been told what’s happening and I have told the players that we can only affect what we do on the field.

“When they get paid, that will be that. We have trained very well and that’s all we can control. We know what we have to do and I am confident we will do things in a proper manner.”

Bradford revived their chances of breaking into the top eight with a gutsy win over Hull FC in their last outing nearly a fortnight ago.

It brought to an end a worrying six-game losing run and came against a side whom they hope to eventually usurp in eighth place.

Ninth-placed Wakefield, too, are eyeing that position, bringing added importance to tomorrow’s game which is effectively seen as must-win for both.

Bradford were rampant when they last met on the opening day, inflicting an impressive 40-6 rout which had many expecting big things from Cummins’s side.

“There’s no doubt they have improved since,” he said.

“We may have caught them on the hop then. We started really well and ran through them, so they’ll be even more determined not to let it happen again.

“It’s our job to make sure we do that again and show the same commitment too.”