Crippled Bulls in new shock offer

Financially-crippled Bradford Bulls could have unlikely rescuers after Super League (Europe) Ltd tabled a shock offer to purchase them on behalf of all their 13 rival clubs.

The bold bid was submitted to administrator Brendan Guilfoyle last night after Super League chief executive Nigel Wood and the other clubs put together an innovative rescue package.

It is sure to be a controversial and unprecedented move which, if successful, will see the famous club survive but also surely mean the end of the licensing system.

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Players and staff were told the news this afternoon and Guilfoyle described it as a “totally unexpected but brilliant” development which is now under consideration.

Wood said: “This saga has gone on for far too long and we are of the view that direct positive action is required to safeguard the future of Bradford Bulls.

“The club has been in administration for five weeks now and during that time not one single offer without strings attached has been submitted to the administrator.

“This situation is clearly unacceptable and raises the tangible prospect that we could lose one of our most famous clubs, which would be a tragedy of significant proportions, not just to the sport and the city of Bradford but to the remaining staff, players and volunteers who all deserve some stability after the turmoil of recent events.

“It is to the credit of the Super League clubs that they have given their unanimous support to this move and are not prepared to stand idly by and see Bradford Bulls disappear.”

Wood added: “The time has come for strong and decisive leadership and this course of action, which is based on sound business principles, represents just that.

“Under the ownership of SLE, we can plot a course for Bradford Bulls which is in the best interests of the club, the competition and the wider game.

“If our offer is accepted, SLE will welcome approaches from all interested parties who have an interest in helping us secure a bright future for professional Rugby League in Bradford.”

Further details of how Bradford Bulls would operate under SLE ownership will be announced in due course following further dialogue with the club’s administrator.