Parliamentary Rugby League Group saddened by Bradford Bulls liquidation
The Parliamentary Rugby League Group has expressed its sadness at the news that Bradford Bulls RLFC have gone into liquidation.
A deal to save the club, which was placed in administration for the third time in four years in November, could not be reached despite interest from a number of bidders. However, it is hoped that a new club will be formed from the Bulls to play in 2017.
The Bulls were one of the most successful in the summer era, winning four Super League titles and two Challenge Cups between 1997 and 2005. The club also won the World Club Challenge in 2002, 2004 and 2006.
Group Chairman and Leeds North West MP, Greg Mulholland, said “the demise of Bradford Bulls is very disappointing and sad news for Bradford and for rugby league. Bradford has a long and proud history within the game, and there must continue to be a professional rugby league team in the city. Lessons need to be learnt from what has happened here, from being Super League Champions, in a rugby league heartland, to going out of existence.”
“It is, however, encouraging to hear that there are already several expressions of interest about starting a new club in Bradford, and I hope that the right people can come together to make that happen. The Parliamentary Rugby League Group and the Bradford MPs will certainly do what we can to support”.
Member of Parliament for Bradford South, Judith Cummins, added “this is the worst possible start to the new year for the Bradford Bulls family and my heart goes out to all the players, staff and their families who will be affected by this news. The history and legacy of the Bradford Bulls must not be lost and rugby league must have a future at Odsal. This is something I have already raised with the RFL in case a deal could not be done.”
“We must know what has happened and why the situation at Odsal got so bad under the previous owners that a deal to save the club could not be done. The liquidator will have a very big role in getting to the bottom of that but there is a problem beyond the financial side of this situation with ownership in sport that needs to be investigated fully.”