RFL Statement: Bradford Bulls
The RFL has today written to the consortium which last week tabled an amended offer to purchase the club from the administrator of Bradford Bulls informing them that the nature of their offer remains unacceptable.
RFL Director of Standards and Licensing Blake Solly said: “Whilst we are encouraged by the continued interest in purchasing Bradford Bulls, it is disappointing that the ABC Consortium are still unable to submit an unconditional offer.
“We have been consistent and clear in that our position is we are unable to consider any offer which comes with strings attached.
“The position with Bradford Bulls is identical to that faced by Widnes Vikings and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, who were taken out of administration in 2007 and 2011, respectively, by new owners without any guarantee as to which competition they would be playing in.
“All enquirers have been informed that the RFL is only interested in receiving offers for Bradford Bulls which are free from any condition pertaining to competition membership or the re-acquisition of Odsal Stadium.
“The ABC Consortium have also been informed that any unconditional offer would also have to be accompanied by a detailed business plan, the identity of all material shareholders and proposed directors and the appropriate proof that the required levels of funding are in place.
“Unfortunately the ABC Consortium have been unable to supply any of the above information, leaving the RFL with no option but to deem the offer unacceptable.”
The RFL is continuing to speak to the club’s administrator following his request for an advance of remaining distributions to meet payroll on August 14.