Super League (Europe) Ltd statement
Super League (Europe) Ltd has taken decisive action to secure the future of Bradford Bulls by tabling an offer to purchase the club from the official administrator on behalf of the Super League clubs.
The bold offer was submitted to the administrator last night after Super League Chief Executive Nigel Wood and the Super League clubs put together an innovative rescue package.
SLE now believes the offer represents the best solution to a problem that is threatening the survival of one of Rugby League’s most celebrated clubs and which remains the source of considerable uncertainty and disquiet across the whole sport.
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.
“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.”
Super League officials are meeting the Bradford Bulls players, coaches and club staff this afternoon to update them on developments.
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.