Potter wants role in new era for Bulls
Bradford head coach Mick Potter has reiterated his desire to stay on at the Bulls and will continue working without pay while he awaits a decision on his future.
The Stobart Super League club’s new owner Omar Khan has put on hold any decisions on the future make-up of the administration and the playing and coach staff of the Bulls until his takeover is officially ratified by the Rugby Football League.
That is expected to be a formality but is unlikely to happen before Friday.
By then Potter and his team will be on their way to France for the last match of the regular season against his old club Catalan Dragons, a game the Bulls must win to keep alive any hope of securing a place in the top-eight play-offs.
“I’ve spoken to the club just about the team and the bigger picture but I haven’t spoken to them about what I’m doing personally,” said Potter, who was among 16 full-time members of staff made redundant by the administrator in early July.
“I think that’s going to happen this week. I think there’s a meeting being arranged.
“It’s possibly looking okay but I don’t know what they want me to do so I’ll just keep looking.”
Potter has put out feelers for jobs in his native Australia but says he has had no contact from either New Zealand Warriors or Sydney Roosters, who recently sacked their coaches, and insists his first choice would be to stay at Odsal under the new regime.
“I quite enjoy doing what I do and there are not too many opportunities to do this sort of job,” he said.
“But it’s been a long-running saga, for different reasons, and there are other things to look at.
“I’ll just wait and see what happens this week.”
In addition to waiting for the club to be re-admitted to the RFL, Bradford have yet to be told whether they will be allowed to keep their Super League licence or face relegation to the Championship.
It is possible they could face a mini-licensing process involving leading teams from the Championship but Potter believes it would be unrealistic to promote a club at such short notice.
“I can’t see how the other clubs are in a better position now than they were 12 or 18 months ago,” he said.
“Let’s hope we know something before we go to Catalan.”
Bradford will be without loose forward Jamie Langley, who picked up a groin injury in last Saturday’s 70-6 defeat by Hull FC, and will give fitness tests tomorrow to centre Chev Walker (rib), hooker Heath L’Estrange (hamstring) and centre Karl Pryce (rib) but second rower John Bateman is set to return from a shoulder injury.
Even if the Bulls win in Perpignan, their season will be over if form team Wakefield Trinity Wildcats beat Salford City Reds at Leigh and that would signal a break-up of the current Bradford team.
Half-back Ben Jeffries today announced he is to retire from full-time rugby league and return to Australia to become a coal miner while prop forward Tom Burgess is joining brothers Sam, Luke and George at South Sydney from 2013.
There are another 15 players out of contract and set to move on regardless of whether the Bulls play in Super League or not.