Are they struggling now John?
They've just got rid of OK, they have secured the squad, they have an insurance of a parachute payment if relegated and an open door straight back up, they have a securing payment of £300K on it's way now from SKY, they have £1,800,000 a year also coming from SKY, and although they hit "rock bottom", rock bottom for them was ninth in Superleague and sixth best supported side in the northern hemisphere.
I'll repeat that. Rock bottom for poor spent Bulls was to come ninth in SL and get 8,575 crowds. Struggling? Just a little local difficulty methinks?
Here's a real rock bottom statistic. Keighley 35th. in the league on 845 crowds 2006. Now that WAS struggling. However since they have got themselves together after those dark days and climbed the league 12 places crowds have grown over that seven year period to erm 803.....
John, with respect do you know what struggling means?
You may be 1p in debt but if you don't have a penny, you're sunk. The more 1p's you don't have, the more in debt you are. The more people you owe, the less people to borrow from.
The money Bradford are due will largely pay debts, and pay for a mediocre squad. That team suffering injuries will likely be relegated and this will attract fewer people to offset the debts and operating costs.
No amount of willy waggling about the past, or blind optimism will offset the facts as they are now. Bradford have a long way to go and if they spend the coming season being embarrassed, get relegated and struggle to sell even more season tickets, playing clubs on the up, then there future prosperity is on a knife edge.
You see the problem with all your arguments are always based on the same thing, that the past dictates the future. In the past Bradford could afford key note signings and built their future with this method. Sadly they can't afford them, in fact only the NRL can. The other fact is that even mediocre Aussies are better off at home.
This brings us to the true leveller, the actual quality of the players available. The Championship clubs now have a chance to secure longer term relationships with developing players. Those players (pretty much ignored in the past such as Liam Finn - an example), even on modest full time contracts will be a match for a good proportion of an SL squad such as the ones at Bradford, Wakefield, Cas or London. There could be others. Faced with this situation, you either have the money to buy big, or you face the real task of going on an inevitable slide.