Bradford Bulls chairman Mark Moore has ring-fenced Francis Cummins’ squad to ensure no-one else leaves the club.
The West Yorkshire outfit have finally put their ownership issues behind them thanks to the news on Friday that the club’s former operating company, OK Bulls Ltd, was placed into administration before being bought by their new company, Bradford Bulls 2014 Ltd.
That means Moore, alongside managing director Ian Watt, financial director Andrew Calvert, and chief executive Robbie Hunter-Paul, have total control of the club and its operations.
Their first move as sole owners was to guarantee the squad remained at the Odsal club. Their next obstacle is to avoid a points deduction from the RFL.
Moore described the takeover as ‘a brand-new beginning for this famous club’.
He continued: “I am delighted to announce that there is no longer an appetite to make player sales.
“We have in the past held talks with other clubs about a few of our players, but prospective deals never came to fruition for one reason or another.
“However, none of that matters now. As of today, our first-team squad is ring-fenced and no-one is for sale.
“I am extremely confident in the ability of the players present within Francis Cummins’ squad and I believe they are capable of competing at the very least this term.
“This is by some way the most exciting team this club has had for a number of years and I am proud to say that.
“The way in which the team performed, while at full strength against Hull FC, was hugely impressive and certainly raised a few eyebrows among members of the media.
“That display epitomised what we are going to be all about in 2014 and it was great to see.”
Is this the start of the Bradford Bulls revival? Let us know by commenting below. If you have time, be sure to watch the following highlights video, taken from the 2002 Super League Grand Final between Bradford and St Helens.