Bradford PA supremo Roberts distances himself from Bulls bid

Another of the bidders linked with a move for Championship side Bradford Bulls has become the latest person to distance himself from a play for the club.

Gareth Roberts, who is chief executive of local non-league football side Bradford Park Avenue, has said that his sole focus instead remains Avenue, where plans are underway to try and redevelop their Horsfall Stadium playing site.

Roberts, who is based in Texas and is a prominent figure in the gas and oil industry, is Bradford-born and a boyhood Bulls fan.

But interestingly, while he has closed the door on a bid for the Bulls, he has said he would be keen to work with the club to develop a relationship between themselves and Avenue.

He said: “I’m aware of rumours that I am making a bid to buy the Bradford Bulls. That is not the case. We still have a lot to do to deliver on our plans for Avenue and that remains my main focus in the city.

“I do believe that there’s great potential for the clubs to work together in the future and we would welcome the chance to talk to whoever the new owner is going to be.

“Given how close our grounds are, there is definitely an opportunity for us to explore things like sharing some of our facilities and services and for working together to expand multi-sport opportunities for young people in south Bradford. I’d be very open to talking about this potential, which would not only benefit the two clubs but also the local community.”