Bulls relegation a “disgrace”, says Lowes

Bradford coach James Lowes has described the circumstances to blame for the Bull’s recent relegation a “disgrace”.

After losing to Huddersfield on Sunday, the Odsal club dropped down a tier for the first time in their history. Yet another string of financial problems led to them being deducted six points in February and they never recovered.

“What’s happened with the club over the last couple of years has been a disgrace,” Lowes told BBC Radio Leeds.

“It has had a massive affect on the players because they haven’t known if they’ve been getting paid. It has mentally drained them.

“With what happened this year I think it has dented their self belief and maybe made a few of them angry towards the club.

“What we have now is a chairman who is 100 per cent committed to the club and has stabilised the club off the field. That is massively important.

“What we need to do now is prepare for pre-season and life in the Championship.

“There’s personal pride to play for now and the challenge is to finish the season. There’s one or two who will find it tough and I’ve told the players to put their hand up if they are not right to play. I would respect them more for doing that than turning out half heartedly.

“The guys who play next week will be the ones who have said they are ready to do so.”

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