Cummins: Bradford deduction could be lowered on appeal

Bradford head coach Francis Cummins still believes there is a possibility the Bulls could yet have some of their six-point deduction alleviated, as the club try to haul themselves out of trouble both on and off the field.

With the news that Salford owner Marwan Koukash’s wife is interested in purchasing the club still fresh in the ears of Bulls fans, Cummins believes that if the new owners are willing to invest, the deduction could be lowered slightly via appeal, but he refused to get excited over the possibility of that happening.

“Yes that’s what I believe, that there is a process there to appeal,” Cummins said at the Bulls’ Tong training base.

“Obviously they aren’t going to be able to wipe out all of the points, but maybe – depending on who the new owner is and what they are put in and how they stack up – something could happen.

“There still will be a possibility so maybe that will improve the picture even more so, as well.”

That picture Cummins speaks about could yet be even brighter by the time the Bulls face Huddersfield this weekend, with the prospect of new owners potentially being in place for that game. Any prospective owners must have their bids in by the close of play on Thursday.

Cummins insists it is imperative that any deal is struck as quick as possible, so the Bulls can plan for the rest of their season, and bring in some extra recruits to bolster what is an already depleted squad.

“I had a meeting with the administrator last week, but there have been some bigger developments since then which strengthen the prospects down the line.

“As a group of coaches and players we simply need it to happen as soon as possible so we can recruit, and improve the cavalry and move forward.”

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