Bradford Bulls managing director Steve Ferres has said the club will only be sustainable remaining full-time next year if they can reach around the 5,000 mark for season tickets.
The Bulls narrowly missed out on promotion when they lost to Wakefield in the Million Pound Game last month, but chairman Marc Green did insist they would not go part-time despite that setback.
But Ferres told the Telegraph and Argus that if they are to mount a challenge for Super League again, they will have to increase their memberships.
“We’ve got to look to get 5,000 season-ticket holders because the club is only sustainable when we get to that sort of number,” he warned.
“It’s a key figure to us and for Marc to continue investing in the club, we need other people to buy into it as well.
“If we get that, we’ve got a real chance of moving forward. If we don’t, it’s going to be tough.
“The fans were outstanding all season, particularly away from home, and I hope they can do the same again next year.
“Nothing has changed – we need more support than we’ve ever had. To sustain the challenge we’re trying to make, we have got to up the memberships to 3,500 to 4,000 and ideally 5,000.”