It has emerged that one of the consortia that failed in their bid to take over the Bradford Bulls involved a Bradford-born oil billionaire from Texas.
Local football club Bradford Park Avenue were one of four bidders that failed in their attempts to take over the club, after local businessman Marc Green won control of the club.
The Park Avenue bid was backed by Gareth Roberts, who is non-executive chairman of Petro Harvester – and is said to be worth around £8 billion. However, they wished Green well after his bid was deemed to be the best one for the Bulls.
“We are extremely disappointed not to have won the bid,” said Mr Hainsworth.
“We felt we had the right resources behind us,” said Mr Hainsworth in the Telegraph and Argus. “But we have got to accept defeat and we wish Marc Green all the very best.”
The Bradford Park Avenue consortium was not the only one to wish the new owners well; Marwan Koukash also wished Green well.
“We would like to wish Marc all the very best, and Francis Cummins, the players and the fans all the very best this year.
“Rugby league needs its bigger names – and they don’t come bigger than Bradford.”