Steve Ferres leaves Bradford Bulls

Steve Ferres has quit as managing director of Bradford

After earlier reports claimed Ferres had departed the club, the Bulls released a statement confirming his departure.

Ferres, who previously played for Bradford Northern, has come under heavy criticism from fans for the club’s player recruitment, although Green has continuously defended Ferres of any wrongdoing.

He had previously worked at Wakefield and Castleford as chief executive, but he has seemingly walked away from the sport for now.

“It is with considerable sadness I must announce the resignation of Steve Ferres as Managing Director from the club,” said chairman Marc Green.

“Steve has agreed to conduct a full and proper handover to his successor of which the process of finding one starts immediately.

“Steve has served the club since March 2014, when he took up the post and has worked tirelessly to rebuild Bradford Bulls.

“I for one have been grateful for the time we have worked together and found Steve to be a man of honour and integrity.

“Steve had advised me of his intention to retire from the game of rugby at the end of the season, although he obviously hoped it would be under more enjoyable circumstances.

“He also cited as one of his reasons for bringing the decision forward the failure to make the play-offs and the need for change. As someone who has always led not followed he feels change has to start at the top and this further fueled his decision.

“Steve has served the club well and never asked for recognition. The press he has received over the last few months has been at times unwarranted and more importantly unfair.

“Steve brings the curtain down on over 45 years’ service to the sport as a player, coach, administrator and he will be and should be missed by the game.

“I hope he enjoys retirement and I for one wish him and his family well.”