Super League needs Bradford, says Paul Deacon

Bradford Bulls legend Paul Deacon has backed James Lowes to get the club promoted in 2016 – insisting that Super League needs the Bulls.

Deacon, who won every major honour available with the Bulls before ending his career with more success at Wigan, is now working in rugby union at Sale, but says that the whole game wants to see Bradford back in the top flight.

He admits it will be tough with the Super 8s structure that is in place – but says the Bulls are in safe hands with Lowes in charge.

“Super League needs the Bulls because the club is synonymous with the competition with the way they changed the face of rugby league with their off-field innovations,” he told the Telegraph and Argus.

“The team obviously played well on the field and I think everybody in the game wants to see the Bulls back.

“It’s tough now with the four Super League clubs dropping down into the middle eights and the Championship sides really are up against it.

“But knowing Jimmy like I do, I think Bradford are in good hands. He does a great job there by the looks of it and hopefully they can do it this season.”