Bulls bid to be examined by RFL

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A group called the ABC consortium have lodged an offer for the Bradford Bulls
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A group called the ABC consortium have lodged an offer for the Bradford Bulls

Rugby Football League bosses are to take stock of the situation at crisis club Bradford on Wednesday after it was confirmed the administrator had received a formal written offer.

The governing body's executive officers were going through the fine detail of the bid submitted by a local group of businessmen, known as the ABC consortium, and will present their findings to the board of directors on Wednesday.

The board must decide whether to agree to sell the Odsal Stadium lease back to the club, one of the conditions laid down by the prospective buyers, who also want a guarantee that the Bulls will keep their place in Super League.

The second condition might prove to be the major stumbling block since Bradford's 13 Super League rivals also have a say on any licence transfer and many want to see the number of teams in the top flight reduced.

Whether any movement can be made before Friday's deadline to find a buyer must be doubtful but the club are at least expected to discover on Wednesday morning how many points they are to be docked for going into administration. The RFL board of directors discussed the matter last Friday but deferred a decision until this week.

Meanwhile, Warrington have become the latest Super League club to provide a helping hand to the beleaguered Bulls.

The Wolves are to donate all proceeds from away ticket sales for Sunday's home game against the Yorkshire club to BullBuilder, the Bradford supporters trust who have set up a hardship fund to help those made redundant when the club went into administration.

Warrington are following the example of Leeds, who raised about £60,000 from last Friday's derby for their hard-up neighbours while Widnes made a similar gesture earlier this season.

Wolves chief executive Andy Gatcliffe said: "All clubs within rugby league work collectively to not only help promote the game but to support each other through the good and bad."

Head coach Mick Potter and his assistants Francis Cummins and Lee St Hilaire were among the 16 full-time staff laid off last month by administrator Brendan Guilfoyle, who managed to pay the players' wages after the Rugby Football League advanced money due to the club from the Sky television deal.

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