Guilfoyle hopeful of Bulls offer

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Brendan Guilfoyle could have found a buyer for Bradford Bulls
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Brendan Guilfoyle could have found a buyer for Bradford Bulls

Bradford's administrator Brendan Guilfoyle says he can see "light at the end of the tunnel" in his battle to save the beleaguered Super League club.

Guilfoyle is anxiously waiting for a consortium of Bradford businessmen to put together an offer and, in the meantime, is turning his attention to finding the players' wages which are due at the end of this week.

"They're getting accountants and lawyers involved," said Guilfoyle. "They're trying to get a handle on the short-term losses and, if they can get that, I'm confident they will come back with an offer. That's the good news. The bad news is that the staff are asking for clarity on wages, which are due on Friday."

The administrator, who made savings of around £45,000 at the start of last week by making 16 full-time members of staff redundant, insists he is still working towards Tuesday night's deadline to avoid putting the Bulls into liquidation but is encouraged by two days of talks with a group of local businessmen.

He added: "Although I got 10,000 to come through the gate on Sunday, the cash take was disappointing. That indicates to me that the season-ticket holders used their tickets rather than cash to get in, contrary to what I was led to believe would happen at last week's fans meeting.

"After two weeks of administration I become legally liable for the wages and my challenge is to generate money to pay them. That's my immediate problem and I'm going to talk to the RFL and fans groups."

Guilfoyle is hoping for further developments on Tuesday so that he can persuade his partners to extend the deadline he imposed to find a buyer, and he added: "I'm meeting my risk panel later today. There is no offer but I'm seriously engaged. I can see light at the end of the tunnel but that light can be turned out. The closer it gets, the harder it gets."

Bradford interim CEO Gary Tasker, in a statement released by the club, said: "Positive talks were held yesterday with a group of Bradford based Asian businessmen and these went on until late into the night.

"The group have shown genuine interest in taking the club forward and, whilst we are cautiously optimistic regarding the outcome of these discussions, the consortium will be holding further discussions today with the Rugby Football League.

"They will be seeking information from the governing body on the situation regarding the ownership of Odsal Stadium and will be discussing the Bulls' status in the Super League competition going forward. Mr Guilfoyle will seek to extend the deadline for the club going into liquidation whilst ever the positive dialogue continues."

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