Potter positive over Bulls future

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Mick Potter is working on a voluntary basis at Bradford Bulls
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Mick Potter is working on a voluntary basis at Bradford Bulls

As he anxiously waits for more news on the Bradford takeover, coach Mick Potter admits he has once more started to look ahead to more than one game at a time.

The Australian is working on a voluntary basis after being among 16 full-time staff made redundant when the beleaguered Bulls went into administration. He came back to prepare the team for the club's home game against London Broncos, then worked on a game plan for this Friday's Super League derby at Leeds and, with an offer from a local consortium expected to be made on Wednesday, he is now also looking ahead to next week's trip to Warrington.

"Up until a few days ago, I didn't even know who we had because I wasn't looking far that ahead," said Potter, who admits his bank balance is running low. "It's not a long-term thing. You just can't keep doing this. At some stage I have to make a decision but while I'm here I want to help the team, the club and the fans."

He continued: "I want them to be successful, whether that's staying in Super League or winning their next game or retaining players, I want to help the club.

"I'm not sure in what capacity that's going to be in a fortnight's time. I'll just keep doing my best for them while I'm here."

Potter recently met a member of the ABC consortium, the group of local Asian businessmen looking to rescue the club, and emerged more confident than ever that the Bulls can be saved.

Administrator Brendan Guilfoyle is expecting a formal offer on Wednesday, but admits it will almost certainly be conditional on the consortium being given some assurances over Bradford's continued participation in Super League and a chance to buy back from the Rugby Football League the lease to the Odsal Stadium.

"I'm expecting an offer from the ABC consortium," Guilfoyle said. "Whether it is acceptable to me and the RFL remains to be seen. But they seem intent on buying the club and I'm hopeful."

Meanwhile, the RFL's board of directors are expected to decide on the club's punishment for entering administration when they meet on Friday, just hours before the derby at Headingley.

The normal penalty would be a six-point deduction, although both Wakefield and Crusaders were docked four when they went into administration on the eve of the 2011 season after agreeing to make payments to creditors.

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