The RFL have confirmed they will assess four official bids to create a new professional Rugby League Club in Bradford.
Earlier this month the previous club based in Bradford the Bradford Bulls went into liquidation, after no buy was found the RFL fielded 12 requests before the deadline on Monday.
Although the four applications are currently under review and will be assessed there is no public timetable for a final decision. “The four bids that have been submitted will remain confidential and will now be thoroughly assessed by the RFL Executive which aims to make a recommendation to the RFL Board as soon as possible.”
There are has been a Rugby League club in the city of Bradford since before the official union in 1895 and the rich legacy of the town has certainly played a part in restoring a club.
— The RFL (@TheRFL) January 9, 2017
“Bradford is a great city with a rich rugby league heritage and deserves a professional club that supporters can be proud of,” the RFL added.
The new club would face a significant handicap with a 12-point deduction. Central funding in the first year would also be limited to £150,000, the lowest of any Championship side.
A document sent by the RFL to all interested parties says that directors and shareholders of any new club would be held personally liable if it fails. Potential new owners would have to provide proof of funds and show relevant experience of running a club prior to being considered.
Previously fans of the Bradford Bulls raised £1million to help the club stay afloat but sadly their efforts failed due to poor management. This news is a bright light for all Rugby League fans and the league itself as Bradford were the original super star in English Rugby League. The Bulls were pioneers in terms of marketing and on-field success in the Super League era before their recent downturn in fortunes.
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