Super League: Bradford Bulls chairman says no further player sales
Bradford chairman Mark Moore has confirmed there will be no further player sales ahead of the new Super League season.
Last Updated: 02/02/14 3:12pm
The club's future is now a little brighter following the successful change of ownership. Their former operating company, OK Bulls Ltd, was placed into administration on Friday, before later being purchased by Bradford Bulls 2014 Ltd.
The Odsal club endured a turbulent off-season with Curtis Naughton, Keith Lulia and Heath L'Estrange all departing, while rising talent John Bateman was sold to Wigan Warriors for a six-figure sum.
Moore insists the Bulls are now in a new era, starting with no further departures from coach Francis Cummins' squad as they seek to recapture their glory days.
"Yesterday (Friday) provided a brand-new beginning for this famous club," Moore told the club's official website. "And I am delighted to announce that there is no longer an appetite to make player sales.
"We have in the past held talks with other clubs about a few of our players, but prospective deals never came to fruition for one reason or another.
"However, none of that matters now. As of today (Saturday), our first-team squad is ring-fenced and no-one is for sale.
"I am extremely confident in the ability of the players present within Francis Cummins' squad and I believe they are capable of competing at the very least this term.
"This is by some way the most exciting team this club has had for a number of years and I am proud to say that."
"I cannot wait for tomorrow's (Sunday's) visit of Castleford Tigers. It is our final dress rehearsal ahead of what promises to be one of the most exciting Super League seasons in the history of the sport."
Mr Moore has also expressed sincere apologises to all Super League stakeholders for Friday's story, regarding the Bulls starting the new season on zero points, which was posted onto the club's official website.
He continued: "I made my first mistake, by having a misunderstanding of the due process needed to guarantee starting the Super League equally with all other clubs.
"As we have publicly stated, we would be working with creditors of OK Bulls Ltd and I wrongly perceived that this would guarantee us starting the season without a points deduction.
"It was quickly pointed out to me that first the governing body has the responsibility to follow a due process and undertake a thorough investigation, for which we will be completely compliant and will assist in every way possible.
"I apologise, as my newness to the sport means I still have some structural conditions to become familiar with.
"We are very confident, however, that we will fulfil the requirements needed and will work tirelessly to make sure the Rugby Football League receive exactly what information is required."