Bulls quell administration talk
Bradford Bulls have moved to allay fears that the club is set to go back into administration but have admitted they will be forced to delay paying the players their monthly wages.
Bulls forward John Bateman sparked new fears for the future of the club, which went into administration just over a year ago, when he revealed on Twitter last Friday that the players had not been paid.
Bradford responded by saying the wages, due on the July 28, would be paid this week but owner Omar Khan today issued a statement conceding the club have a "temporary funding issue".
In a statement, Khan said: "To all Bradford Bulls supporters I would like to dispel all rumours and confirm that the club is not going into administration.
"But, as I have always taken the approach of open transparency, I will say that we are at this time experiencing a temporary funding issue and, as such, it transpires that we will not be able to pay the wages until Wednesday, 8th August.
"We have made every endeavour to minimise the effect on all concerned and I would like to emphasise that this is a temporary issue that does not affect the future of the club, its players or its staff.
"We have a busy couple of months ahead of us and I hope all of the Bradford Bulls supporters will get in behind the lads and help push them over these final few games of the season, especially as the play-offs beckon.
"We also have some big announcements ready to make in the coming months that will excite and encourage all of the Bulls supporters."
Bradford agreed to take only half their allocation of central funding from the Rugby Football League over the two years remaining of the licensing system as part of the deal which enabled them to retain their Super League status following last year's takeover by Khan and local MP Gerry Sutcliffe.