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Calvert bears Bulls finances

17th of October 2013
Calvert bears Bulls finances

Bradford have appointed businessman Andrew Calvert as their financial director as they wait for the RFL to ratify the club's new ownership.

Bradford Bulls have appointed local businessman Andrew Calvert as their financial director as they wait for the Rugby Football League to finally ratify the club's change of ownership.

Calvert, a lifelong Bulls supporter who has also become a shareholder, will join former general manager Ryan Whitcut and other local businessmen Mark Moore and Ian Watt on the board of the Super League club.

"This club is a big part of my life and I've been coming here since the age of 10," Calvert said. "I remember all the dark times with Northern and glory days with the Bulls.

"Although I'm a lifelong fan, the main reason I'm on board is that I think I can help from a business perspective. I believe there are a lot of positive things we can do at the club and a lot of improvement to make.

"I believe we will get this business turned around very quickly because we've got people with different core skills sets. If you look at the successful clubs nowadays, they get their off-field activities right and that's what allows them to sign better players."

Whitcut and Moore stepped in to take over Bradford a month ago when owner Omar Khan relinquished control due to health reasons and left the club with immediate effect, along with fellow directors Gerry Sutcliffe and Vipin Joshi.

As they wait for the RFL to deliver a verdict on the club's business plan and "fit and proper persons" test, the new directors will hold their first board meeting today at which Watt will become managing director, with former player Robbie Hunter-Paul confirmed as chief executive.

The Bulls have spent the past month in "special measures", which means they cannot make any signings but Moore is confident the new regime will get the go-ahead to take the club forward.

"We are not investors in name only, we all have key responsibilities too and it's now down to us to do the job," Moore said.

"There are four shareholders and no-one has a majority share, so we're all singing from the hymn sheet. That's why it's going to work.

"We had a really good meeting with the RFL yesterday and have further meetings on Friday and Tuesday. We're hoping for some good news very soon."

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