Hunter-Paul pays tribute to Bulls fans and staff

Robbie Hunter-Paul is looking forward to a positive future for Bradford, after the club’s ownership saga took a step closer to resolution this week.

On Thursday night, an agreement was reached to enable Ian Watt and Andrew Calvert to direct the Bulls, with the assistance of former chairman Mark Moore. The trio had previously stepped down on Christmas Eve due to a dispute with former owner Omar Khan.

It has been a difficult off-season for the Bulls, although they have so far managed to avoid making cuts to their playing staff, with only injured back-rower Frank Winterstein leaving the club by mutual consent, less than three months since joining from Widnes.

Hunter-Paul said: “I have always been a pint half-full kind of person – I am an eternal optimist – and as testing as the past few weeks have been I have remained confident that all stakeholders were working, and negotiating, with the club’s best interests at heart. 

“Following yesterday’s outcome we can now focus on the running of this famous club, without distraction. It allows us to continue working towards getting this club back to where it belongs.

“We are very aware of the obstacles which lie ahead of us and we know a tough season is on the horizon. 

“However, we are rolling up our sleeves and getting to it. Everyone is giving everything and will continue to do so.

“I must pay tribute, though, to Francis Cummins, his staff and our fantastic playing squad who have been absolutely magnificent throughout this difficult period.

“Next week, the hard work will come to the fore as we announce a host of exciting partnerships ahead of the new season. Together, in terms of sponsorship, they make for the highest-value playing jersey in the history of Bradford Bulls.

“Finally I would like to thank the Bulls faithful, who have stood by us despite the constant negativity which has been generated by certain sectors of the media.

“Despite whatever has been thrown their way, the true Bulls supporters have shown their mettle and that is something I am proud of and am thankful of.”

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