Kopczak walks out on Bulls

Bradford prop Craig Kopczak has walked out on the final year of his deal at Odsal.

Kopczak, 22, is now set to move to another Super League club, much to the frustration of acting chief executive Gary Tasker, who claims clubs agreed not to approach Bradford’s contracted players.

Tasker told the Bradford Telegraph & Argus: “The major disappointment in this episode is that a young player on a good contract doesn’t normally terminate it unless he is being offered better terms elsewhere.

“At a meeting of Super League clubs several weeks ago, the clubs agreed unanimously that they would not approach Bradford’s contracted players.

“It would appear that a club has broken ranks and made the player a better offer. It’s now in the hands of our legal advisers to resolve it.”

The Wales international has made more than 120 appearances for the Bulls since making his debut back in 2006.

Kopczak is believed to have taken legal advice on his status, following news of Omar Khan’s pending takeover, still to be ratified and confirmed by the RFL.

It involves legislation apparent in the recent case of Rangers Football Club, namely the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) regulations 2006 (TUPE), which saw several footballers walk out on their contracts with the Scottish Football giants after the club was taking over by a newco.

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