Players seek support over Bulls issues

Super League Players’ Association League13 is once again assisting players at Bradford due to the club’s financial difficulties.

Just 18 months since the club entered administration, the four-time Super League champions have revealed further issues, following the recent ownership takeover.

An array of debts and over-spending have been uncovered in recent weeks, and one of the new owners, Mark Moore, is also now reportedly embroiled in a legal dispute with former owner Omar Khan over monies owed to the latter as a result of the takeover.

Players saw their wages delayed on more than one occasion in 2013, and at least one of the club’s new signings met with the then owners for guarantees over the Bulls’ future during that time.

A League13 statement read: “League 13 is saddened to hear of the new financial difficulties that the Bradford Bulls are experiencing at the current time. Although

the club have already conducted meetings with the playing staff, League 13 has not been invited to take part in those meetings and, as a consequence, we have not been able to advise the players at this time.

“Following contact from our members at Bradford, we have now made contact with the club and the RFL this weekend and we hope to receive answers to a number of questions as a matter of urgency. Once these answers have been received, we will be in a position to advise the players fully and seek a resolution to this situation that benefits all parties.

“Like all those concerned with the game of rugby league, we had hoped that the difficulties experienced by the Bradford club in 2012 were a thing of the past. During the administration of the club at that time, League 13 helped to build a bridge between the players, the RFL and the club. We are determined to do so again.

“Nevertheless, the problems being experienced by Bradford only serve to highlight the paucity of money in Super League, despite the excellent product on the field.”

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