Potter admits Bradford shock

Bradford coach Mick Potter says that this week’s news has come as a shock and admits his players are a little distracted.

It has been a difficult week at Odsal, with the club’s financial plight meaning the loss to Salford last Sunday was forgotten about almost immediately.

The Bulls need to raise £1m to ensure their survival, with half of that amount required within 10 days.

Potter said: “It was a shock but I have been in these sorts of predicaments before, where clubs are strapped for cash and struggling to keep going but I have found that most clubs seem to pull through it ok.  

“What seems like a mountain to climb in the end doesn’t seem so bad. I’m concerned, as everyone should be but not panicking and we just need to concentrate on what we do.”

Potter takes his side to face Hull at the KC Stadium on Friday, where they will face a side that have lost just once in seven Super League outings so far, and he admits it may be difficult to motivate the players.

He said: “I think they will be a little distracted and why wouldn’t they be.  Their potential livelihoods are at stake and it’s something we will need to focus on when they are here.  

“We need to get them to focus on this particular job because this job is what they are good at and that’s how they get their income.  

“Like I said I have been in this situation with other clubs and it has worked out and whilst I have no insider knowledge I am sure things will work out ok in the end and we’ll be working with the players to keep their minds on the job they have to do this week at Hull.”

Bradford have already raised more than £100,000 in their bid to save the future of the club.

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