RFL approve Bradford application for Dewsbury move for 2020 only

Drew Darbyshire

The Rugby Football League has approved an application from Bradford to play home matches at Dewsbury’s Tetley’s Stadium for 2020 only, with the club remaining in special measures.

This permission has been granted on the basis that the club’s intention is to return to Bradford in the near future.

However, the Bulls’ plans for a return to the city “lack credibility” and that’s why the RFL board of directors have only approved the switch for 2020 only, rather than for two years.

An RFL statement read: “The RFL Board feel that the information provided so far in relation to the move to Dewsbury is incomplete and therefore it is a condition that the club provide further financial information on the impact of the move.

“Until this is provided to the satisfaction of the RFL the club will remain in special measures and is not permitted to sign players.

“Based on the information received the RFL feel that this decision made by the Bradford Bulls directors is a poor one; however ultimately the Board of that club is responsible for determining what is in the best interests of Bradford Bulls.

“The actions taken by the club leave little alternative but to grant this request in order to avoid disruption to trading, but only on a time limited basis which will allow space for a more comprehensive review.”

As the Bulls have vacated Odsal, the RFL will in due course consider all options for the site.

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