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RFL confident Bulls can finish season
The Rugby Football League say there is no reason why beleaguered Bradford Bulls should not finish the Super League season, even if the administrator fails to find a buyer before Tuesday's deadline.
Administrator Brendan Guilfoyle, who made 16 full-time staff redundant earlier this week, says he has around £20,000 to run the club and will be unable to meet the players' wage bill of around £200,000 when it is due next Friday.
But RFL chief executive Nigel Wood and director of licensing and standards Blake Solly told a media briefing in Brighouse that the administrator will have access to three potential sources of funding that can buy him more time.
"One of them is through monies that he makes through putting on the matches," said Solly. "He may also consider player sales and thirdly he's got the Sky distribution.
"Between those three sources of revenue, we believe he has enough to finish the season. We're really confident the players will get paid next week."
Bradford's home game against London Broncos on Sunday, which theoretically could be their last, has been given the go-ahead after volunteers agreed to staff key posts and interim chief executive Gary Tasker is hoping for a 15,000-plus crowd to boost coffers.
Solly confirmed that clubs are due their next instalment of television income in the next 10 days, and Wood suggested the governing body would be prepared to advance Bradford their share.
"There is every optimism that we have the resources to make sure the club can fulfil its obligations this season," said Wood.
The briefing followed a meeting of the other 12 English Super League clubs in Bradford to discuss the crisis at the Bulls.
"There was a full and frank discussion," added Wood. "There was a unanimous position taken about making the sure the game supported the club as much as possible."