Bradford debts 'around £1.5million'

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The level of debt facing stricken Bradford Bulls has been revealed
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The level of debt facing stricken Bradford Bulls has been revealed

Bradford are around £1.5million in debt, it has been revealed.

The beleaguered Bulls are the subject of a takeover offer from Super League (Europe), the umbrella organisation for the 14 top-flight clubs, which, if accepted, would stave off the threat of liquidation and ensure they see the season out.

Joint administrator Brendan Guilfoyle, who has been running the club since it went into administration on June 26, is expected to give his answer early next week. In the meantime, Blake Solly, the Rugby Football League's director of licensing and standards, shed more light on the financially-stricken club in a meeting with BullBuilder, the Bradford supporters' trust.

In the meeting Solly said he could not guarantee the Bulls would remain in Super League for 2013 and revealed that, if the bid is accepted, the Bradford players would be free to speak to other clubs to secure their futures for next season.

A statement released by BullBuilder said: "In a constructive meeting, we established that SLE look on this as a short-term measure and are confident of attracting a long-term, unconditional bid in the near future.

"Solly could give no guarantees about the division in which the club will play next season: he commented that the debt of the club remains a concern and is estimated to be approximately £1.5m.

"However, he assured BullBuilder that the club would continue to play at Odsal for the foreseeable future. If the SLE bid is accepted, we understand that players will then be free to speak to other clubs to secure their future for next season."

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