RFL Verify Bradford Bulls Takeover

By Community | September 11, 2012

Bradford Bulls takeover by businessman Omar Khan has been given a seal of approval by the Rugby Football League (RFL).

The RFL’s board of directors took a decision via a conference call to transfer membership to OK Bulls Ltd, the new company established to take the Super League club out of administration.

Bradford’s membership was suspended when they went into administration on June 26, but the club were re-admitted after Khan and MP Gerry Sutcliffe provided the information required to complete due diligence.

Blake Solly, the RFL’s director of standards and licensing, said: “The board’s decision finally closes the door on much of the uncertainty that has surrounded Bradford Bulls in recent months.

“The club’s new owners have co-operated fully with the RFL throughout this necessarily extensive process and we look forward to working with Mr Khan and Mr Sutcliffe in the months and years ahead.

“The decision to grant membership is an important step that will help the board to determine which competition Bradford Bulls will compete in from 2013.”

Sutcliffe welcomed Tuesday’s announcement but called on the RFL to make a quick decision on the club’s Super League status.

“We’re very pleased, it’s a step in the right direction, but it’s still frustrating not knowing about our Super League status,” he said.

“We’re making progress and talking to sponsors and people who have the club at heart but we’re not able to sell season tickets or put our business plan forward until we know that.

“We believe we have proved we’re a Super League club but until we get that tick we can’t move forward.”

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