The RFL have decided to terminate Bradford Bulls’ membership after the club went into administration.
The four time Super League winners could face points deduction or even relegation following recent events.
The RFL have announced the following statement:
“As is normal when a club enters administration, the RFL Board has today terminated Bradford Bulls Northern Limited’s membership of the RFL.
The RFL is in discussion with the appointed administrators about their plans for the future of the club. The RFL Board will then consider any proposals put forward by the administrators to secure the future of the club.”
Despite the off-field issues, the squad is back in pre-season as they prepare to kick off their 2017 Championship campaign in February.
Bradford finished fifth last season and missed out on a place in the Qualifiers following a 20-0 loss to Featherstone on the final day of the regular season.
The club did win silverware though, thanks to a 27-16 win over the Sheffield Eagles in the Championship Shield final.
Rohan Smith’s side have seen a number of departures over the past couple of months however, the 35-year-old has managed to bring new players in.
For now, the future of the club remains uncertain and its hard to predict what is going to happen next.
Although relegation is not out of the question, it is far more likely that the club will receive a points deduction and remain in the Kingstone Press Championship.
More news to follow.
By Sebastian Sternik