by Jamie Woodhouse
Former Bradford Bulls player Jamie Peacock has spoke of his disappointment as the Bradford Bulls find themselves in administration for the third time since 2012.
Peacock, 38, made over 200 appearances for the Bulls between 1998 and 2005, winning three Super League titles, two Challenge Cups and two World Club Challenges during his time with the club.
Bradford, who were relegated to the Championship in 2014, entered administration for the third time in November and had their RFL membership terminated as a result. Administrators at the club are currently searching for a buyer for the six time Super League winners.
Peacock said: “As an ex-player its disappointing to see a club that’s won three World Club Challenges going into administration three times.
“There is a club waiting to come out there if someone wants to run it properly. There is the support base there, there is the commercial activity there to properly run a club it’s just been badly run for a while.
“I would really like to see them come back and for someone to put some money behind them because they are a Super League club and they shouldn’t be in the Championship.”
The former Great Britain and England international has also been highly critical of the promotion and relegation system which was re-introduced to Rugby League in England in 2014 which saw the Bulls relegated to the Championship.
He said: “I like to see promotion and relegation but I think the team that gets promoted should be off the back of a grand final.
“You have the top six play-off in the Championship and if you get to the final, the team that has lost has only lost a grand final, and the team that wins rightly should celebrate because they’re going into the Super League. But at the moment you have got the million pound game which is a car crash.
“The team that wins doesn’t want to celebrate because it’s disrespectful and the team that loses are losing jobs.
“I think the promotion and relegation still should be in Super League but off the basis of a grand final in the Championship.”