It’s a credit to the current set-up at the Bradford Bulls that they seem to have eradicated any potential financial problems after a decade of uncertainty during the 2010s.
The club entered administration three times in six years, but has been stable for the past four years since liquidation in 2017 which has been a stellar transformation.
And, for head coach John Kear, that means spending within the club’s means and promoting from within in certain expensive positions.
“We’ve spent within our budget because the club has got to be sustainable – we don’t want to boom or bust which all Bradford fans will agree with,” Kear told West Yorkshire Radio Rugby League.
“The highest paid players in most squads tend to be your halves, but we’ve got two quality halfbacks in Dec Patton and Jordan Lilley who will obviously start the season.
“But if you need a third half to cover that, you obviously have to spend a fair bit of money but I don’t think that is the efficient way of spending our budget as we would have money sat in the stands regularly.”
Instead, veteran boss Kear wants to promote from within to take that third spot in the halves.
“We’ve invested heavily in the academy and we’ve brought a young player through in Billy Jowitt who has been outstanding in pre-season and I feel you’ve got to put your trust in them or why have an academy?
“I think he will repay that trust.”