Bradford Bulls are used to battling it out with Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors and St Helen’s for Super League glory but are now headed into their 10th year outside of Super League since relegation in 2014.
The Bulls came close to promotion this year but lost in the semi-finals to Toulouse Olympique.
The club are determined to secure promotion under IMG but today CEO Jason Hirst was forced to issue a statement on Odsal with the RFL looking to sell the stadium which is a concern for Bradford as it will generate uncertainty.
The Bulls CEO said:
“We are aware that the RFL are now seeking expressions of interest to potentially sell their leasehold of Odsal Stadium and we understand their reasons for this; particularly with the new IMG grading system being introduced, which puts significant obligations on stadium owners.
We have been continually reassured that the RFL’s primary objective has always been the protection of professional Rugby League in Bradford and this was and has been repeated once again as part of this potential sale process. Given those assurances, we don’t, therefore, believe there is any immediate threat to the club’s occupancy of Odsal Stadium and as such, fully expect the club to play all of its’ home fixtures at the stadium in 2024.
Rest assured; the club will continue to liaise with the RFL and Bradford Metropolitan District Council and keep its’ supporters appropriately updated on any developments.
In the meantime, everyone at our club remains fully committed to building towards and delivering another successful on and off field season in 2024.”