Bradford Bulls operations manager Russ McFarlane has insisted that the West Yorkshire club are not going for a “do-or-die attitude” in terms of recruitment for next season.
With Geoff Toovey’s men at the bottom of the Championship and a place in the League 1 all but secured for 2018, McFarlane says that planning for next year has already started despite not knowing whether a restructure is in the pipeline.
But it’s not just player recruitment that has started for the Bulls, with McFarlane saying the off-field business that comes with running a club is also ongoing.
“The process of planning for next season started a while ago,” he told the Telegraph and Argus.
“Obviously, there are plenty of things to plan for – off the field, the kit design and merchandise, and of course players for next year.
“Securing the right players for next season to get us where we need to be is a huge factor in our planning at the moment.
“We’ve not heard anything more on a possible restructure and unless it happens we can’t anything say anything more. We’ve just got to plan from where we are and our position in the league.”
Building a club that can run within its own means is massive for Bradford, who have had a shedload of problems off the field in the past few years.
“We’ve not gone for a do-or-die attitude. It’s been about trying to build a sustainable club.
“So relegation would put us back a year, but from the tough circumstances that we began in at the start of the year it was never going to be easy, and we’ve just got to continue building the club back to what it used to be.
“That’s our focus, and it’s certainly not all doom and gloom”