Former Bradford Bulls player Karl Pryce spoke to Serious About Rugby League and reflected on his second spell with the Bulls in which he had to deal with the uncertainty of whether or not he would get paid.
“It was a strange one. You were worried about bills and getting paid and we weren’t getting paid on time.
“But that year we became really tight as a playing group and still now some of my best mates are from that team like Luke Gale and James Donaldson and Elliot Whitehead.
“You don’t want that kind of stuff o be happening, but it galvanised us in a way that nothing else could.”
This of course was in 2012 and was the beginning of the end for the Bulls in Super League as they were relegated in 2014.
However, there are those who believe Super League needs Bradford, after all they are one of four teams to win the Grand Final.
That said, Pryce is not so sure:
“I wouldn’t say Super League needs Bradford. I am a Bradford lad and I want to see them back up there, but I wouldn’t say needs no.
“Some Bradford fans have expected that because they used to be a part of the big four they should be back but that was a long time ago now.
“They are away from Super League now, they have to work hard off the field to get there. The fans deserve it but so do other teams and other fans from other clubs.
“You can’t just live off success from 20 years ago, you have to get there on merit.”