Two new Bradford Rugby League teams registered on Companies House as Bulls prepare to leave city

‘Bradford Rugby League Football Club 2020 Ltd’ and ‘Bradford Northern Rugby League Football Club 2020 Ltd’ have been registered on Companies House (August 19).

The discovery comes after Bradford Bulls announced they would play their home matches away from the city next season at Dewsbury’s Tetley’s Stadium.

No one has yet come forward to claim responsibility for the new ventures however Bradford Park Avenue owner Gareth Roberts vowed to set up a new Rugby League club in the city on August 15.

Roberts offered Bulls’ chairman Andrew Chalmers the chance to keep the club in Bradford and play at Avenue’s Horsfall Stadium next season, describing it as a “viable alternative”.

But hours after their Dewsbury move was announced, which Roberts described as ‘disappointing’, he vowed to set up a new professional club to keep Rugby League alive and well in a BD postcode.

The statement released on the National League football club’s website confirmed that conversations were already ongoing and that further details would be announced soon.

Speaking on August 15, Roberts said: “This is a sad day for Bradford but we will keep the option for them to ground share with us open as long as we can.

“After that we’ll look to set up a new professional club to keep Rugby League alive and well in a BD postcode. If that happens we’ll continue with our commitment to making Bradford a ‘Sporting City’!

“In my lifetime I have seen Bradford go from a truly great City of sport with two professional football teams, a first class county cricket ground and a Rugby League team that were once World Club Champions, to a place that is clinging onto its sporting heritage.

“We applaud Bradford City for what they have achieved in recent years but the Bulls leaving means Bradfordians have slim pickings if they want to watch professional sport.”

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