Super League: Bradford Bulls set to recruit after Marc Green deal

 

Francis Cummins, the Bradford coach, was busy drawing up a shopping list on Wednesday after the Bulls finally found a new owner. Local businessman Marc Green finalised a deal to buy the Super League club from the administrators and, after being approved by the Rugby Football League, outlined his plans to turn around their fortunes.

Cummins’ team are bottom of the table on minus two points after having six docked for going into administration and Green says his priority is to avoid relegation to the Championship.

Having lost three key players – Nick Scruton, Garreth Carvell and Jarrod Sammut – to rival Super League clubs as a direct consequence of their financial troubles, the Bulls desperately need reinforcements and Cummins has not ruled out making signings in time for Sunday’s match at Widnes.

“It’s very early,” Cummins said. “There are a few other things he needs to sort in the first three hours of owning a club. But I’m sure before it gets to 10 hours we’ll be looking at that. I don’t know if I’m a millionaire or if we have to find another way.

“I’ve got all kinds of lists. I’ve been almost playing fantasy football manager for the past three months, looking at who I’d like and who’s available.

“We need some numbers. I’ve got people from other clubs asking if we are after certain positions, which shows that it’s not that hard.”

Because it will take time for the UK Border Agency certificate to be transferred to the new company, Bradford Bulls Northern Ltd, Cummins is likely to restrict his immediate recruitment to domestic players. “Enquiries are going on now,” he said. “There is a cut-off on Thursday and we’re looking at that now.”

Green, managing director of Leeds-based Safeguard Security Group, fended off competition from a London-based consortium and Mandy Koukash, wife of Salford’s chairman Marwan Koukash, and bids from the two local football clubs, Bradford City and Bradford Park Avenue.

An “angry” Marwan Koukash claimed there had been a lack of contact from the parties involved in the sale of the club after his wife’s interest came to light, while Mandy revealed she had failed in a renewed late bid for the club. “Well done to Mr Green,” she tweeted. “Very disappointed with the outcome, twice I attempted to increase my bid.”

The 48-year-old Green will be the sole shareholder but may appoint other directors. He assured Cummins that his job is safe and is also keeping on former club captain Robbie Hunter-Paul as chief executive, with Steve Ferres, another former Bradford player who has held the posts of chief executive at Wakefield and Castleford, appointed as the club’s managing director.

The Bulls have been in administration for the last eight weeks but their financial difficulties stretch back two years and Cummins was among the club staff who were made redundant by the original administrator in the summer of 2012.

“[The takeover] was a nice little present for us all,” he said. “We’ve been in a tumble drier for a while, being thrown all over the place. There were a few more smiles. It was a bit of closure for them.”

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Sport
Adnan Januzaj and Gareth Bale
footballManchester United set to loan out Januzaj to make room for Bale - if a move for the Welshman firms up
Arts and Entertainment
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones
film
News
i100
Sport
Yaya Sanogo, Mats Hummels, Troy Deeney and Adnan Januzaj
footballMost Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month
News
Nigel Farage celebrates with a pint after early local election results in the Hoy and Helmet pub in South Benfleet in Essex
peopleHe has shaped British politics 'for good or ill'
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
Say it with... lyrics: The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches

Say it with... lyrics

The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches
Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

Monique Roffey interview

The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones
DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
Olivia Jacobs & Ben Caplan: 'Ben thought the play was called 'Christian Love'. It was 'Christie in Love' - about a necrophiliac serial killer'

How we met

Olivia Jacobs and Ben Caplan
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's breakfasts will revitalise you in time for the New Year

Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

Our chef's healthy recipes are perfect if you've overindulged during the festive season
Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

Most Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month
The Last Word: From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015

Michael Calvin's Last Word

From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015