Talks with a consortium interested in buying Bradford will continue on Monday, with administrator Brendan Guilfoyle in a race against time to save the club
The consortium, consisting of a group of local businessmen, attended the struggling club’s impressive 44-12 victory over the Broncos on Sunday - a victory that kept the club’s play-off dreams alive.
Earlier, Guilfoyle announced that the deadline for putting the club into liquidation is Monday, but conceded that talks with the consortium are ongoing.
“They are asking lots of questions and seeking lots of assurances,” commented Guilfoyle - who was joined at the meeting by the leader of Bradford Council, David Green after the game against the Broncos.
“They’re looking at it and we’re re-convening tomorrow [Monday].”
Sunday’s victory was Bradford’s third consecutive win, moving them up to sixth place on the Super League table and giving them something of a cushion should any points be deducted for going into liquidation - the penalty for breaking the game’s insolvency regulations.
The win was also just reward for staff members that were laid off earlier in the week, but offered to work for free to have the game go ahead on schedule.
That included head coach Mick Potter - who was given a guard of honour by his players after the match - but the popular Australian conceded that the club cannot run on goodwill alone.
“It’s phenomenal what the staff have done, but the cuts have been made for a reason and four staff cannot run a rugby league club. It’s not possible.
“I don’t know how they fix it up because it’s not a long-term solution what we’ve done today.
“What happened today was for the love of the club. People had the passion to get the game on, they didn’t want to let anybody down. But it’s not sustainable long-term.”
Furthermore, Potter added that he will see out his current contract with the club, but that he is already looking for other employment within rugby league.
“I’d love nothing better than to stay here at Bradford and complete what I’ve come here to do but that’s out of my control.
“If I get a job somewhere else, I’m going to take it because at the moment I’m unemployed,” the former St Helens and Catalan Dragons boss concluded.