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Bradford Bulls get the backing of other clubs as they wait to find out their fate.

St Helens have thrown their weight behind Bradford's bid to retain their Super League licence.

The Bulls' future remains uncertain as the Rugby Football League wait to see the plans of four potential saviours willing to take the club out of administration, with relegation to the Championship a distinct possibility.

The RFL, who have the right to vet any new owners, have set a deadline of this afternoon to receive business plans from the bidders and the Super League clubs are due to discuss their next move tomorrow.

St Helens chairman Eamonn McManus has in the past called for a reduction in the number of Super League clubs from 14 but insists that Bradford are too valuable to lose.

"We, along with the rest of the game, hope that a positive outcome to the future of Bradford Bulls is in the offing with the administrator," said McManus.

"As long as the new owner of the Bulls is fit for purpose, then we are strongly of the view that they retain their Super League licence on an ongoing basis and not merely for the balance of the season.

"They are a powerhouse of rugby league and have been a massive contributor to the commercial and playing success of Super league over much of the last 16 years.

"We would be a lesser entity without them. They are a world-renowned sporting brand in their own right and a core component of Super League.

"They have the key platform to long-term commercial success - a loyal supporter base of over 10,000 passionate and knowledgeable fans, which is the envy of many existing Super League clubs who only aspire to that.

"Those fans have shown an enormous commitment to the cause in very distressing circumstances in recent months and have more than shown Bradford to be a city that wants and totally deserves Super League."

St Helens have become the latest club to donate proceeds from away-ticket sales from their recent home match against the Bulls to the Bradford club. Super League (Europe), the umbrella organisation of the elite clubs, have submitted a bid to take over the Bulls while offers are also thought to have come from a local businessman and neighbouring football clubs Bradford City and Bradford Park Avenue.

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