Bradford's players are to receive their wages for this month today or tomorrow, according to administrator Brendan Guilfoyle. It had been rumoured that the cash-strapped club were not able to meet their commitments to paying their players as they continueto look for a buyer.
– Brendan Guilfoyle, Bradfrod Bulls administrator
We alerted the players to the fact that their wages might not be paid on time last night, because our funding at the moment is coming from Super League (Europe). However, the players will be getting their wages today or tomorrow. While there was a delay, we told the players of this but also told them they would still be paid. Reports of non-payment are not true. I am disappointed that a confidential note to the staff of the club has been made public."
Chairman Ernie Benbow is particularly upset about the fact the players found out about a non-payment issue late last night, when they could have been told some time ago. He said the players were incensed.
– Chairman Ernie Benbow
They had communication late last night about late payment. I understand now that it has been resolved, but where is the communication? The administrator went public about this over two weeks ago, saying that the wages might not be paid in August. Two weeks later the players hear about it. You can't go around telling the press but not the players. They have a right, whether or not they are sportsmen or they do a normal job. Nobody seems to want to talk to the players. The matter may well be resolved now but if they don't work with us, what can we do? It's an utter disgrace."
The administrator at the Bradford Bulls Brendan Guilfoyle will meet with rugby league executives today to assess various offers made to buy the cash-strapped club.
The Bulls entered administration back in June and last week Guilfoyle set a deadline of Friday for interested parties to submit their bids. It's believed there are 3 unconditional offers on the table.
Bradford are around £1.5million in debt, it has been revealed. The Bulls are the subject of a takeover offer from Super League (Europe), the umbrella organisation for the 14 top-flight clubs, which, if accepted, would stave off the threat of liquidation and ensure they see the season out.