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Bulls move to ally winding-up fears

Bradford have moved to allay fears for the club's future after being faced with a winding-up petition over an alleged unpaid tax bill.

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The petition, brought by HM Revenue and Customs, was due to be heard at the High Court on November 30 but the Bulls say their legal advisers have begun the process of having the notice removed.

"It is our understanding the petition has been incorrectly lodged against the company," said Bradford chairman Marc Green in a statement.

"Our solicitors are now dealing with this and we expect to see the matter resolved - and the winding-up petition removed - imminently."

The Bulls have twice been in administration in the last three years and were relegated from Super League at the end of the 2014 season.


First Million Pound Match sees Wakefield coach take on former captain

Wakefield's Belle Vue will be the venue for whats been billed as the Million Pound match - the difference in financial terms between playing in the Championship and the Super League - and sees 2 traditional West Yorkshire sides go head to head.

Bradford Bulls are hoping to bounce back to the top flight after a year in the second tier, whereas Wakefield are looking to avoid dropping down a division.

To add to the drama the game pits Bulls head coach James Lowes against the man who signed him from Bradford back in the 1990's Brian Smith - now in charge at Trinity:

Wayne Godwin hangs up his boots

Former Castleford Tigers and Bradford Bulls hooker Wayne Godwin has announced his retirement.

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In a letter posted on Twitter, the 33-year-old said: "After 15 years playing professional rugby league, I'm sad to announce my retirement from the greatest game of all.

I'd love to play all my life but my body can't take much more. My Knee injury has stopped me playing to the standard I set for myself so I had to make the hard decision to call it a day.

– Wayne Godwin

He will play his final game on Sunday for Championship club Dewsbury Rams after joining two years ago.

Godwin is the fourth player in a fortnight to announce his retirement following Adrian Morley, Richard Mathers and Garreth Carvell.

Former Bradford chairman Jack Bates dies aged 94

Rugby League is mourning former Bradford chairman Jack Bates, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 94.

Bates served on the Bradford board for over 30 years and was an influential figure during the club's transformation from Bradford Northern to the hugely successful Bradford Bulls.

"It is with sadness that we have learned of Jack's death. He was a great servant to both his beloved Bradford Bulls and to the sport of Rugby League."

– Nigel Wood, Rugby Football League chief executive

Purtell to stay with Bradford Bulls until 2017

Adrian Purtell says he has 'really enjoyed' his time with the Bulls and has 'no desire' to move elsewhere. Credit: Press Association

Adrian Purtell has agreed a new two-year deal with Bradford Bulls, extending his stay with the club until at least the end of 2017.

The 30-year-old Australian said he has 'really enjoyed' his time with the Bulls and has 'no desire' to move elsewhere.

“I love the community feel about the Bulls and the way the supporters continue to get behind the club. I am very positive about where this club can go. Super League is where I and everyone else wants to be, and I feel there is enough quality here to ensure we achieve our goal of promotion. I am totally committed to the cause, whether that means top-flight rugby next year or even the year after. The worst-case scenario will see us have another crack at promotion in 2016, with another fantastic team.”

– Adrian Purtell

He joined the club back in 2011, following lengthy stints in the National Rugby League with Canberra and Penrith.


Former Bulls coach wins wrongful dismissal case

Former Bradford Bulls head coach Francis Cummins has won his case for wrongful dismissal against his old club.

Francis Cummings has won his case for wrongful dismissal against Bradford Bulls Credit: Press Association

The 38-year-old former Leeds and Great Britain winger was in charge of the Bulls from September 2012 to June 2014 when he was sacked by the current administration with the team in danger of relegation from Super League.

Cummins had 18 months left on his three-year contract and took his case to the Leeds County Court, which delivered its verdict after a two-day hearing.

Cramer's Leeds-based lawyer Richard Cramer told Press Association Sport: "Francis has won his case. This brings to an end two difficult years for him.

"Damages are to be assessed at a later date but Bradford have been ordered to pay £20,000 in costs on account."

Former Labour MP and Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe, a one-time club director, and former owner of the Bulls, Omar Khan, gave evidence on Cummins' behalf.

Bulls land Featherstone's Mendeika

Bradford have signed Ireland international James Mendeika from Championship rivals Featherstone.

Bradford have signed Ireland international James Mendeika from Championship rivals Featherstone. Credit: Bradford Bulls

The 23-year-old former Warrington and London Broncos utility back, who appeared in all of Ireland's group games against Australia, Fiji and England in the 2013 World Cup, has joined the Bulls with immediate effect on a deal that takes him through to the end of the 2017 season.

"It is great to be back within a full-time environment and I am looking forward to repaying the faith the club has shown in me," said Mendeika.

Bradford coach James Lowes, who coached Mendeika during his time in charge of Warrington, said: "James is a very talented, up-and-coming player and we are pleased to have secured his services.

"Injuries have set him back a little over the past couple of years but he has a long career ahead and he is certainly looking to make a name for himself here."

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