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Bradford Bulls in administration - again

Odsal Stadium - the home of the Bradford Bulls Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Chairman Marc Green has revealed that the Bradford Bulls have been placed into administration for the third time in the last four years.

The Kingstone Press Championship club faced a winding-up petition by HM Revenue and Customs last month due to a tax dispute.

"I have been talking to a number of serious investors and purely the pressure from HMRC has forced the club to be put into this position to save its future," Green said in a statement.

Tax officials said at a hearing in London last month that the club owes around £350,000. But the Bulls say the debt is nearer £133,000 - and £100,000 has already been paid.

Bradford finished fifth in the Championship last term, missing out on a place in the Qualifiers and a chance of promotion back to Super League.

"There is a dispute between ourselves and HMRC which we have been working hard to resolve since the winding-up petition was issued, and despite two adjournments from the courts to resolve this matter we have been unable to do so.

"We were concerned over the ability to secure a third adjournment and therefore this action became unavoidable to protect the club. "I will be working closely with the administrators over the coming weeks and it is my intention to regain this club from them within the shortest practicable time frame.

"Regardless of whether I remain at the helm of this great club, I will ensure all memberships already purchased for next season will remain valid, as will the offer under which they were purchased. I believe the future of Bradford Bulls is still strong."

– Marc Green, Bradford Bulls Chairman

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Howarth joins Bulls on loan deal

Wakefield Wildcats hooker Stuart Howarth joins Bradford Bulls on a month's loan.

Stuart Howarth in action for Salford Credit: Press Association

The 26-year-old former Hull FC player, who has started Trinity's last two Super League matches, will help the Bulls offset the loss of hooker Joe Lumb with a knee injury and is set to make his debut against Halifax on Sunday.

Bradford Bulls appoint Rohan Smith as new head coach

Rohan Smith

Bradford Bulls have appointed Rohan Smith as their new head coach.

Smith joins the Bulls on a three-year deal after being allowed to leave his assistant coach position at Australian side Gold Coast Titans.

He's the son of ex-Bulls head coach Brian Smith, who left his job in charge of Wakefield earlier this season. Rohan Smith replaces James Lowes, who left the club for personal reasons.

I cannot wait to get over to England and I am really looking forward to the next chapter of my career working for the Bulls. I’ve had a long affinity with the Bulls since 1996 at the beginning of the Super League with my dad and it was great to be a part of it watching on from the stands.

I was fortunate enough to start coaching at a young age and my path has been a bit different to the path which most coaches take. I’ve been the apprentice at a series of NRL clubs, plus the time I spent in the UK with London Broncos and during that time, the Provident Stadium, Odsal was always an intimidating place to visit but also exciting at the same time.

This position I feel is something I have worked hard for and I’m ready to take it on.

– Rohan Smith
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