Rugby League is alive in Bradford. Yesterday it was announced that Former New Zealand Rugby League Chairman, Andrew Chambers, and ex Queensland and Wigan coach, Graham Lowe, are the new owners of the Bradford Club that was placed into liquidation in January. Since the announcement, it is believed that the pair have meet with the approximately 25 players and other coaching staff regarding moving forward, and expect to have the contract situation sorted by midweek, before they look at adding to the squad in time for the seasons kick off at relegated Hull KR on Sunday 5th February. One person who is reported to have agreed terms is ex GB, St Helens and Hull standoff Leon Pryce who returned to Bradford in the close season The new owners have also agreed to honour the season tickets for 2017 that were purchased prior to the club entering liquidation.
One person who won’t be at Odsal this season is coach Rohan Smith. The 35-year-old Australian was only appointed in May on a three-year contract, but after meeting with the new owners, it was announced he has left by ‘mutual’ consent after not being offered a role within the new club. An early front-runner for the coaching position is ex Bradford and New Zealand star Henry Paul. Paul played for the Bulls between 1999 and 2001 alongside his younger brother, Robbie Hunter-Paul, who until recently was the Bradford Bulls CEO. Paul’s coaching career to date includes mostly Rugby Union teams, including the Russian national team. He currently coaches Union in the UAE.