BRADFORD BULLS officials are delighted to announce the completion of its takeover, with Marc Green today finalising the purchase of the club.
Mr Green, pictured above (right),managing director of Leeds-based Safeguard Security Group, has acquired the club having agreed a fee and terms with the administrator, which was later ratified by the sport’s governing body, the Rugby Football League.
Mr Green – whose bid was approved yesterday as the successful one – this morning met with staff and players in his new role as chairman.
Robbie Hunter-Paul is to remain in position as the club’s chief executive and Mr Green has acted swiftly to bolster the Bulls’ senior management team, appointing Steve Ferres as managing director.
The former Bradford Northern player and Wakefield, Castleford and York CEO, pictured above (left), is to bring vast experience to The Provident Stadium, driving the club forward into a new era.
“I am really pleased to have completed the takeover of this fantastic club,” said Mr Green, a successful local businessman who owns, manages and operates an extensive, multi-million pound business portfolio.
“Bradford Bulls is a major sporting brand in the United Kingdom and I think this has been proven by the sheer volume of national media coverage which the club has received throughout the process of its future being secured.
“I have been working with the Bulls for the best part of six months, prior to this, and I think it is important for the supporters, stakeholders and staff to work towards restoring this club to its former glory.
“Now that the takeover is complete, the team and I are in a position to move forward with the business.
“We are confident, in a short amount of time, we can make a full audit of every business unit and prioritise the aspects that will make the biggest impact.
“We will be working extremely hard over the coming months, with our number-one objective and main priority being to ensure Super League survival for this historic club.
“I am fully aware of the club’s past successes and of its proud heritage, and am keen to build on it in the years ahead.
“I am using the expertise the club already has and I have brought in further knowledge and capability, with the appointment of Steve Ferres, highlighting my commitment to the future success of the Bulls.
“I am delighted to have Steve on board. He is highly regarded across rugby league and his expertise is going to bear fruit in the times ahead and he will help get this club back to where it belongs.
“Myself, Steve and Robbie are fully behind the head coach Francis Cummins and his backroom staff. We believe he is the man to deliver on-field success for Bradford Bulls.
“Finally, on behalf of the Bulls, I would like to thank David Wilson, of DFW Associates, and his team for all of their efforts throughout this process.”
The brand-new holding company, Bradford Bulls Northern Ltd, will now take full control of the club.