Saving for the future
Bulls must not be forced to part with 'crown jewels, says McDermott
Last Updated: 26/06/12 11:35am
Bradford still on the brink
It would be a "travesty" if Bradford have to sell their best up-and-coming players due to their on-going financial problems, according to Barrie McDermott.
"If you strip that team, you strip the heart out of it."
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Although fans have raised £500,000 in a bid to safeguard the club's future and there is talk of new investment in the Bulls, administration remains a strong possibility.
Warrington boss Tony Smith has already admitted an interest in Bradford Bulls' rising star John Bateman and McDermott told Boots 'n' All that would be a disaster for the club.
"John Bateman is the one that causes the biggest noise; he and Elliott Whitehead are the club's crown jewels," said McDermott.
"Now, it would be a travesty if players (and I know that those two in particular have come through the system at Bradford) went.
"Bateman is a good, strong kid who is holding his own in the first team each and every week and playing really, really well. There are good youngsters underneath that as well.
"It would be a travesty if the only assets that Bradford Bulls have got at the minute were to be spread out."
Fellow Boots guest Terry O'Connor added: "I agree with Barrie. Bradford can't sell the players.
"If you strip that team, you strip the heart out of it. I've watched Bradford and I've seen all of the things that Mick Potter has put in place.
"The players have shown a tremendous amount of character to go out not knowing if they are going to get paid the following month to pay their mortgage but they've got eighth in the league table. What they've done is absolutely remarkable with everything that is going on off the pitch.
"But what my real concern is, is that they've already raised £500,000. They need a further £1¼m.
"Are you telling me that an investor is going to come into the club when they don't own the stadium - they only own the players?
"They are going to pay £1¼m just to balance the books and then they've got to go forward. They've got to build on the squad that they've got now, bring in players next year. Who is going to do that? I can't see that.
"I feel sorry for the fans, I feel sorry for people who have invested into the club, players who have put the time in and individuals who have donated money."