Saints backing Bradford
Bulls too important to lose says St Helens chairman
Last Updated: 20/08/12 7:25pm
Bradford Bulls: A key part of the Super League
St Helens say it is important that Bradford's bid to retain their Super League licence is successful.
The Bulls have a deadline of Tuesday afternoon to get business plans to the Rugby Football League, and clubs will discuss their next move on Wednesday.
"They are a world renowned sporting brand in their own right and a core component of Super League.
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Saints chairman Eamonn McManus has in the past called for a reduction in the number of clubs from 14 but insists that Bradford are too valuable to lose.
"We hope that a positive outcome to the future of Bradford Bulls is in the offing with the administrator," said McManus.
"As long as the new owner of the Bulls is fit for purpose, then we are strongly of the view that they retain their Super League licence on an ongoing basis and not merely for the balance of the season.
"They are a powerhouse of rugby league and have been a massive contributor to the commercial and playing success of Super league over much of the last 16 years."We would be a lesser entity without them.
They are a world renowned sporting brand in their own right and a core component of Super League.
"They have the key platform to long-term commercial success - a loyal supporter base of over 10,000 passionate and knowledgeable fans, which is the envy of many existing Super League clubs who only aspire to that.
"Those fans have shown an enormous commitment to the cause in very distressing circumstances in recent months and have more than shown Bradford to be a city that wants and totally deserves Super League."