Peacock focus on Leeds win
Former skipper 'flabbergasted' by Bulls plight
Last Updated: 04/04/12 8:34am
Jamie Peacock: Successful spell at Bradford but wants to beat the Bulls on Friday
Jamie Peacock admits his focus is on helping Leeds to beat Bradford Bulls on Friday - despite his former club's current financial plight.
The Rhinos prop is putting up for auction on Thursday night his treasured ring and shirt from the Bulls' 2003 Grand Final victory over Wigan in aid of Bradford's desperate appeal to raise £1million to save the club from going out of business.
The Bulls say they need £500,000 by 5pm on Friday to stave off the threat of a winding-up petition from HM Revenue and Customs and to pay the players' wages this month, and Peacock is hoping his gesture will go some way towards helping them reach their target.
"The club means a lot to me. I had nine or 10 years here and I wanted to show my support for the club," he said.
"I could never have imagined this situation. I was flabbergasted really. You wonder where this has come from."
However, Peacock's loyalty will remain firmly with hometown team Leeds once the action gets under way in front of what is expected to be a 20,000-plus crowd at Odsal.
"It's three years since I played here due to injury and it's always extra special playing against your old club. It's an amazing place to play. I've seen the photo of 100,000 people crammed in here.
"You need 14,000 or 15,000 to get an atmosphere and, when you get above 20,000, it's electric. Hopefully that's going to be the case on Friday night.
"You can't help thinking about what could happen to the club but come Friday I'll be just going out there to win for Leeds, plain and simple. We've lost the last two and we have to make sure we stay in the pack at the top of the league. I won't be interested in Bradford's plight when I'm playing."
Bradford reckon a crowd above 20,000 would generate an extra £40,000 above budget to take them closer to their target. The latest total of pledges stands at £248,486.