Potter back with Bulls
Assistants Cummins and St Hilaire also back at Bradford
Last Updated: July 19, 2012 4:33pm
Mick Potter: has had a change of heart, agreeing to continue in the job without pay
Mick Potter has agreed to return to coach crisis-club Bradford for Sunday's Stobart Super League match against London Broncos.
The former Catalan Dragons and St Helens head coach was one of 16 employees at the Bulls who were made redundant by administrator Brendan Guilfoyle on Monday as a cost-cutting measure.
Potter had declined the chance to stay on in a voluntary capacity, though he has since had a change of heart, telling newly-appointed acting chief executive Gary Tasker that he was prepared to continue in the role without pay.
Assistant coaches Francis Cummins and Lee St Hilaire will also be back at work when the Bradford players report for training on Thursday to prepare for the game against the Broncos at Odsal Stadium.
"It's a great gesture from Mick and his team," said Tasker, who is also working for expenses only as a short-term replacement for Ryan Duckett.
"The players were pretty down and needed somebody to help them put the game on this weekend. There was a lot of heated feeling and mixed emotions."
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Potter said he made his mind up to return after meeting the players socially on Tuesday night.
"We felt obliged to do something," he said. "It was the feeling from the players at a social gathering we went to.
"The players were pretty down and needed somebody to help them put the game on this weekend. There was a lot of heated feeling and mixed emotions.
"They just wanted some guidance. I want the Bulls to be successful and we decided to play a small part in getting the game on."
Potter said the club's conditioner Geoff Evans has also offered his services, although it is likely Bradford will only have a skeleton staff available for what could still possibly be their final match.
"It probably won't be quite as normal but it's about continuity and getting a bit of stability, even if it's only for one more week," he added.
"We want go back to what we do well and then we'll probably go back to where we were.
"Hopefully the club can find an investor who would be acceptable to the RFL."