Bradford Bulls coach Francis Cummins believes an upturn in fortunes for his financially-strapped club could be on the horizon as rescue talks continue with the sport's governing body.
Administrators for the club remain in negotiations with the Rugby Football League over securing new owners and adding to his playing staff, and Cummins is hopeful a breakthrough can be made before the end of the week.
The Bulls secured the services of Wigan forward Greg Burke on a month's loan earlier on Wednesday - taking the number of short-term players to four - and he will go straight into Friday's Super League clash against Hull.
Victory there would lift them off the bottom of the table, wiping out the six points they were docked for going into administration, and Cummins admits he is now looking forward to the months ahead.
Burke, 21, will be joined in the team at the KC Stadium by 19-year-old stand-off Liam Sutcliffe who signed similar terms when moving from Leeds on Tuesday.
Their arrivals take the number of loan signings to the maximum five, having already recruited Danny Bridge and James Saltonstall from Warrington and Huddersfield's Anthony Mullally.
The new faces in the squad have helped offset the departures of Gareth Carvell, Nick Scruton and Jarrod Sammut, who have all left during the club's financial crisis.
Cummins admits the Bulls remain vulnerable to predators but is hoping a swift resolution of their off-field troubles can pave the way for a more stable future.
"We found after the Wakefield win, just when we felt we were starting to build
some momentum, another spanner was thrown in there but things are starting to happen, which is good," he said.
"It's looking really positive but I'm frightened to death we're going to lose some more. There might be a club or two that has a poor result at the weekend that finds some money and things happen. But hopefully the club will have moved on a bit by then.
"Hopefully the administrator might have some definite offers by the end of the
week, that's the latest update I've had. You never know, someone might come in and buy the club and we might not lose all the six points, if there is an appeal."
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