There was a very real concern for all those involved at the Bradford Bulls, that no-one would be able to save them from liquidation, with the situation becoming potentially very serious.
Enter businessman Omar Khan, however, the director of OK Bulls Limited, as well as a successful restaurateur, who bought the club out in full – with administrators confirming the sale of the club.
Gerry Sutcliffe, the MP for Bradford South and a former Sports Minister is another one involved with the business, as Omar Khan tweeted that he had officially bought out the club.
“Omar Khan’s and Gerry Sutcliffe Save the Bradford Bulls and are the new owners of the club.”
Sutcliffe himself also posted on Twitter, saying: “Thanks to all #BradfordBulls fans for your incredible patience and support. Hard work starts now. See you all tomorrow #coyb.
“And thanks also to (coach) Mick Potter, coaching staff, players and all club staff. Shown devotion above and beyond the call #BradfordBulls.”
Although Khan has bought the club in its entirety, they still face a nervous wait, as to whether or not they will retain their place in the Superleague.
“This is a great achievement for Bradford Bulls, the players, fans and the city of Bradford,” said Brendan Guilfoyle, the Bradford Administrator.
“My main duty as administrator is to get the best return for creditors – and this was the best deal on the table.
“Omar Khan has also passed the Rugby Football League’s test as being a ‘fit and proper person’ to run a rugby club as well as being a passionate fan of the Bulls.”
Guilfoyle has made some tough decisions in the past to attempt to save money and keep the Bulls alive, but he is pleased that they have managed to keep the side together.
“I am really pleased that we were able to retain the playing squad without selling off young stars – which in the end was a crucial decision to achieve the sale.
“There are many people to thank in making this deal possible, not least employees, coaches and the interim chief executive who have all been working without pay.
“But I’m sure they would join me in saying the fans’ support has been outstanding and they have played a major part in this rescue.
“And through all this the players have won an extraordinary string of matches.”