Bulls link-up FAQ
Thursday 4th October 2012
Common queries about the new partnership are answered
Absolutely not. This is a mutually-beneficial agreement that will see outstanding young players signed to the Bulls given the opportunity to prove themselves at Championship level with the Rams. Dewsbury Rams will remain an independent club with its own players and its own ambitions.
Won't Bradford just pinch all of our best players?
Should the Bulls wish to sign a Rams player then they will be subject to the same conditions and processes as any other club. If the Rams demand a fee for a player then an agreement would have to be reached between the two clubs. Rams players are also free to sign for a different Super League club if they wish.
What's in it for Bradford?
The restructuring of the Super League Academy system for 2013 means that there are a number of players on the books at Bradford who are too old to play for the club's junior teams, but who may not be in contention for first team selection. The partnership with the Rams opens up a potential new avenue for these players to gain experience at a competitive, open-age level and continue their development.
Will our first team be full of Bradford's fringe players?
The maximum number of Bradford players allowed in the Rams match-day squad will be five, as stated by RFL rules and regulations. Rams head coach Glenn Morrison is under no obligation to select Bulls players if he does not feel they will add to his squad. Glenn has already made excellent progress towards the assembly of a competitive side for 2013 and the new arrangement will not undermine this process.
The two clubs already enjoy a strong relationship that brings valuable income to the Rams through the annual pre-season friendly and a shared lottery scheme. The Bulls are also a 'green rated' Academy club, which means their junior set-up is of a strength which permits them to partner with a Championship side in this manner.
Aren't Bradford in financial trouble?
The Bulls' financial problems in 2012 were well-documented, but the club is now under new ownership and in a position to move forward.