Ferres pledges thorough approach

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28th March 2014

New Bradford Bulls boss Steve Ferres says the club will "leave no stone unturned" in their efforts to avoid relegation from the First Utility Super League.

The Bulls won two of their opening three matches but remain five points from safety going into Sunday's round-seven game at Widnes Vikings following their points deduction for entering administration.

The club were brought out of administration this week by Leeds businessman Marc Green, whose first job was to appoint the experienced Ferres as managing director and he says the new owner has pledged to make funds available for coach Francis Cummins to bolster his depleted squad.

Ferres, who was scrum-half in the old Bradford Northern side that won back-to-back Championships in 1980 and 1981, says the new administration are determined to bring back the good times to Odsal but warns there will be no quick fix.

"Our immediate priority is to ensure we avoid relegation," said Ferres, who has been chief executive at Super League clubs Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Castleford Tigers.

"Everyone knows we are some way behind the nine ball but we are committed to doing everything we can to ensure Super League survival.

"From there, we intend to take the club forward in a controlled manner. We need to interact with our supporters, who are the heart and soul of Bradford Bulls. They have had to suffer a raw deal over the past few years and we will be working hard to win back their trust in the weeks and months ahead.

"In the medium term, we want to see the club competing at the level it should be. We will leave no stone unturned in helping Francis Cummins strengthen his squad but it is no secret that clubs are reluctant to let players go during this part of the season.

"It is about numbers but it is also about timing for us, bringing the right people to the club at the right time.

"There is no hiding from the fact that this won't be easy but we are committed to delivering a squad and ultimately a club that our fans can be proud of again."

Ferres, working alongside chief executive Robbie Hunter-Paul, has failed to add to Cummins' squad in time for Sunday's game but former Bradford winger Patrick Ah Van is warning his Widnes team-mates to prepare for a revitalised Bulls outfit at the Select Security Stadium.

"They have new owners so the players will be pleased about that and they can just concentrate on the footy now," said Ah Van, who scored 242 points in 28 appearances for Bradford in 2011.

"Playing under the circumstances they have had to endure over the past couple of months won't have been ideal so they will be glad it's all out the way now.

"We have to be very wary of them this week as they are still a very dangerous side despite their position in the Super League table."

The Vikings have won four of their opening five matches so far and are unbeaten on their artificial turf at the Select Security Stadium.