Saints extend helping hand

Saints chairman Eamonn McManus.
Saints chairman Eamonn McManus.

SAINTS have followed the example of Leeds Rhinos and donated the proceeds of the away tickets from their home match against Bradford Bulls to the cash-strapped Yorkshire club.

Chairman Eamonn McManus said: “We, along with the rest of the game, hope that a positive outcome to the future of Bradford Bulls is in the offing with the administrator.

“As long as the new owner of the Bulls is fit for purpose, then we are strongly of the view that they retain their Super League licence on an ongoing basis and not merely for the balance of the season.

“They are a powerhouse of rugby league and have been a massive contributor to the commercial and playing success of Super League for much of the last 16 years.

“We would be a lesser entity without them.”

McManus added: “Bradford Bulls are a world-renowned sporting brand in their own right and a core component of Super League, as well as having the key platform to long-term commercial success – a loyal supporter base of more than 10,000 passionate and knowledgeable fans, which is the envy of many existing Super League clubs who only aspire to that.

“I have been a proponent for some time of creating a higher quality and higher intensity Super League with less than 14 teams. But regardless of whether it remains at 14 teams or is reduced in number, I strongly believe Bradford are a key and essential member in any scenario - as long as they are under the right ownership and management.”