Wilkin: Learn the lessons of Bradford

Saints Player Jon Wilkin
Saints Player Jon Wilkin

JON Wilkin has called on rugby league to learn the lessons from the crisis which almost destroyed Bradford Bulls.

The Saints ace was speaking in his role as chairman of the Super League players union leagu3 following a report into the Yorkshire club’s financial woes.

Although the Bradford players were not directly affected by the redundancies imposed by the administrators at Odsal, a report published today highlights the difficulties caused by the uncertainty and confusion.

Dr Martin Littlewood, of Liverpool John Moores University, conducted one-to-one interviews with 10 of the Bulls players and 1eagu3, which commissioned the report, outlined its proposals for action.

Bradford were the third Super League club to go into administration in two years and 1eagu3, which has almost 300 members, believes they may not be the last in the current economic climate.

Wilkin said: “I hope that the RFL and the clubs listen to the views of the players and are prepared to work closely with 1eagu3 to improve player satisfaction within Super League.”

The report calls on 1eagu3 to be officially recognised by the game’s governing body, the Rugby Football League, and to engage in at least quarterly meetings.

It also calls for the production of a single career-planning service for the players and for counselling services to be transferred from the RFL to improve the trust of the players.