Bulls confident of Henry deal


23rd October 2013

Bradford Bulls say they are to press ahead with the signing of Australian centre Adam Henry after edging closer to completing the club's change of ownership.

Bulls coach Francis Cummins lined up the 22-year-old Auckland-born Henry, who has made four appearances for Sydney Roosters, as a replacement for departed centre Keith Lulia.

But the club were barred from any further transfer activity after former owner Omar Khan announced last month he was stepping down due to ill health and handing over control to general manager Ryan Whitcut and local businessman Mark Moore, subject to approval from Rugby Football League.

Whitcut said the new board of directors presented their business plan and proof of funding to the governing body late last week and yesterday held a "positive" meeting with RFL chief executive Nigel Wood and director of standards and licensing Blake Solly.

"We have been given assurances that the RFL will move as quickly as possible to conclude the process of changing control," Whitcut said.

"Both Nigel Wood and Blake Solly were impressed with what we have produced for them and the quality of the new directors announced in the last couple of weeks.

"We are hoping that things should be sorted out by the end of this week. We are now also in a position to proceed with the signing of Adam Henry from Sydney Roosters, which is really positive news for the club and its supporters."

Solly said: "It was good to meet with the new board of directors today and hear their commitment to the club, the players and the supporters.

"We are moving as quickly as possible to conclude the process of approving the change of control, and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the directors of the club for assisting in the process."