Bradford Bulls officials have today confirmed their intention to challenge the points deduction imposed by the Rugby Football League (RFL), in the High Court.
The six-point deduction suffered earlier this year, as a result of the club entering administration, was recently upheld by a Sporting Sanctions Appeal Panel.
The panel ruled the Bulls had not met the necessary threshold to allow an appeal to be fully considered.
However, the Bulls' legal representatives have reviewed the decision and, as a result, the club has decided to further pursue legal action against the RFL.
A spokesperson for Bradford Bulls' board of directors said: “Our solicitors and barrister have now had further opportunity to consider the complex issues raised, both in relation to the original points deduction and the subsequent decision of the Sporting Sanctions Appeal Panel to uphold it.
“The advice which the club has received is positive and, as a consequence of that indication, it is the club's intention to pursue what are considered to be appropriate legal remedies.
“The decision to do so has not been made lightly and will be continually reviewed to ensure that any action taken is beneficial to the club, players, partners, supporters and the sport as a whole.
“We are conscious of the fact others may be affected by our decision and indeed any outcome to the process. Together with the club's legal team, we shall endeavour to ensure matters are dealt with as efficiently as possible.
“It would not be right, in a statement such as this, to provide full and detailed reasoning for the actions being taken, or to analyse the basis of taking those actions.
“Suffice it to say, we would not embark upon such an exercise without good reason and cause. We are not doing this just for us as a club, we are pursuing matters for the good of the wider game.
“If and when proceedings are issued, we will be able to release further details and, subject to any advice that we as a club receive, we will be happy to update supporters, players and sponsors alike."
The club will be making no further comment on the matter at this time.