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Bradford rule out player sales

Bradford chairman Mark Moore has insisted there will be no players leaving the club who are waiting to learn if they will be docked points.

The Rugby Football League will meet next week to determine any sanctions after Bradford went into administration, with a second points deduction in two years the likely outcome.

With relegation returning to Super League this year, any loss of points would be a body blow to head coach Francis Cummins but he can take solace from Moore's pledge to ring-fence his entire first-team squad despite the club's difficult financial position.

The club were forced to make cutbacks affecting administration, including wage cuts and redundancies, and warned of possible player sales before Christmas after discovering a 400,000 financial black hole.

Moore, who is heading up a new company which bought the club from the administrator, said on Saturday: "Yesterday provided a brand-new beginning for this famous club.

"And I am delighted to announce that there is no longer an appetite to make player sales.

"We have in the past held talks with other clubs about a few of our players but prospective deals never came to fruition for one reason or another.

"However, none of that matters now. As of today, our first-team squad is ring-fenced and no-one is for sale.

"I am extremely confident in the ability of the players present within Francis Cummins' squad and I believe they are capable of competing at the very least this term."