Pryce salutes special Bulls bond
Bradford winger Karl Pryce claims a special bond between the players will help them through the crisis that is engulfing the beleaguered club.
The administrator currently running the Bulls has just five working days left to find a buyer to save the former champions from extinction.
The Bradford players demonstrated they have the stomach for the fight when they pulled off a stunning victory over table-toppers Wigan last night and they are now hoping officials can replicate their battling efforts.
"It's a special group, we'll do anything for each other," said Bradford-born Pryce, the two-try hero of the Bulls' 30-22 victory at the DW Stadium.
"We've not been too far away all season. We've struggled to put an 80 minutes together, we've done an odd 40 minutes or 50 and fallen off.
"Today we had nothing to lose and went out there and enjoyed it. We played with a smile on our face and it just shows we're not a half-bad side.
"We showed desire, plain and simple, and a commitment to the cause and the fans who turn out week in, week out. They were fantastic today. They've been with us since the crisis began."
Bradford have lost just four out of 11 matches since news of their financial crisis broke in March but the situation has reached a critical point.
With no money left to pay wages in July, administrator Brendan Guilfoyle is expected to start making redundancies on Monday and says he cannot guarantee next Sunday's home game against London Broncos will go ahead.
With a tax bill of around £300,000 wiped out by going into administration, Guilfoyle estimates it might cost any prospective new owner only around £500,000 to see the club through to the end of the season.
Pryce is hoping all is not lost and, while the search for investment goes on, insists it is business as usual for the players.
"We can't do anything off the field about it," he said. "It's going to happen no matter what we say or do.
"All we can do is come into training every day and continue to train as hard as we can and obviously when it comes to 80 minutes on the field.
"That's what we do best and that's the only thing we can really worry about. That's something we'll continue to do unless told otherwise.
"What happens now is tomorrow morning we turn in for recovery and we've got a schedule for next week.
"We've got to turn up next week and put in a performance against London. It's no good turning Wigan over on their own patch and then putting in a poor performance back home. It's business as usual."
The Bradford players met officials of the Rugby Football League after training on Thursday in an effort to gain some assurances but the threat of losing their livelihoods is never far from their thoughts.
Redundancies may not be restricted to backroom and office staff but Pryce, who is one of 17 players out of contract at the end of the season, is adamant the uncertainty will not affect displays on the pitch as long as they get the chance to perform.
"It's difficult," he said. "We're going talk about it but, as soon we get into the changing room, it's a totally different ball game.
"It's at the back of your mind but it's something you've got to get on with. We've a strong character in this team and we'd do anything for each other."