Bradford owners will have to make three-year fixture pledge to RFL

• RFL wants guarantee from buyers on fulfilling match commitments
• New team could play in this year’s Championship with 12-point deduction

The owners of a revived Bradford will have to provide personal guarantees that the team will fulfil their fixtures over the next three years. The Rugby Football League, which has set a deadline of noon on Monday to receive offers to set up a new club, took the unusual step of making public its demands and the process owners will have to go through to meet them.

After witnessing Bradford Bulls go into administration three times in five years, the most recent one with dire consequences, the governing body appears keen to ensure the owners have sufficient funds to guarantee the club’s future, at least in the medium term.

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