Following tonight’s bombshell announcement that Bradford will play home matches at Dewsbury next year, Bulls chairman Andrew Chalmers has outlined his vision for the development of a new facility in the city.

Chalmers confirmed this evening that the club will make the switch to the Rams’ Tetley’s Stadium home, but insists there are longer term plans to return to Bradford.

He told the Telegraph & Argus: “I can  confirm we have already begun the process of identifying potential alternative stadium development sites, and one of these has been raised with the Bradford Council already.

“We have also had discussion with an experienced stadium developer in the region, and have signed a memorandum of understanding with this large group to work to evaluate an affordable development option within the Bradford city boundaries.

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“I emphasise affordable because it’s important that the club can meet the future cost of being based there.

“This will realistically be a two to four year process, but as I am outlining, it’s something we have already commenced work on and are committed to.

“I will keep you updated on this initiative, as I understand the importance of the club having its long term home within the city.

“This club will always be the Bradford Bulls, whilst I’m the guardian of its ownership.”