Bradford Bulls could be playing away from Odsal next season, according to the club’s chairman.
Andrew Chalmers reports that next week should bring with it an important update regarding “economic occupancy” at the ground and “its potential development requirements, along with the surrounding lands”.
Writing in his latest Telegraph & Argus column, he continues: “Most will agree that Odsal has reached the term of its economic life, and will need a major commitment of key partners for a substantial re-development.
“The City of Bradford needs a modern sports and entertainment complex, which can host a wide range of sporting codes and events.
“I certainly think Odsal can tick those boxes, but it will take leadership from the Bradford Council as the land owner and co-operation from the RFL as head-lease holder to make that happen.
“The Bradford Bulls have been in dialogue for 18 months with both Bradford Council and the RFL, in trying to get resolution to this situation, and frankly progress has been frustrating.
“While I understand the machinery of local government takes time, it’s possible that the Bradford Bulls might not play at Odsal next season, if a deal cannot be struck.
“If the Bulls are forced to relocate, it will do so reluctantly. Odsal is the spiritual home of the Bradford Bulls, and I know countless generations of fans who’ve graced the terraces at Odsal would be totally devastated.
“I hope this is unnecessary, however the decision will rest with the political leaders of the Bradford Council and the board of the RFL. Let’s see.”