BRADFORD’S financial problem has been the off-field story of the season to date.
The four-time Super League champions announced at the end of last month they needed £1m after their overdraft facility was closed, or the club would cease to exist.
The Bulls board turned to their fans and the wider rugby league community to make the initial payment of £500,000.
And they responded, showing the high regard the club is held in within in the sport.
Bradford’s first team players have not left the economic uncertainty effect their on-field performance though, with the club currently seventh on the league ladder, above both last year’s Grand Finalists Leeds and St Helens, with victories also coming against the two.
Play-off participation is the goal once again for the Bulls, with the former multiple world club champions failing to participate in the end of season knock out rounds for the past three years.
This year’s recruitment has again seen another player merry-go-round, with nine players going out and eight coming in.
Among those have come talented centre duo Keith Lulia and Adrian Purtell from the Newcastle Knights and the Penrith Panthers respectively, who have become a formidable duo in the Bradford backs division.
The lack of strike has been Bradford’s main problem over recent years, and with that problem now to a degree eradicated, they are sure to be more of a problem for the Giants this coming Sunday.
BRETT Kearney will be the Bulls main threat on Sunday.
The former Cronulla Shark is a major weapon when supporting the attacking line and is an impressive last line of defence.
His kick-returns will also be something Huddersfield need to deal with if they hope to take the two points away from Odsal.
But if the Bulls pack don’t get the better of the Giants’ forwards, then Kearney could prove ineffective on attack.
MICK POTTER will be hoping to mastermind a similar success against former coaching partner Nathan Brown.
Bradford Bulls embarrassed the Giants 36-0 last time the two sides met, with the Bulls tactics catching the Giants off guard in soaking wet conditions.
That was one of the high points of a poor first season for the former Catalans and Saints coach as he led the club to their second successive 10th place finish.
The former Dally M Medallist’s dealings with the current financial plight and the improvement playing-wise shown so far this season will be encouraging in his search for a new contract, though.