Bradford Bulls reach initial £500,000 goal

Bradford Bulls have announced they have reached their first target of £500,000 as they look to stay in business.

On 27 March the club revealed they needed to raise £1m to stay afloat.

The Bulls have so far raised £506,000 through a combination of pledges, gate receipts and an auction.

"Fans, supporters, sponsors, local business and the entire rugby league community have come together in a remarkable effort," chief executive Ryan Duckett said.

In the initial announcement, Bradford said an impending tax bill and a changed banking lending arrangement had left them with virtually no cash.

Bulls' major honours

World Club Championship - 2002, 2004, 2006

Super League champions - 1997, 2001, 2003, 2005

Minor Premiers - 1999, 2001, 2003

Grand Finalists - 1999, 2002, 2004

Challenge Cup winners - 1943-44, 1946-47, 1948-49, 2000, 2003.

Duckett continued: "The club will now proceed to the next phase of our plan, in connection with which I can confirm a number of confidential discussions are underway.

"We now need everyone to redeem their pledges as soon as possible so that the club can address its short-term issues while those discussions continue.

"The directors, staff, coaching staff and players would like to sincerely thank all of those who have pledged and those who have contributed in a broader sense."

Bradford extended the initial deadline from 1130 BST Saturday to Easter Monday after falling just short.

The club now need to raise a further £494,000 by the end of the month.