Bulls will be out to shine against Wigan

Shaun Wane during the Wigan Warriors v Huddersfield Giants game at the DW Stadium Wigan
Shaun Wane during the Wigan Warriors v Huddersfield Giants game at the DW Stadium Wigan

SHAUN Wane reckons Bradford’s financial woes will bring the best out of their players this Friday night.

The coach expressed his sympathy after the Bulls entered administration on Tuesday.

They have a 10-day stay of execution, and if funds aren’t found during that time the once-mighty giant faces being liquidated.

And with their players facing uncertain futures, Wane reckons Friday’s clash at the DW – which will go ahead – could be their last chance to impress potential new employers.

He said: “It’s disappointing what’s happened to Bradford, but I can’t say I’m surprised.

“I know some good people there and I was gutted when I found out.

“The brutal reality is that, come Friday, their players are in the shop window, they’ll need to get fixed up – it’s their livelihoods, they need to get jobs. We’ll look at their players and other clubs will.”

Wane is hopeful Ben Flower may return for Friday’s home match, though Paul Prescott and Sam Tomkins are doubtful with injuries. Meanwhile, England coach Steve McNamara will today named his revised squad for next Wednesday’s clash with the Exiles at Huddersfield.

He is poised to name a new captain following Jamie Peacock’s retirement – and Wane reckons Sean O’Loughlin would be the ideal candidate.

“Absolutely, 100 per cent,” said Wane.

“I wouldn’t consider anyone else. He’s a leader, and if you speak to his team-mates, he’s the one they all look to”

O’Loughlin’s odds of landing the role have increased as NRL players such as James Graham and Gareth Ellis are not in contention for the clash with the Exiles. Leeds’ Kevin Sinfield and Warrington’s Adrian Morley are also in the frame.