Deacon ‘gutted’ for his old club

PAUL Deacon last night revealed his sadness at Bradford Bulls’ grim financial plight.

The Yorkshire giants will be forced to enter administration unless they can raise £1m – including £500,000 by the end of next week.

Yesterday’s bombshell news rocked the sport and left Deacon both “stunned and gutted”.

The former Wigan half-back – now on the coaching staff at his home-town club – spent more than a decade at Odsal during his glittering playing career and as well as being a former Bulls captain, holds the Yorkshire club’s points-scoring record with 2,609.

Deacon said: “I really am gutted for them.

“Bradford have played a massive part in my life, and to see them going through this now is awful.

“I’ve still got a lot of friends there and on a personal level I feel for them, because they risk losing their jobs.”

The Bulls have asked for pledges and Deacon hopes fans from all clubs get behind the stricken Yorkshire outfit.

He added: “Bradford were the front-runners in areas like pre-match entertainment and helped make Super League the success that it is, and I hope everyone gets behind them.”

Bulls chairman Peter Hood said their position could not “be more critical”.

Bradford sold their Odsal stadium to the RFL earlier this year to pay back debts owed to the game’s governing body.