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Hood set to quit Bulls
Bradford chairman Peter Hood is preparing to depart the beleaguered Super League club in the wake of calls for his resignation.
Hood, who launched a desperate appeal for £1million to save them from bankruptcy, revealed he is to stand down after six years at the helm and 18 years on the board. He is facing a vote of no confidence from his predecessor Chris Caisley at an extraordinary general meeting next month and has accepted his fate.
Writing in the programme for the Bulls' Super League home game against Huddersfield, Hood said: "I anticipate this being my last contribution to a Bradford Bulls programme... From my personal perspective, it has been an honour to have served the club for more than 18 years in total since 1989."
Co-director Andrew Bennett, who claimed last month that the Bulls were "at death's door", is also set to be voted out of office at an extraordinary general meeting called by Caisley, who remains Bradford's major shareholder despite stepping down as chairman in 2006.
Hood said: "For a handful of shareholders in Bradford Bulls Holdings led by former chairman Chris Caisley, who between them hold slightly in excess of 50% of the company's share capital, have given notice that they intend to vote myself and Andrew Bennett out of office at an extraordinary general meeting called for next month."
"I shall take with me many fond memories - for colleagues past and present, for friends made across the rugby league community, for famous victories and infamous defeats," he added.
"There has been speculation that Mr Caisley and his cohorts may be in a position to introduce new funding into the club. If that proves to be the case, it is to be greatly welcomed and applauded for, as we know, the role of moneymen these days is central to sporting success.
"Neither I nor Andrew Bennett would wish to be an impediment to that."
Chief executive Ryan Duckett is the other member of Bradford's three-strong board and is expected to stay on as part of a new regime.
Bradford reached their initial target of £500,000 to pay this month's wages and settle an outstanding tax bill, which removed the threat of a winding-up petition, and are in talks with local business figures in a bid to raise the remaining amount of money they say they need to guarantee their immediate future.