The Rugby Football League have confirmed that Bradford Bulls have gone into liquidation and will cease to exist following financial difficulty.

Shortly before Christmas a bid for the club was made, however the Administrator denied the approach and subsequently ceased trading of the Bulls, meaning their entire squad and staff have lost their jobs.

The RFL have confirmed that if a new Bradford based club is formed before the start of the new season they will enter the Kingstone Press Championship with a 12 point deduction.

Many of the club’s players have took to social media to express their disappointment on hearing the news, including Leon Pryce who was set for a return to his hometown club after leaving Hull FC.

The halfback said that he was ‘lost for words’ while Sam Burgess, who played for the club before moving to South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL, passed on his thoughts to everyone involved.

The RFL have confirmed that they, along with Rugby League Cares, will do all they can to support the staff and players of Bradford Bulls following the news and feel that having a club in the area is vital for the sport.