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Bulls granted 12-month licence
Bradford Bulls have been given the go-ahead to remain in Super League, at least for the next 12 months.
The Bulls effectively forfeited their three-year Super League licence, which was awarded just over 12 months ago, by going into administration on June 26.
Bradford's future was secured a fortnight ago when local restaurant owner Omar Khan agreed a deal to buy the club from the administrators, and they have now been granted a probationary 12-month licence to stay in the top flight.
RFL chief executive Nigel Wood said: "A probationary licence allows us to closely monitor the performance of Bradford Bulls next season and develop a view on what direction we take in future years."
The announcement, which came three days after Khan's takeover was ratified by the RFL, will enable the new administrators to make plans to take the club forward, although they will do so without head coach Mick Potter after he confirmed he would be returning to Australia.
Although Bradford's membership of the RFL was restored earlier this week, there were fears the club would have to undergo a mini-round of licensing in order to allow leading the Championship clubs to press their case for promotion over the Bulls.
But Khan and honorary chairman Gerry Sutcliffe were given news of the licence on Friday afternoon, along with the other Super League clubs, who had earlier agreed to stick with 14 teams for 2013.
Wood added: "This is a very positive development which provides stability for all the clubs in Super League and the Championship, and allows the sport to approach next season with even greater confidence.
"The board deliberated long and hard and took into consideration the many views of the sport's various constituents before reaching a decision which we believe is in the best interests of the whole game."