IT IS a sad for rugby league purists.
Six-time Championships and Super League champions Bradford Bulls will cease trading after the last remaining bidder for the troubled club pulled out of the purchase.
Bulls administrator Gary Pettit said it was an "exceedingly difficult situation" in a club statement issued overnight (AEST).
"Given the inability to secure a sale of business, the Administrators have been left with no alternative but to make all staff redundant and cease trading," he said.
JOINT ADMINISTRATORS: NO PURCHASE CONCLUDED AND BUSINESS CEASING TO TRADE— Bradford Bulls (@OfficialBullsRL) January 3, 2017
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Bradford's woes have been well-documented, having first fallen into financial difficulties in 2012. The Bulls entered administration three times in five years.
They were relegated from the Super League, England's top-tier rugby league competition, in the first season after which it was introduced (2014), and played three full seasons in the Championship.
The Bulls are one of four clubs to have won the World Club Challenge, which pits the Super League premiers against the NRL premiers, three times.
Bradford beat Newcastle Knights 41-26 in 2002, Penrith Panthers 22-4 in 2004 and and the Wests Tigers 30-10 in 2006.
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