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Potter returns to Bulls

Michael Potter is to return to coach crisis club Bradford in Sunday's match against London.
Potter returns to Bulls
by NRL

Michael Potter is to return to coach crisis club Bradford in Sunday's match against London.

The former Catalan Dragons and St Helens head coach who enjoyed a successful playing career with Canterbury Bulldogs and St George Dragons in Australia was among the victims of a spate of redundancies at the ailing Stobart Super League club on Monday and initially declined the chance to stay on in a voluntary capacity.

Forty-eight hours later, however, Potter told newly-appointed acting chief executive Gary Tasker that he was prepared to continue in the role without pay.

Assistant coaches Francis Cummins and Lee St Hilaire will also be back at work when the Bulls players report for training tomorrow to prepare for the home game against the Broncos.

"It's a great gesture from Mick and his team," said Tasker, who is also working for expenses only as a short-term replacement for Ryan Duckett.

Potter said he made his mind up to return after meeting the players socially last night.

"We felt obliged to do something," he told Press Association Sport. "It was the feeling from the players at a social gathering we went to.

"The players were pretty down and needed somebody to help them put the game on this weekend. There was a lot of heated feeling and mixed emotions.

"They just wanted some guidance. I want the Bulls to be successful and we decided to play a small part in getting the game on."

Potter said the club's conditioner Geoff Evans has also offered his services, although it is likely the club will only have a skeleton staff available.

"It probably won't be quite as normal but it's about continuity and getting a bit of stability, even if it's only for one more week," he added.

"We want go back to what we do well and then we'll probably go back to where we were.

"Hopefully the club can find an investor who would be acceptable to the RFL."

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