Dons hope for pay day at cash strapped Bulls

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DONS coach Tony Miller was rubbing his hands today at the prospect of a trip to Super League giants Bradford Bulls in the Challenge Cup fourth round.

The draw provided Miller’s men with a dream tie at the famous Odsal ground on the weekend of April 14/15.

After the Dons had demolished amateurs Sharlston Rovers in the third round on Saturday, Miller said he would love to take on one of the big boys next - and his wish was granted.

He said last night: “It’s a great tie for all of us – the players, the fans and everyone involved with the club.”

Bradford have won the World club championship three times, been crowned Super League champions four times and have reached the Challenge Cup final 11 times – winning on five occasions.

But Miller insisted: “It’s a one off match and anything can happen.

“They’ve got some outstanding players but we’ve got some youngsters who might one day play in Super League and it will be brilliant experience and a great test for them.

“There will also be a few thousand in the stadium and it could be a good pay day for the club and set us up for the rest of the season.” But he added: “We’ve got a couple of important league games before then, starting with South Wales Scorpions at home this Sunday, so we need to be focused and take it one match at a time.”

However, the Bulls revealed yesterday that they will be forced to enter administration if they fail to raise the £1million they say they need to rescue the cash-strapped club.

The Bulls, currently eighth in the Super League, say they have run out of money and have warned they need to reach at least half their target in the next 10 days in order to keep the club afloat.

Bulls chief executive Ryan Duckett said the club’s financial problems reached crisis point as a result of a decision by the Royal Bank of Scotland to cut their overdraft facility ahead of payments due to HM Revenue and Customs.