Wakefield FC discuss a return to Belle Vue with Wakefield Wildcats

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CASH-STRAPPED Wakefield FC could return to play at Wakefield Wildcats’ Belle Vue ground after holding initial talks about a groundshare with the city’s Super League club.

The Evo-Stik Division 1 North club, who played at the Doncaster Road ground between 2000-06, have also discussed sharing facilities at the proposed £19m complex at Newmarket, which could provide a new home for the Wildcats.

The move would be part of big changes at Wakefield FC, who are currently groundsharing Ossett Town’s Stade France ground, in light of cash problems which have forced the Bears to take amateur status until the end of the current season at least.

“We’re looking to strike up a really good relationship with the Wildcats,” said Bevils.

“We went down and met with them last week. They want our support for the new stadium and it makes sense for the city’s football team to share facilities with the city’s rugby league team.

“We also discussed using Belle Vue again, something which could happen from the start of next season.

“It’s early days though, Wildcats are on a rolling contract in leasing Belle Vue I believe so we have to wait to see the outcome of the new stadium and take things from there.”

He continued: “We’re bloody minded in our determination to make this football club something for the city to be proud of.”

Bears president Peter Matthews spoke at a Wildcats’ meeting on Tuesday night to offer his support for the Newmarket development.

Over the last week the club has seen big changes in management and playing staff.

Steve Nicholson has left his role as player-manager to join Farsley FC. Mark Brier has come in to take charge as general manager, Tsuyoshi Takano has joined as first team manager and Darren Attwood will be assistant manager.

First team players including Tom Denton, Wes Milnes, Danny South and Paddy McGuire have also left the Bears, being replaced by a host of new players prepared to play for the club for free.

But Bevils is hoping the Bears can return to semi-professonal status in time for the 2012-13 campaign with the help of new sponsors, setting the wheels in motion to achieve their dream of giving Wakefield a Football League club.

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