RFL: Wakefield Wildcats “face a number of challenges” to retain licence

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WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats “face a number of challenges” if they are to hold on to their Super League licence, that is the view of the RFL in a summary of the club’s application that secured a renewed licence in July.

The Wildcats prevailed in their bid for a place in Super League having been awarded a Grade C licence and in a summary of each club’s application published this week, the RFL highlighted a number of areas where the club must improve if they are to remain in the top flight.

The report said: “Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ application confirmed that new ownership has injected enthusiasm, capital and business acumen into the club.

“The business plan provided achievable targets for growing the business, and a realistic strategy to reach these targets.

“Wakefield’s performance on the field and player supply across the current licence period has been acceptable and their community programme is excellent.”

“However commercial, financial and governance performance in this licence period has been poor, with the club entering administration in February of 2011.

“The club continues to face a number of challenges. The stadium position is uncertain, and the significant challenge for the club will be to deliver the commercial and supporter growth required to allow the club to trade in a sustainable manner whilst improving competitiveness on the pitch.”

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