Wakefield Wildcats chairman considers ground-share with Castleford Tigers

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WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats chairman Andrew Glover has admitted that a ground-share with rivals Castleford Tigers remains an option for the club as they look to secure a renewed Super League licence.

In a statement released by the club, Glover reveals that the Wildcats remain committed to developing a new stadium at the Newmarket site but other options are being considered.

The statement said: “Newmarket is still plan A, as that will guarantee our future for years to come.

“Unfortunately, we don’t have a timescale on this and if we only look at this, it’s virtually a certainty that we will lose our Super League licence for the next three years.

“With this in mind, [Wildcats chief executive James Elston] and I are looking at all possibilities available, including a stadium share with another club in Wakefield, the redevelopment of Belle Vue and even sharing Newmarket with Castleford, which should guarantee both clubs’ future.

“I know that the last option to share with Castleford may not sit pretty with a lot of fans, but it may be the only way forward and something we have to look at.”

Glover also revealed that the club is chasing new signings to bolster John Kear’s squad. Glover said: “There are funds available for players, but we are finding it very difficult to sign anyone, with the experience and quality we desire.

“There is always a question mark over our future, it’s going to be difficult to find people that are prepared to commit to the club.

“We are actively looking to make the improvements we need and are considering all available players.

“As we stand at the moment, we still don’t have the ability to sign overseas players, as you need a licence to sponsor them. This will take at least four more weeks to come.

“We still have two overseas quotas left and a couple of great players in the pipeline, unfortunately none signed as of yet.”

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