EXCLUSIVE: Wakefield Wildcats plan to stay at Belle Vue

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Wakefield Wildcats look likely to be staying put at their Belle Vue ground.

Today those behind plans for a new dream stadium in Stanley said a redevelopment of the club’s existing ground was fast becoming their only hope of securing a home fit for the 21st century.

Sir Rodney Walker, chairman of the Wakefield and District Community Stadium Trust, ended months of speculation about plans for the £19m Newmarket Stadium, which were first proposed back in 2009.

Speaking after an ‘all party’ meeting, which took place last week, he said fans would not be disappointed with the latest proposals.

He said they were agreed as ‘a way forward’ by representatives of Wakefield Council, developers Yorkcourt Properties Ltd, club officials and trustees.

Sir Rodney said: “The debate we were having was whether or not a new stadium is preferable to an upgrade of Belle Vue.

“The developer and club are happy with either, but on balance it was agreed we could make progress more quickly on a complete redevelopment of Belle Vue.”

See Friday’s Express for full story.