Wakefield Wildcats deal falls through

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A DEAL that had been expected to pull the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats straight back out of administration has fallen through.

The troubled club was placed in administration this morning and was expected to be immediately bought by Yorkshire businessman Steve Parkin, director of Guiseley AFC . But the deal fell through yesterday.

Andrew Glover, of Spirit of 1873, which owns West Yorkshire Windows, has also made an offer, which he described as ‘a serious and fully costed bid to takeover Wakefield’s number one sports team before the start of the new season’.

Peter O’Hara of O’Hara and Co, who was appointed joint administrator with Simon Weir of the same company, at a court hearing this morning. He told the Express yesterday that one of two offers had been withdrawn, but he said the person who had withdrawn their bid would be ‘waiting in the wings’ if the other deal fell through.

In a statement released today the administrators said: “We are talking to interested parties about taking over the club. The club will be playing its opening match of the season against Castleford at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff tomorrow, and we would hope that a successful sale of the club will be concluded in the near future.

“We will be meeting with the Rugby Football League on Monday to discuss the future of the club and any parties interested in acquiring the club should contact my office.”

The club applied to go into administration earlier this month to avoid a winding-up order brought by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for unpaid taxes.