Winding up order for Wildcats

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WAKEFIELD Wildcats have been issued with a winding up order - the third in the past 12 months.

The troubled Super League club confirmed it had been issued with the petition by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HRMC).

In a statement the club said: “The club owes National Insurance and VAT from recent months and these figures have been included in a petition which will be heard at the High Court on 2nd February.

“We have been in dialogue with HMRC for a number of weeks and are disappointed that this petition has been served as we were hopeful of reaching a payment plan with them.”

The club has been desperately trying to raise £500,000 by January 31, through the sale of shares, to save it from going bust.

The Wildcats were expecting a £350,000 injection from developers Yorkcourt Properties Ltd once planning permission was granted for the new proposed £19m stadium, off New Market Lane in Stanley.

But the payment is currently suspended as the development has been called in by the government for a public inquiry.