Kear and players “hunky-dory” as Wakefield Wildcats close in on takeover

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HEAD coach John Kear has revealed that the playing and coaching staff remain focused on their next Super League XVI game as Spirit of 1873 Ltd, the prospective new owner of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, closes in on a deal to take over the club today, Thursday.

The Wakefield Express understands that Spirit of 1873 Ltd, led by local businessman Andrew Glover, is currently in talks with administrators O’Hara & Co to finally take the club out of administration after days of negotiations.

Several staff members at Wakefield Wildcats were made redundant yesterday, Wednesday, as the administrators aim to cut the club’s overheads and wage bill but the redundancies applied to administration and office staff and not coaches or players.

Head coach John Kear told the Wakefield Express this morning: “I am sitting here with the players preparing for the Catalans Dragons game on Saturday.

“All the players and coaches are hunky-dory.”

A spokesman at the RFL has confirmed that, should the take-over reach a conclusion today, the governing body is likely to call a meeting tomorrow, Friday, to give their approval to the deal and also rule on a sanction for the Wildcats’ descent into administration - likely to be six points.

The spokesman said: “The RFL is and doing all we can to help Wakefield Wildcats reach the best solution for the club.

“Ralph Rimmer [RFL’s Chief Operating Officer] has been speaking to the administrators and the prospective new owners on a daily basis.

“Some people think that the RFL is holding-up the process but we must wait for the deal to be completed with the administrators before we can give approval.”

Read tomorrow’s Wakefield Express for more news from the Wakefield Wildcats.