Wakefield Wildcats takeover bid approaching a conclusion

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ADMINISTRATORS of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats are hopeful that the takeover bid tabled by the Spirit of 1873 Ltd will conclude successfully today, Wednesday.

Peter O’Hara, from administrators O’Hara & Co, revealed that negotiations with Spirit of 1873 Ltd, led by local businessman Andrew Glover, were progressing towards a conclusion that would see the club emerge out of administration.

O’Hara said: “There are one or two sticking points but we are getting nearer and nearer. I am hopeful that the deal will conclude on Wednesday.”

Since the club entered administration on Friday, players Sam Obst and Dale Ferguson have been sold and O’Hara confirmed that Catalans Dragons had made an approach to sign Daryl Millard.

However, O’Hara added that “there have been no other offers [for players].”

He said: “We don’t want to dismantle the club but players have a livelihood and any offers must be considered in the interests of the club.”

O’Hara admitted that “the sooner the takeover is completed the better.”

Meanwhile, a spokesman from the RFL revealed that the governing body was expecting to rubber-stamp the Wildcats’ takeover later in the week.

The RFL’s fit and proper test of Glover’s takeover bid is likely to take place on Thursday or Friday.

Trinity centre Aaron Murphy has been handed a two-match ban for a dangerous throw during the 40-20 defeat to Castleford Tigers in the first game of the Super League XVI season last weekend.

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