Wildcats’ Super League future given big boost with Newmarket go-ahead

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WAKEFIELD Wildcats Super League status could be secured following the decision to give the Newmarket Lane community stadium the go-ahead.

The long-term future of the Wildcats in rugby league’s top-flight looked under threat if they could not find a new home and had to remain at their current Rapid Solicitors Stadium base.

But a proposed 2015 move into a brand-new stadium means Wakefield’s next Super League franchise application is likely to be their strongest yet.

Wildcats chairman Andrew Glover said: “It’s one of the boxes ticked.

“We’ve obviously been in good communication with the RFL about this and it is a massive part for them.

“It’s not just the fact that they want everyone to have nice shiny stadiums, they understand the fact that if you’ve got a nice shiny stadium your business is a lot easier to run and you’ve got a lot more chance of surviving.

“It isn’t just having some new seats it’s the rest of the stuff that goes with it.”

Wakefield’s current three-year licence runs until the end of the 2014 season.

It means Wildcats could be some way down the line of building their new ground when the next Super League franchise applications are submitted.

The club’s current Belle Vue ground falls short of having a capacity for 12,000 covered spectators as required by strict Super League rules.

Chief executive James Elston also hopes new facilities will help the club attract a high calibre of player.

He said: “What it does allow us is to put some confidence in the playing market out there and into the players who we want to attract.

“We want better players to come to Wakefield, we want to improve our squad year on year.

“I think the fact there is a journey and there is somewhere that we’re travelling to helps, not that we’re just travelling in hope and in vain to get somewhere.

“The rugby league players we want can see that future.”

And Mr Elston hopes the announcement has a positive impact on the current team.

He said: “When the decision came through a big cheer went round the training group.

“They are now excited about being able to turn out and be the first team that plays in Wakefield’s new stadium

“It’s massive, everybody wants to play in good facilities.”

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