CASTLEFORD Tigers’ chief Richard Wright has rejected claims the club is considering a groundshare at Wakefield Wildcats’ proposed new stadium.
The Super League club boss told the Express the club would be “prepared to discuss any arrangements that would benefit rugby league in the district” – but insisted it would continue to work towards its dream of a state-of-the-art new ground in Glass Houghton.
Earlier this week, Andrew Glover, Wildcats’ new chairman, wrote on the club’s website that it remained committed to building its own new stadium on Newmarket Lane, near Stanley, and would consider sharing its ground with Tigers.
Wakefield Council last year urged the clubs to consider a ground-sharing arrangement to secure their future in the top flight, but Wildcats’ former chief dismissed the suggestion.
Mr Wright said: “Castleford Tigers has always been prepared to discuss realistic and practical arrangements that benefit rugby league in the Wakefield district.
“In 2010 we attempted to work closer with Wakefield Wildcats but this ended without success.
“Castleford and Wakefield Council committed to a council-led feasibility study to evaluate the two stadium sites at Glass Houghton and Newmarket but this subsequently broke down when the Wakefield Wildcats chairman at the time refused to participate.
“We have moved forward significantly since then and invested in the Glass Houghton site and our scheme is now well advanced.
“It is in a prime leisure destination for the north of England, has wide-ranging support from business, politicians and the community, and we expect a detailed planning consent in April.
“It will bring real, tangible benefits for the club, the community and the wider Wakefield district.
“We will always remain prepared to discuss any arrangements that would benefit rugby league in our area and the most realistic and practical plans we have ever seen are those for a stadium at junction 32 and as such, we will continue to work with the council and our partners to deliver this scheme.”
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