Reds consider rugby ground-share plan

Home of football: But Barnsley's stadium, Oakwell, could soon be the venue for a different sport.
Home of football: But Barnsley's stadium, Oakwell, could soon be the venue for a different sport.
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BARNSLEY director Don Rowing has not ruled a potential ground share with neighbouring rugby league club Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

But, speaking to The Star, Rowing stressed that any possibility of sharing their Oakwell ground with the Engage Super League side would hinge heavily on whether playing rugby would damage the playing surface.

“The playing surface is a big concern, that’s something we would have to take into consideration,” revealed Rowing.

“Wakefield initially got in contact with us last August/September time and we had a meeting about a possible ground-share.

“We had another meeting earlier this year and they went away to discuss what they wanted to do next.

“We haven’t heard anything since then, so there is certainly no concrete agreement in place that anything’s going to happen.”

The Wildcats are currently playing their home games at the Hearwell Stadium, but are facing delays in their bid to build a new stadium at Belle Vue.

Having gone into administration in the winter, the Wildcats only came out of the red six weeks ago and have presented a 700-page proposal - outlining their plans for the future of the club - to the sport’s governing body, the Rugby Football League, to avoid losing their current playing licence

Yesterday was the deadline for all existing Super League clubs under threat of losing their licences to submit new bids for 2012.

Wildcats chairman Andrew Glover said it took the club a month to finalise their application. Rowing says no further talks have been planned with the Wildcats after their initial interest in a potential ground-share.

“We’ll have to see what happens,” added Rowing. “There would obviously be some financial reward for us if anything happened, but we wouldn’t want to have to pay for anything.”