Sheffield Eagles: Keep calm and carry on

Sheffield Eagles director Mark Aston says the club and supporters must '˜hold their nerve' as they face an anxious wait over takeover talks aimed at saving the stricken club.

Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:22 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 7:24 am
Sheffield Eagles at a roadblock: but Aston thinks they can get through. Pic: Simon Hall

With a resolution needed before the end of the season, and any significant announcement not expected until early September, the club are in a race against time to save themselves from extinction. Chief Executive John Whaling held fresh talks on Monday with a consortium who expressed an interest last weekend, whilst a group who have been in discussions with the club for three months are set to submit more proposals this week. This will hold little comfort to the supporters who are desperate for an immediate solution, but Aston has asked for calm.

“We have done it in the past, and we will do it again,” a bullish Aston said. “Things happen, people are talking about the club, and hopefully we can reach a solution. We need to hold our nerve and hopefully someone out there will come in and take us forward. I’m staying positive, from my point of view on the field we need to keep going and try and keep this group together. We’re not in the best position but we have to keep trying to find someone who can take us on.”

Eagles are desperate for someone to not just save them from their current predicament, but also provide the funds to develop the site at the Olympic Legacy Park and cover the lease for the new facility.

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Whaling says one of the parties, who are front runners, are now ready to submit their proposals on their plans for the stadium following a meeting with the OLP’s Project Director David Hobson.

The latest group to show interest since Friday are set to come back to the club. Whilst discussions continue to rumble on, fears grow over the current members of the Eagles’ flock, with two players departing next season after agreeing terms elsewhere.