Sheffield Eagles director Mark Aston is looking for a speedy resolution to the club’s takeover talks as he plans for next season.
Eagles are in advanced talks with one of three interested parties with developments seemingly expected shortly.
Chief Executive John Whaling had previously stated he wanted a takeover rubber stamped by the end of this month, and Aston is hoping for some positive news.
“The sooner the better from my perspective” Aston said. “We have to start planning for next season, we are looking at people, as well as concentrating on upcoming games. We’re looking at players, clubs are already starting to sign players up and I have a few people in mind that we would like to bring in for next season.
“We are on an exciting journey. The next chapter of Sheffield Eagles is upon us, we have a new stadium which is getting closer so we finally have a home for rugby league in Sheffield. We have to get over that line as quick as possible because we know that we have to start building back up again.
“The last few years haven’t been easy. We have had success, then we have had a bit of disappointment this year but the one thing about the end of this year is that we can be back in a home that is ours. That will be massive for us next year and I am sure it will give us the platform to build the club up.”
Whilst the number one priority for Aston will be the upcoming Championship Shield fixtures, he will have one eye on next season as he looks for the expected assurances from the potential new owners that the club will stay full-time.
Aston added: “There is never a right or wrong time to go full time; did we get it right this year? Have we struggled in the first year? 100%. Other teams have struggled in their first year of going full-time. I don’t want to look backwards; those perspective new owners need to see that. It is a massive city, and I believe there are plenty of people who want to watch Sheffield Eagles.”
The Eagles kick off their Championship Shield campaign on August 7th against Halifax at The Shay. Kick off 3pm.