Sheffield Eagles say they will ensure that there will be no repeat of last season’s off the field troubles when they complete a deal with their new ‘sponsor.’
Eagles faced months of uncertainty as they sought a solution to a funding crisis.
Their hopes looked to have dissipated until acting chief executive Mark Aston announced that an unnamed sponsor will fund the club for the foreseeable future. With the sponsor now not looking to takeover the club, Aston says there will be no repeat of the 2016 issues, stating paperwork will be signed to ensure the new backer won’t walk out on Eagles.
“There will be a long term agreement between sponsor and club” Aston said. “I am not at liberty to discuss the length of that. What I can say is that this agreement won’t just be for a year, it will be for a long time and that is the key. It will be a contract that will be signed to say he will put into the club as a sponsorship. He will get his power station (development) the city will benefit from that and we will get a stadium and some investment so we’ll benefit too.”
Aston confirmed that the club board will continue to run the club and tie down a venue to play next season.
The club are also on the lookout for more new faces to add to the board, following the recent departure of former chief executive John Whaling.
“John has been a stalwart for this club but something happened in the board meeting, which I wasn’t in attendance for, and he has handed in his resignation,” Aston added.
“We would like to place on record, and from me personally, our thanks for the work and commitment he has provided over the last 17 years.”