8th May 2017, 12:37
Eagles have positive meeting on future at OLP
Sheffield Eagles have had positive news over both a new investor at the club and the move to the Olympic Legacy Park being built in the city.
The club last week met with the OLP committee, which has confirmed that a 5,000 capacity stadium will be built and that Sheffield Eagles will be based there.
The Eagles are also close to confirming the major investor that has been interested in the club since the end of last year, and he will be among three bidders to build the stadium.
The unnamed businessmen is the club’s preferred choice, because he believes he could have them playing at the ground for the start of the 2018 season, even if one of the four sides is not completed.
But the final decision will be made by Sheffield Council once the Olympic Legacy Park have made their recommendation.
Aston said: “We had a great meeting with the Olympic Legacy Park.
“They re-iterated the fact that we will be based there, and have even spent above and beyond to make sure that the 3G pitch is fit for rugby league and union.
“It will be the best 3G that you can buy.
“We have an investor in place now who is going to buy a significant amount of shares in the club and that is good news for us.
“He would be our preferred partner as we wouldn’t be just a tenant and he would be able to bring us back to Sheffield for 2018, whereas other bidders may only have a stadium ready for 2019 at the earliest.
“The council has the final say but this is all very positive for us.”
The Championship club is currently playing at Wakefield’s Beaumont Solicitors Stadium having also spent a season at Doncaster, but are keen to return to Sheffield as quickly as possible.