Super League hopefuls Featherstone Rovers have received a “significant six-figure” investment after Probiz founder Feisal Nahaboo agreed terms to become the club’s major shareholder.
Nahaboo is a former main backer of Castleford Tigers and Probiz also sponsor Blackburn Rovers FC and have an involvement at Wigan Warriors, as well as several other football and cricket clubs.
The cash injection – understood to be several hundred thousand pounds – will be used for developing Rovers’ Big Fellas Stadium, strengthening the squad and expanding the club’s youth development structures.
Nahaboo has now set his sights on Rovers becoming a “top-six” Super League club.
He said: “It is a dream to be part of a team that will do everything we can do to enter Super League for the first time.
“We are the best outside Super League and I now intend to compete with the very best clubs in the UK.”
Nahaboo added: “Our team of chairman Mark Campbell, chief executive Craig Poskitt, general manager Lee Crooks and commercial manager Paul Taylor will lead this charge and I expect our coach Daryl Powell to spend the funds wisely to enhance the squad when required.
“The funds are now there to build one of the best squads in rugby league and we will endeavour to spend and help improve stadium facilities over the next few months.
“I am absolutely astounded by the level of community club work by Featherstone Rovers and they deserve all the resources the club can provide.”
Nahaboo praised Rovers’ fans for “their support during the time I have been involved in the club as a commercial partner”.
He said: “I have been involved in rugby league for two years, but never have I felt as appreciated and welcome as the Featherstone Rovers fans have made me feel.
“Featherstone Rovers is a family community and we will build together in a sustainable fashion and we will show the world how we can have a say in UK sport and become a top-six rugby league side.
“We will require tremendous strength, courage, hope, luck, humility and calculation. I believe we can do it and I believe we will.
“A consortium will follow my move and I expect Featherstone Rovers to be a dominant force in rugby league in years to come.”
Poskitt believes Nahaboo’s increased involvement is the start of a “new era” for Rovers.
“We have made great strides as a club in the recent past and this support from Feisal, including his entrepreneurial expertise, will enable us to execute our ambitious plans which are already taking shape with our ground re-developments and other improvements,” Poskitt said.
“We will now get the best of Feisal and he has a dream to fulfil with the club.
“The names in his consortium are proven businessman showing a real intent to run a successful club both on and off the field.
“We are building a club that everyone can be proud of and we hope this is reflected in attracting new fans and lapsed supporters coming back to the club to join us on our journey.”
Meanwhile, Rovers will field an under-20s side in tonight’s pre-season game at home to newly-promoted Co-op Championship rivals Doncaster (7.45pm).