Wakefield Trinity: Neighbours Rovers offer Trinity chance to groundshare

Big Fellas Stadium, Post Office Road, Featherstone
Big Fellas Stadium, Post Office Road, Featherstone
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Featherstone Rovers officials have invited neighbours Wakefield Trinity to move in at Big Fellas Stadium, Post Office Road, next season.

Trinity chairman Michael Carter has confirmed the club have given notice to quit their Beaumont Legal Stadium, Belle Vue, home at the end of the current campaign.

Wakefield already use Rovers’ training facilities and Featherstone general manager Davide Longo reckons a temporary move to Post Office Road would solve many of the current issues facing the Super League club.

Belle Vue does not meet Super League standards and proposals have stalled for a new community stadium on the current site.

The potential partnership would see Trinity use the Rovers’ home as their training, playing and day-to-day operational base.

Ironically, Rovers played at Belle Vue yesterday against Sheffield Eagles, who currently ground-share with Trinity.

Longo said: “We completely understand the situation Wakefield find themselves in and would be more than willing to support them where we can.

“Informal conversations between ourselves and Wakefield have been had in recent weeks and, prior to last night’s announcement, we formally offered Trinity an opportunity to begin formal discussions regarding a potential, temporary ground-share agreement for 2018 and, if needs be, beyond.

“We believe Wakefield playing here at Featherstone would be the best-possible fit for Wakefield supporters, given the fact our stadium is situated less than five miles from the Beaumont Legal Stadium.

“The Big Fellas Stadium is easily accessible for all and we would look to work with local bus companies to potentially add new service routes into Featherstone for Trinity supporters to make use of.

“From a playing point of view, we believe it would be a favourable move for Wakefield’s performance department, given the fact Trinity have been training here for some time now.

“I would imagine it would be highly beneficial for the club to have all of its departments working from the same facility and we are more than able to accommodate such a move.

“I think it goes without saying that our stadium meets minimum standards set by the Rugby Football League and we are constantly making improvements to ensure it continues to develop as a high-quality facility - fit for top-flight and even international rugby league.”

Longo added: “I for one sympathise a great deal with the Wakefield board of directors, staff, players and supporters, given the predicament they find themselves in.

“There are some real frustrations surfacing as the people of Wakefield continue in their fight for a new community stadium, in which Trinity would act as anchor tenants, to be constructed.

“While efforts to ensure its construction eventually goes ahead, we would be extremely welcoming towards Trinity.”

“On behalf of Featherstone Rovers, and for the greater good of the game, we have formally moved to invite Wakefield to ply their trade here from as early as October.

“We hope to commence talks with Trinity officials in the weeks ahead and, should they go ahead, we hope to be able to help them come to a positive solution.”