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Featherstone Rovers deny Wakefield Wildcats groundshare

Featherstone Rovers

Featherstone Rovers will not ground share with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats at their proposed new stadium.

Rovers hope to get the go ahead to redevelop their own Post Office Road ground, but may play some matches at Wakefield's new home.

Chief Executive Andy Prout told BBC Radio Leeds: "If there is a financial benefit for us to play a certain game there then we would consider it.

"But there has been no discuss of a merger or a ground share at all."

Wakefield have unveiled plans for a new 12,000 stadium on the site of a former colliery at Newmarket, which will form part of a development of offices, restaurants and a hotel.

Local rivals Castleford Tigers also hope to build a new stadium in the near future as the two clubs attempt to hold on to their Super League franchises.

And Featherstone also have ambitions to win a top-flight licence in future seasons, and have submitted plans to bring their home up to Super League standard.

All three clubs fall under the Wakefield Metropolitan Council and therefore are competing for limiting funding for their separate stadium projects.

Ground-sharing for the three fierce local rivals has been mentioned, but all three deny such a move will occur.

Prout added: "If and when the Wakefield community trust stadium is built then if the financial incentives for one game there, with entertainment and a bigger crowd, is more than at our normal home ground, then it would be amiss of me as chief executive not to consider that."



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