Eagles issue stadium statement

Sheffield have released a statement following a change of ownership at Sheffield United FC, which could have ramifications for their own stadium ambitions.

Former Blades owner Kevin McCabe won the rights to develop a ground at the Olympic Legacy Park (OLP) ahead of the Eagles, on the understanding that the Rugby League club plays there as tenants.

But McCabe recently lost his share in the ownership of the football club, threatening to derail plans to develop OLP.

Eagles chairman Chris Noble said: “Mr McCabe no longer controls ownership of Sheffield United FC and subsequently his interest in developing a stadium at the Olympic Legacy Park is whilst doubtful, yet to be confirmed.

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“The club is currently in open & continued dialogue with Sheffield United FC, Sheffield City Council & The Rugby Football League surrounding this urgent matter.

“We envisage an answer to the club’s pressing questions relating to the lease, ownership and development of the Olympic Legacy Park as soon as possible as to ensure a bright and positive future for Sheffield Eagles within the city.

“Plans for the stadium have been submitted with planning approval for them agreed.

“Despite the current concerns this is a hugely positive move forward to hopefully develop at long last a suitable and permanent home from which to develop rugby league in Sheffield.

“As soon as the club has further information we will update all accordingly and as always we thank all those associated with the club for their continued patience and fantastic support.”