Parliamentary Rugby League Group disappointed at Sheffield Eagles move
The All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group has written to the acting Chief Executive of Sheffield Eagles, expressing its disappointment at the club’s forced move to Wakefield, and offering its support in finding a new home for professional rugby league in Sheffield.
The club has been without a permanent home since the 2013 demolition of the Don Valley Stadium, and has been working with Sheffield City Council to secure its future. Unfortunately the club has been forced to move out of Sheffield for the 2017 season, due to a lack of available stadia in the city.
In its letter, the Group expresses concerns about the proposed move, and offers any support that it can provide to ensure a permanent home for rugby league in Sheffield.
Group Chairman and Member of Parliament for Leeds North West, Greg Mulholland, said “the news that Sheffield Eagles will play their 2017 home games in Wakefield is disappointing, particularly given the notable history of rugby league in the city, and the club’s excellent work in the local community. I know that the club will be doing all that they can to return to Sheffield as soon as possible, and hope that Sheffield City Council and the rugby league authorities can support them in finding a new home.”