December 22, 2017

Club Statement 22/12/17

Wakefield Council met with the owner of Belle Vue, Manni Hussain, to move forward the proposal for the new Community Stadium. As a result of this discussion a meeting has now taken place with the owner of Wakefield Trinity (Monday 18 December).

Following a positive meeting between 88M Property Group, and Wakefield Trinity, both parties have agreed to re-engage to drive forward proposals for a new Community Stadium at Belle Vue, to be delivered in 2020.

Both parties are committed to delivering quickly a scheme that works for all, and will bring much needed community facilities to the district.

On the back of this, agreement has been reached for Wakefield Trinity to remain at Belle Vue for the 2018 playing season.

Michael Carter, Owner of Wakefield Trinity, said, “The meeting was very positive. It cleared up some of the previous misunderstandings and explained some of the details behind the whole scheme, which the Club now understands more fully. The Club remain committed to seeing the Community Stadium come to fruition whilst safeguarding the long term future of the Club. The Club would like to thank both the 88M Group and the Council for this meeting. We now accept that there is no basis for any legal action against the Council and will work diligently alongside both parties to take this forward.”

Manni Hussain, Chairman of 88M Group, commented, “The meeting was extremely positive and cleared up any misunderstandings regarding the entire structure of the deal. I feel now this is a major step towards a new fantastic Community Stadium for the citizens of Wakefield, to be delivered in 2020 and securing Wakefield Trinity to remain at Belle Vue in 2018 and whilst the stadium is being constructed later in the year.”