SALE SHARKS CONSIDER FUTURE

Sale Sharks are considering a move away from Edgeley Park to help boost income for future seasons in the Aviva Premiership.

The club could strike a deal with Super League side Salford Reds to share their brand new £26m Barton Stadium. The 12,000-seater venue is currently under construction and is due to open in February next year.

However Sharks owner Brian Kennedy has revealed that his side will play at Edgeley Park next season, but has made no firm decision for the long term. "We're weighing up all the possibilities and there are clearly possibilities in Salford as well as with Edgeley Park and elsewhere. There are a lot of things to consider."

Edgeley Park has a capacity of 10,852 and is also used by Conference side Stockport County Football Club which is something that must be considered according to Kennedy. "We're not yet ready to make a decision and we've also got to consider seriously what's right for Stockport County because that's important to us," he added.

"We are in the process of working on some initiatives that will help Stockport and hopefully given them the best chance of getting back up into League Two."

A potential ground share at Barton Stadium appears to work on paper as the Rugby League season runs from February to September, meaning there would be little cross-over with the Shark’s Union calendar. Its location at the hub of Greater Manchester's motorway network would make it an ideal for vast majority of the Sharks' fanbase.

"But clearly Salford is one option that we are considering very seriously and it's one that the powers that be are keen on. We're in the process of discussions and negotiations and we don't know where that is going to end,” Kennedy added.

Posted on 01/06/2011