CASTLEFORD MAY RENOVATE INSTEAD OF MOVE

Castleford Tigers may change their mind regarding the build of a new West Yorkshire stadium, and re-develop their current home Wheldon Road instead.

Tigers Chief Executive Steve Ferres revealed the club changed plans on Tuesday night in a meeting to update fans on the club's "precarious" financial position.

Last year, Castleford signed a deal to sell their Wheldon Road ground to developers who were planning to turn the venue into a supermarket. The money generated from the deal was to fund a new £12 million stadium in Glasshoughton. The club even has planning consent for the proposed scheme for a new ground.

The need for a new stadium stemmed from the club wanting to preserve their Super League status, but Ferres has said Rugby Football League regulations are being relaxed because of the country's economic state.

He said: “The board of directors agree we need to look at alternative stadium options, including re-development of the existing Wheldon Road site.

“The RFL are mindful of the testing economic climate and how it is impacting on the game generally.

“As a result, licensing requirements are being relaxed to enable clubs to explore different routes to ensure they achieve Super League status.

“The redevelopment is, therefore, a realistic and much more cost effective option and, after the support we received for it from fans tonight, one which will be given serious consideration.”

Posted on 11/10/2012