Sheffield Eagles have released a short statement on their website after meeting with officials from Olympic Legacy Park Ltd today.
The Eagles were hoping to be the preferred bidder for the new stadium – on the same patch as their old Don Valley home – which would let their investor build the stands needed and the club would also profit from food and drinks purchases on site.
However, they have found out today that the OLP committee has gone with another bidder. Sheffield United chairman Kevin McCabe was rumoured to be bidding for the stadium for the football club’s ladies team.
The Eagles’ General Manager Liam Claffey said: “Sheffield Eagles met with representatives of Olympic Legacy Park Ltd on Monday 7th August,”
“Whilst the news and decision is not the preferred option of Sheffield Eagles, the club will work with all parties to ensure the club is back in Sheffield and at the Olympic Legacy Park in 2018.
“The decision made by the Olympic Legacy Park Ltd will now be passed to Sheffield City Council to make a final decision and the club are continuing dialogue with them as well.
“The club apologise that no further news can be given at this stage but will provide more information as soon as we can.”