Salford Red Devils have made history as they look to become the first Super League club to become community owned.
Managing Director Paul King has explained the decision as he called for the community to get behind them,
“The city needs to get behind us, the wider area needs to get behind us. We believe we’re a Grade A club, we just need to evidence it,” he said on BBC Radio Manchester.
He then explained it is about buying time to allow the club to grow and impress IMG:
“I’ve used my property as a guarantee on a loan basically to keep the club going. That’s what I’ve had to do and for me it’s always about buying time. It was about buying time when I first did it four or five years ago, it’s about buying time now.
“We now need the public, the people of Salford and the wider Greater Manchester area to buy shares in the club. It’s not just about that, it’s about 150 years of heritage and hopefully another 150 years to come.
“There’s a reason we play in front of 4,000 people. We play a fantastic brand of rugby league, as good as in the sport certainly in the northern hemisphere. But the reason is that for 40-odd years I think there’s a point where you’ve done everything you can and people need to rally around and support you.”