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Leeds rugby club Hunslet interested in financial consortium as championship target revealed – Total Rugby League

Leeds rugby club Hunslet interested in financial consortium as championship target revealed – Total Rugby League

HUNSLET RLFC have outlined their desire to attract new investors for a financial consortium to take the Leeds-based League One club into the Championship.

The Parksiders are semi-professional but have been in the third tier of rugby league for the past five years – now the club is keen to make the leap to the second tier.

Investors are being sought to join current sponsor Jason Peterkin and financial donor Tony Levison to help realise Hunslet’s ambition of becoming a Championship side.

Hunslet CEO Neil Hampshire explained: “The club is financially strong and is in the process of securing new income streams through agreements with other stadium users, including South Leeds FC and Hunslet Wolves UK.

“We are also currently in positive discussions with Leeds City Council about new opportunities that will help grow our business.

“In addition, we have a strong membership base and we will be meeting with them soon to discuss how they can support our future ambitions.

“The bottom line, though, is that to grow the audience and secure the next generation of Hunslet fans, we really do need to make a radical change.

“For us, that means playing in the league, with the added benefit of local derbies and bigger crowds.

“There is no doubt that it will be a tough challenge, both to secure promotion and to maintain our championship status, and to meet that challenge we will need additional funds to invest in the squad.

“Jason, Tony and I would be happy to speak to any individuals/groups about creating a financial consortium to support the Club’s ambitions.”

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