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Juliff delighted with interest in Scorpions

21st August 2015, 14:35

Juliff delighted with interest in Scorpions

Wales Rugby League chairman Brian Juliff is delighted at the amount of interest shown in taking over South Wales Scorpions Rugby League Club.

Wales Rugby League chairman Brian Juliff is delighted at the amount of interest shown in taking over South Wales Scorpions Rugby League Club.

 

The national governing body took over the Kingstone Press League 1 outfit two years ago, running the club as a stable business, after original owner and founder Phil Davies decided to relinquish control and at the start of this month, WRL put a release out to seek new owners to take the club forward.

 

So far, Juliff says that there have been six interested parties, two formal applications and others interested in getting involved in a potential consortium.

 

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 25th August and Juliff is hoping to see a few more applications come in before then.

 

“All of this interest is very promising,” said Juliff, who played at the highest level of Rugby League for Wigan, Halifax, Castleford, Wakefield and Wales.

 

“I do believe that to take the Scorpions forward, we need to spend up to the salary cap and for that, we need someone to come in who is prepared to invest in the club be it with their own money or through sponsorship.

 

“It’s very encouraging that there are six people and I do see potential in what has been received so far. I hope more people come forward, it’ll be good to have a big decision to make.

 

“It could be that we have one person take over the club or there is a potential for a consortium like has happened with North Wales Crusaders. It’s fantastic to see all this interest in Rugby League in Wales.”

 

Juliff, now London based, played for Pontypridd, Newport and his home town Mountain Ash before turning professional, and this weekend he’s back in South Wales to watch two big matches.

 

On Saturday at Taff’s Well RFC, Wales take on England at under 16 level (kick-off 1pm) while on Sunday at Mountain Ash, the Scorpions face Oxford (kick-off 3pm).

 

“We’ve so much happening in Wales right now,” Juliff said. “I know we’ll see some stars of the future on display on Saturday while the Scorpions I feel have a good chance in getting their first home win on the season this week.

 

“We’ve also got all three of our Conference South sides at home this Saturday with two already in the play-offs, we had a magnificent Welsh Grand Final day last Sunday with around 800 through the door and we’ve got two schools sides playing in national Cup Finals in London next week having beaten off some of the best schools from the north to get there.

 

“There’s so much to be excited about with Rugby League in Wales and I’m pleased so many people want to be involved.”

 

Any party interested in taking ownership of the Scorpions are asked to submit an expression of interest to brian.juliff@walesrugbyleague.co.uk by Tuesday 25th August.

 

Tickets for South Wales Scorpions v Oxford for this Sunday can be bought by going to www.scorpionsrl.com.