Yorkshire Carnegie Without The Funds To Compete Next Season

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11 March 2019

Yorkshire Carnegie director of rugby Chris Stirling has conceded the club is currently on “life-support” and praised his players for “not tolerating” the board’s continued inaction reports Dave Craven in the Yorkshire Post.

Given players have not yet been offered deals for next season, and have seen contract-talk deadlines continually put back, the squad demanded to meet Carnegie chairman David Dockray last week to gain some clarity.

They were told that the club could have a budget of even less than what they started the current campaign with, which resulted in them losing eight of their opening nine games.

It was only when money was found to bolster the squad in November that Stirling’s side were able to turn around their season. They beat Championship leaders London Irish 26-12 at Emerald Headingley last weekend.

Players hoped they would be able to build on such progress next term and had bought into talk about making a genuine push for promotion back into the Premiership. Carnegie had been trying to attract upwards of £5m investment to finance that challenge but, not only have they so far failed to do that, the club’s hierarchy now looks likely to instead reduce the wage bill again.

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