CHAIRMAN’S LETTER TO SUPPORTERS

posted on 7 July 2014

Wildcats Chairman, Michael Carter has written an open letter to supporters thanking them for their support and addressing a number of queries.

Michael Carter has thanked fans for their support.

On behalf of the directors and staff at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, I would personally like to thank everyone for their support and commitment over the past few months. The words of encouragement from fans goes a long way and the togetherness displayed by players, staff and supporters has been translated into competition points at a time when we needed them the most.

I receive many questions over Twitter on a daily basis and I wanted to take the opportunity to reply to supporters on the whole in relation to some queries that have been raised on a fairly frequent basis in recent weeks.

The result on Friday showed the fine margins between winning and losing at Super League level. The result was finely balanced throughout the game and certainly the smile on Richard Owen’s face after scoring showed how much the victory meant to the players as well as the fans. I would like to put on record my thanks for the fans who were here to witness the game on Friday. The atmosphere and the emotion at the final whistle was a feeling not to be forgotten and one that will live long in the memory.

This Thursday will see a Widnes team visit the Rapid Solicitors Stadium with high hopes of making the play-offs. Any team featuring Kevin Brown and Rhys Hanbury are sure to provide an attacking edge, however, we will be looking to add to our unbeaten run of four games and continue heading in the right direction. Thursday Sky TV games have provided excellent entertainment for viewers this season, however, the excitement of the past month at the stadium has been electric and a real pleasure to be a part of.

The offer to season ticket holders of being able to buy additional tickets for £10 adults, £7 concessions and £5 for juniors demonstrates the commitment of the club to adding value to our ticket holders and I would really urge you to invite along that long-lost fan, family member and/or that sport-crazy friend to come and enjoy the evening with us. Please help make the Rapid Solicitors Stadium a venue full of atmosphere, support and pride.

On a similar note, I can confirm that Season Tickets will be on sale from the 1st September. This years tickets will offer a very simple and understandable menu of options provided to deliver value for money and to enable the club to continue to build financial sustainability and deliver on-field opportunities.

After listening to fan feedback, a sixth-month payment plan will be available if you sign up before 1st November. The pricing has been set at a level that will deliver the commitments of both the fans and the club. With a guaranteed 14 home games and the possibility of a fifteenth under the new structure, a season ticket will offer excellent value for money and a series of benefits exclusive to the season ticket holder.

We know that the decision to buy is related to several factors but we are looking to deliver season ticket holders with rewards for their upfront investment. I would like to target a 25% increase in season tickets and I give you all my assurance that, unlike previous regimes, the money will be spent wisely, with consideration and with the supporters at the first and foremost of my mind. The season tickets have been put on sale at a time in line with our industry expectations and are priced to deliver benefit to everyone. The prices will be announced in the very near future so keep your eye out on the club website, Twitter and Facebook for further info.

Fans regularly ask me about players signing, players leaving and players renewing. I will always release information when the time is right for the club. Player speculation and rumour are part of every club and long may that continue! We have announced the signing of Craig Hall for next year and hope to announce renewals and new signings in the next month. I want a team that can compete, gives their all every week and displays the same commitment for the shirt as the fans. We will spend appropriate to our means and the more season ticket holders we have the more investment in the team we can make. Our recruitment will reflect those aims but please have patience until we formally announce players.

The stadium question is one that I have been asked about recently and quite simply, both options of moving to Newmarket or revamping our current home are still on the table. I look forward to catching up with Sir Rodney Walker now that the Tour De France has left Yorkshire and hope everyone can deliver on the promises made by Yorkcourt and Wakefield Council to fund a stadium that the community of Wakefield can be proud of. As ever, I promise to keep you updated when and where confidentiality allows and please understand that the interests of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats will always be at the forefront of all negotiations.

The work of the Wakefield Trinity Community Trust has recently been the subject of Sky TV ‘Boots ‘n’ All’ and the local press and I would like to thank the staff and Trustees for their often unseen work in our district. The summer camps will shortly be announced and with the additional player appearances that we have embarked upon, they are sure to prove great value for money. They are certainly full of smiling faces and I know from experience they are a lot cheaper than childcare and twice as fun!

In conclusion, I hope that this update has explained some of the questions I have received privately over the last month and I apologise for not being able to answer every letter, query or question personally.

I look forward to seeing you on Thursday night at the Widnes game and wish you all good health until then.

Michael Carter

You can hear from the Chairman on Radio Yorkshire on Monday night from 7pm.

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