Hunslet put plans in place to ensure club survives coronavirus crisis

Drew Darbyshire

Hunslet chairman Kenny Sykes says the club has put plans in place to ensure they survive the coronavirus pandemic.

Sykes has issued an open letter to the club’s fanbase in which he revealed that measures were put in place during the off-season that would see the League 1 leaders come out of the coronavirus pandemic in a relatively good position.

He said: “You don’t need me to tell you that the coronavirus pandemic has had a massive impact on all walks of life, including rugby league.

“The board has, after several discussions in which all options and potential consequences have been debated in detail, put plans in place which should ensure that Hunslet RLFC survives the crisis.

“Indeed it’s no secret that, partly because of the issues we faced and addressed during the close season – and, crucially, with the huge backing of supporters, who backed our membership drive so impressively – we are in a better position than most professional sports clubs to ride the storm.

“Temporary measures have had to be put in place to help us do that, one of which is that, as announced recently on our website, the lottery has been suspended.

“In addition, like any business, we have to be realistic and it’s quite possible that there will be a loss of future revenues which will leave us with no option other than to cut our cloth’ accordingly.”

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