14th March 2017, 11:10 | wakefield_trinity

Carter believes he still has backing of Wakefield fans

Carter believes he still has backing of Wakefield fans

Wakefield Trinity chairman Michael Carter is confident he retains the trust of the fans as he prepares to take the next step to safeguard the Betfred Super League club's future.

Carter has served notice to quit historic Belle Vue, the club's home since the formation of rugby league in 1895, at the end of the season and is currently exploring other options, which include a move out of the city.

He declined to comment on an invitation from Kingstone Press Championship neighbours Featherstone Rovers to move into their Big Fellas Stadium from 2018 but says he has been encouraged by the reaction to Sunday's announcement.

"By and large the response has been fairly positive," Carter said. "Obviously there's a lot of questions still to be asked and a lot of detail still to go into but I've still got the backing of the fans, which is important to me, and I think they still trust me to do the right thing for Wakefield Trinity."

A ground-share with another Championship club, Dewsbury Rams, is one of the options open to Carter, who says staying at Belle Vue is no longer viable after the new owners failed to follow through on promises to develop the ground, which he has labelled an "embarrassment".

Carter and co-owner Chris Brereton are also still angry over the failure to deliver a new stadium, which was part of plans by a development company for a 100-acre business park on green-belt land near the M62 at Stanley.

Those plans were drawn up in 2012 and eventually approved by the Secretary of State following a public inquiry. 

"At no point have I blamed the council and I'm not asking the council for money, all I am asking them for is the support to enforce what was promised five years ago. That is what we are fighting for," Carter added.