AJ Bell

Salford Red Devils have confirmed their intention to launch a bid to purchase the AJ Bell Stadium after it was revealed Sale Sharks had made an offer.

In a joint statement between Salford Red Devils and Salford City Council, it was confirmed that the stadium company, CosCos, had been approached about the potential sale of the arena, but that no decision has yet been made.

“We are aware of rumours, but no decision has been taken on whether to sell the AJ Bell stadium or on any terms of sale.” said Peter Openshaw, Interim Strategic Director of the Place Directorate at Salford City Council.

He continued: “Recognising the approach that has been made to CosCos on the sale of the stadium, the Red Devils are also preparing a proposal for the purchase of the stadium for consideration. There are no timescales on any of these discussions and all offers will be discussed on their own merits – with no guarantee that the stadium company CosCos will agree a sale at the end of them.”

“The stadium is owned via a 50-50 management partnership through the stadium company CosCos so the council is not the sole party in any decision.

“Should a future decision be taken on the sale of the stadium, the council will be seeking reassurance for commitments for Salford Red Devils.”

Their home since 2011 and Sale Sharks’ since 2012, the Red Devils are keen to ensure the protection of the club’s Salford base. They said: “Our current tenancy agreement is simply unsustainable for the club and we have been seeking a new deal on terms that we can afford.

“CosCos have supported the club with rental payment arrangements in recent seasons, we hope that we can strike a new agreement that allows both parties a mutually sustainable level.”

“We and the council must work together now to keep Salford Red Devils in Salford. These sentiments have been strongly shared by the Mayor and members of Salford City Council and we are hopeful that this joint resolve will conclude with a positive outcome for Salford Red Devils remaining at the AJ Bell Stadium.

“The club will provide a further statement should any significant developments arise. As always, I am personally grateful, as is everyone at the club, for the fantastic support of our fans and fellow Salfordians.”

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