War­riors restart own­er­ship talks

Manawatu Standard - - Sport - DAVID LONG

The bat­tle to buy the New Zealand War­riors is back on.

A num­ber of in­ter­ested par­ties are once again talk­ing to the War­riors about buy­ing the Auck­land-based club, now the deal with Auck­land Rugby League has fallen through.

The NRL club agreed to go into an ex­clu­siv­ity ar­range­ment with Auck­land Rugby League, which meant dis­cus­sions with ev­ery­one else who’d shown in­ter­est in buy­ing the fran­chise were ter­mi­nated.

But on Tues­day Auck­land Rugby League con­firmed their ne­go­ti­a­tions with War­riors had bro­ken down, even though they had agreed a price and were go­ing through the due dili­gence process.

Be­cause of that, the par­ties who had pre­vi­ously shown in­ter­est have got back in touch with the War­riors to pick up ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Although it’s not known ex­actly how many peo­ple or com­pa­nies there are out there look­ing to buy the War­riors, it ap­pears there are a few.

The War­riors own­er­ship aren’t in any rush to get a deal done and the other par­ties in­ter­ested don’t want it pub­licly known that they’d like to buy the club, pre­fer­ring to do all their ne­go­ti­a­tions in se­cret.

Over the next few weeks the club will get a gauge on how gen­uinely in­ter­ested some of those peo­ple are.

The long-term own­er­ship of the War­riors has been up in the air since Au­gust, when Auck­land busi­ness­man Paul Davys ten­dered a bid to buy the club off its long­time owner Eric Wat­son.

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