Doncaster RLFC: Carl Hall stands by Eagles ground-share decision

Carl Hall
Carl Hall

Carl Hall says the decision to allow Sheffield Eagles to temporarily move into the Keepmoat Stadium will benefit the Dons financially - and anyone against the idea should throw stones in his direction.

Doncaster’s chief executive moved to defend the ground-share, which will see Dons and Sheffield play back-to-back fixtures on Sunday afternoons next year, on his regular video blog on the club’s official website.

Hall said: “If anyone wants to throw stones at someone they can throw them at me because it was a decision I made - and I made it in the best interests of our club.

“I hope it works. Only time will tell.

“Financially it is great for the Dons.

“We’re very fortunate that our owners hold the lease [for the Keepmoat Stadium] so we were involved in talks from day one.

“From a selfish point of view, and I’m a rugby league man through and through, if we can get more people through the turnstiles for the Dons, watching a couple of quality games might help that.

“It’s for 12 months at this stage because their stadium is being built. If their stadium is built they move back to Sheffield in 12 months time.

“It’s a good decision for Doncaster rugby league. We’re not going to please everyone with these decisions I make.”

He added: “You’d like to consult with people but sometimes it’s hard when things are confidential and there’s sensitive information involved. We did that and made a decision.

“Obviously I’m not going to get it right all the time.

“I do go and seek the input of people I respect in the game when I’m making these decisions. It was a decision we really looked at hard.”

n Stewart Sanderson is the latest player to commit himself to the club for the 2015 season.

n The Dons will host Super League giants and Challenge Cup holders Leeds Rhinos in a pre-season friendly on Sunday, February 1 (3pm).

Ticket details are yet to be announced.