Three-year plan widely welcomed by supporters
THE announcement by the Cornish Pirates that they have put in place a new three-year plan for the club has been widely welcomed by the club's supporters, and has provided a timely boost to the Championship team at the midway point of the season.
The club has drifted since Cornwall Council voted against providing financial assistance for the Stadium bid, and the subsequent loss of High Performance Manager Chris Stirling and several key players was enough to hurt any team in any league.
We have been reassured that the Stadium bid remains on track and I have seen or heard nothing behind the scenes to make me doubt that but the next twist in the saga could come from Truro City who may yet have to vacate their home at Treyew Road.
Now that Helical Bar have linked up with Jojo Investco Ltd to "assess the possible future redevelopment of the Truro City football club site", I would be surprised if they stay there.
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An announcement is due in the New Year and I have got a strong feeling that Truro will be blessed with yet another supermarket in the not too distant future.
So if City are invited to move on with presumably a financial incentive to sweeten the eviction pill that surely puts them back in the equation to become tenants of the proposed Langarth Stadium. We will have to wait and see.
The Pirates in the meantime are going to apparently spend some money which has yet to be secured it would appear on long overdue improvements of the Mennaye Field.
These cannot come soon enough. Too many supporters are far too happy to complain about the prices of match tickets and the lack of facilities at the old ground for this to be ignored any longer.
Whether it will stretch to replacing the main stand with a temporary structure fitted with comfortable seats remains to be seen but I know several season ticket holders contemplating moves to other parts of the ground next season, where the costs are lower and backache is not part of the match day deal.
Ideally the three-year plan would have been announced last summer ahead of the start of the current campaign. Doing that may have arrested the slide in match attendances which, it has to be said, is not a problem unique to the Cornish Pirates but is nevertheless a concern.
But the important thing is that they have set out a new framework for the future and need to build on that with regular updates for the hard-pressed paying customers who will no doubt soon be invited to purchase their new season tickets.
The biggest plus for me is that the playing squad now know where they stand and the fact that many are to be invited to commit to new deals, can only bring much needed stability to the operation.
Job security and a clear sense of purpose are things most employees crave so don`t be surprised if the Pirates settle down on the field too now.
New signings are being targeted and as the Coaches will tell you, getting the right players to up sticks and move to West Cornwall isn't always easy.
So in summary I wholeheartedly welcome the new plan for the Pirates. It should have come sooner and is currently a little sketchy in some detail but I can live with that.
What is now important is that the club as a whole gives casual fans a real reason to come back on a regular basis and get the Mennaye Field rocking again.
– Dick Straughan