Fresh bid to help save football club

A passionate football fan and businessman has stepped forward with a plan he hopes could save his town's club.

Rothwell Town Football Club supporter Pino Colonna has said he is willing to put up the 350,000 the club needs to survive.

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His offer comes after Kettering Football Club chairman Imraan Ladak offered to clear the club's debts in a bid to help save his own club's future.

Mr Colonna, who runs Pino Plant contractors in the town, said: "I love Rothwell football club and would not want to see the club fall down or disappear completely.

"I would be willing to put the money forward to pay off the club's debts and help to secure its future and lease it the ground. I know another offer is on the table but we need to do what is right for the club."

Mr Colonna already sponsors the club and is on the board.

On Monday the Evening Telegraph revealed Mr Ladak's offer to pay off Rothwell's debts in a bid to secure Kettering Town's future.

At a meeting last week Rothwell Town voted to first try to sell the social club and car park land to clear debts of about 350,000.

But with predictions that they have just weeks to do this before administrators come in, they agreed that plan B would be to accept an offer from Poppies chairman Imraan Ladak to clear the debts.

The deal would mean Kettering would have an asset to negotiate with to keep its club alive and progress football in the borough – it could also see both clubs playing in Kettering.

At the meeting there was no mention of Mr Ladak's intentions for the site, including whether it could be developed for housing. After last week's meeting chairman Neil Griffin stepped down, and no-one from the club was available to comment on the latest offer.