WARRINGTON Wolves chairman Stuart Middleton has addressed the issue of whether season ticket holders will be given refunds.

Super League will return in August after the coronavirus pandemic caused the 2020 season to be paused.

The Wire will be back in action over the weekend of August 8 and 9, but all fixtures will played behind closed doors until further notice.

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With the fixture programme having also been reduced to 22 games in the regular season, some fans have queried whether they will receive partial refunds for season tickets.

But Mr Middleton has urged supporters not to request refunds, with ‘alternative options to be presented in due course’.

The Wolves chairman added that the club is facing a ‘very uncertain financial future over the next few years’ as a result of Covid-19.

He said: “I am sure you will understand that collectively, as a sport, we are facing a very uncertain financial future over the next few years and this is no different for Warrington Wolves.

“As a club that owns our home ground with diverse income streams, this has made the situation all the more delicate.

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“To ease some of the club’s financial burden, my fellow directors and I have committed a seven-figure sum to help navigate the club through this period.

“Although our own businesses are experiencing difficulties, we remain proud Warringtonians as well as custodians of this club and we are committed to ensuring that Warrington Wolves has a bright future.

“Alongside the financial support from directors, I ask that all of you as loyal supporters consider the alternative options that will be presented in due course as opposed to requesting a refund against your current membership – although I am aware and understand your personal circumstances may dictate otherwise.

“We want to continue to have a team that challenges for success, and with your support and the directors’ commitment I am confident this can be achieved.

“We have consulted with a number of our fans and looked at examples from other sports clubs across the globe for the best alternative options to a refund, which will see you rewarded for your loyalty during this difficult time – we will finalise these options as soon as we can and will update you accordingly.”

Mr Middleton also thanked players, coaches and other club staff who have accepted a salary deduction despite several having had their workload ‘significantly increased’.

He added: “On behalf of everyone at Warrington Wolves, I would like to take the opportunity again to thank you, our loyal fans, for your patience and support during this difficult and challenging period of time.

“Please continue to keep well and stay safe, and I look forward to welcoming you back to the Halliwell Jones Stadium at the earliest opportunity.”