Reading-based Aviva Premiership club London Irish could be in the midst of a takeover, according to reports emerging in Sportsmail this morning.
It is understood that Mick Crossan, chairman of recycling and waste management company Powerday, will lead a purchase of the club in the coming months. Powerday is already the headline sponsor of the Exiles, and also employs former club legend Bob Casey. Crossan is based in London, and regularly attends matches at the Madejski.
And this could be great news for London Irish fans hoping that their top talent, like Marland Yarde and James O’Connor, with Crossan likely to go on a strong recruitment drive. Aside from their two headline players, he plans to reaffirm the club’s Irish identity with the signing of top players from Ireland.
Donnacha Ryan is top of the list of potential targets, while the signing of Tom Court last week would appear to confirm this strategy. Court himself said there had been mention of boardroom changes.
“They mentioned that there was maybe a change in management of the board, but to be honest I didn’t make a lot of it,” he told Sportsmail. “They’re recruiting hard and want to get a good strong Irish element in their team again.”
London Irish have organised a special press conference on Thursday morning at 10.30am, when they are expected to confirm the announcement.
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