Mirfield Stags are all set to bring rugby league to Mirfield.

The club hope to plug a gap on Kirklees’ sporting map, with no rugby team of either code currently competing in the town.

Ryan Sparks, the Stags’ general manager, is plotting a bright future for the club who are hoping to enter the RFL Yorkshire Men’s League for 2015.

“A huge amount of work has been going on behind the scenes over the past couple of months and I am delighted to say I am now in a position to officially get the club off the ground,” said Sparks.

“There is a five-year plan in place and I hope the Stags can help shape the future of this famous town through sport.

“The idea is to create a long-lasting legacy here, with the eventual development of a fresh new hub for the whole community to enjoy and be proud of.

“And there can be no better time to launch such an exciting venture in my opinion, given the fact the sport is entering a whole new era at professional level.

“Next season looks set to be an incredible one and our new club deserves to be a part of it.”

Stags officials have been working tirelessly in recent weeks, securing the club’s playing and training facilities (which will be announced soon).

The club will operate in the summer season with training due to get under way this coming January before the big kick-off in March.

Mirfield Stags Rugby League Club's Ryan Sparks
Mirfield Stags Rugby League Club's Ryan Sparks
 

Initially, the Stags will operate a solitary open-age side but plans are in place to eventually encourage junior rugby league.

Mirfield-based Sparks added: “This is just the start for what I believe will eventually become a major player in Mirfield.

“Everyone involved is fully committed to the cause and I am thrilled to say that plenty more exciting announcements are going to be made very soon.

“We are currently working closely with potential partners to help ensure next season – the first in our history – proves a major success.

“Work is also under way on the recruitment front and details of a launch night, where players will be able to sign up and get involved, will be confirmed in due course.

“I would like to thank everyone who has assisted in helping the club make it to this very early yet exciting stage.”