Rugby fans are being urged not to ask for a season ticket refund in a bid to help Whitehaven survive the Covid pandemic.

Haven’s board have issued a statement outlining several options to its season ticket holders, following the cancellation of the 2020 Betfred Championship season.

Tom Todd, speaking for and on behalf of the board of directors, said: “The board would like to thank the fans for their continued patience and understanding in what has been worrying times.

“Considering all that has gone before and the cost implications of the voiding of the season, the club would like to propose to season ticket holders several options.”

Option one is a direct appeal to the fans to, if possible donate back to the club on a pro-rata basis the outstanding balance on their season tickets.

“The club do not make this plea lightly,” said Todd, “however, a full refund would cost the club up to £20,000 on season tickets alone. Saying this, the club fully understand there are fans that may not be able to afford to do this and the club fully appreciate that.

“Fans who confirm this in writing will have the option to purchase a 2021 Challenge Cup final ticket for only £10.”

The second option would allow fans to purchase 2021 season tickets at a discount, on a pro rata basis. Todd explained: “[This is] in a sense, a ‘rollover’.”

Fans have until August 31 to contact the club regarding either option one or two.

​Todd said: “2021 has the potential to be another difficult year financially for the club. The season ticket loss and commercial losses – in advertising, sponsorship and reduction in central funding – could result in up to a six-figure drop in income.”

There is some good news however, as the club hopes to announce its first new addition next Wednesday.