Premiership: Jack Willis says he doubts he will ever get over Wasps’ demise

David Skippers
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England back-row Jack Willis has revealed how he feels about Wasps’ recent suspension from the Premiership and said he doubts he will ever get over the club’s demise.

Wasps, who are set to be relegated, joined Worcester Warriors on Monday as the second team to go into administration which meant all the Coventry-based outfit’s 167 players and staff’s were dismissed from the club.

Came through the ranks at Wasps

Willis came to Wasps in 2015, when he joined their academy, and went on to represent England at senior level. He was crowned Premiership player of the 2019/20 season, but the 25-year-old – whose younger brother Tom is also at Wasps – is now among several players facing an uncertain future.

“I genuinely don’t think I’ll ever get over what happened this week at Wasps, and it is hard to put into words how sad I feel to see my boyhood club end in this way,” Willis said, on Twitter.

“Firstly, I would like to thank the fans for their unwavering support during the highs and the lows.

“I would also like to thank the staff and players who have genuinely become family to me. Letting go of that special group that will never be together again is truly devastating.

“It has been an absolute pleasure being alongside my best mates every single day whilst doing what I love.

“I can’t describe how much that means to me and my family, and we will always be grateful for that.

“I came to this club as a boy, and now leave with a family of my own. I will treasure every experience, every memory in a Wasps shirt. Thank you for everything.

“Most of all, I’d like to thank Wasps for making my dream of playing alongside my brother come true. From the back garden, to the Academy, to a Premiership final – it seems quite surreal looking back, and memories made that will last a lifetime.”

Time running out for successful takeover

A successful takeover would end Wasps’ Premiership suspension and that will enable them to play again this season, but time is running out and there are concerns that too many cancelled matches would adversely affect the league’s integrity.

HM Revenue and Customs issued Wasps with a winding-up order totalling £2million in unpaid tax and they must also repay a £35m bond which helped with the financing of their move to Coventry in 2014.

Wasps’ decorated history includes winning four Premiership titles and the European Cup twice.

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