A deal has been done to save Cheshire Jets with the club being sold to local businessman Haydn Cook.

Long-time owner Peter Hawkins had threatened to walk away from the Northgate outfit earlier this summer due to other commitments, leaving the Jets under threat of dropping out of the BBL.

MVP understands talks were at an advanced stages with the wife of Premier League footballer Djibril Cisse at one stage before that move fell through.

But now Cook, described as having “extensive business experience, both in the public and private sector” has stepped forward to lead Cheshire onwards.

“I am honored to be entrusted with leading the Cheshire Jets, as a long term local resident I took my now grown up children to games at Northgate many years ago and am a long term supporter,” he said.

“When it became clear that Peter was stepping down after 5 years I felt it was important for the region that the Jets continued in the BBL and felt that I had skills and experiences which could take the team forward. I don’t underestimate the challenges ahead, both in the short term in preparation for our first game on 23rd September and for the long term, but I know with the continued support of the best volunteers and fans in the league we can make it a success.”

Hawkins will step down with immediate effect as chairman.

“I am delighted that Haydn has come forward, we have been in intense discussions with a number of people and Haydn was, in my view, the best person to take over,” he said.

“The Jets are a huge asset in the region and I am confident Haydn can take the BBL team onto the next level.”

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