The Maidstone Pumas have today announced that they are to cease operations and disband. The team were widely considered the worst in Britball for a number of years but in recent seasons had won a couple of fixtures and were attracting a crop of experienced coaches and players as they looked to turn their fortunes around.
No reason has been provided for the decision and the club have said they will be making no other statements. It can be assumed that the cancelled 2020 season due to COVID-19 will have contributed to the decision. The sad part is that the Pumas are likely to not be the only casualty of this period as many clubs will be struggling.
The good news from their announcement is that their resources and funds will be passed to a local club. You’d imagine an announcement would be made about this but maybe that will come from the other club. My money would be on the East Kent Mavericks taking these resources due to their close proximity. East Kent may also benefit from the Human Resources of the Pumas (the players and coaches) seeking a new home.
Another thing we may see is teams within close proximity merging together. With the announcement of a couple of vaccines there is a new hope within society, however it could take another 12 months before a vaccine is made generally available and we could be facing an impact on the 2021 season.
Here is Maidstone’s announcement on their Facebook page: