It’s been a busy week for me. I’m wondering when things will calm down, but there doesn’t seem to be any prospect of that on the horizon.

On Tuesday I did the ‘Odd Shaped Balls’ show at Cando FM. It was good to talk about how we have assembled the squad, a little bit about the financial situation and how we have managed to put so much quality in the team, and also about the future of the club on and off the field.

Dan Payne and Grahame Dale are doing a great job putting rugby league on the local map and it is great we are getting exposure.

On Wednesday, it was our board meeting and I was delighted that Phil Heighton has accepted my invitation to become facility director; things are really coming together both on and off the field.

We got some exciting proposals from the RFL about the formation of the 1895 Cup with the final at Wembley on Challenge Cup final day. The plan is Championship clubs come in at the last 16 and we are three wins from Wembley, so why not us?

Unfortunately, we were also informed we have to wait until November 25 before the fixtures are announced. Our match-day packages are selling even now, so I think you will need to get in fast if you want to treat your clients to one of our hospitality or boardroom packages.

At the meeting we had in-depth discussions about the way we should promote ourselves and our sponsors, together with how we present news on our social media platforms and website.

There was something of a generation gap in the boardroom, with some parties discussing things vigorously and others, perhaps a more mature age, wondering what the hell was being talked about. I think we may decide to have more focussed sub-meetings with invitations.

Two really long meetings with a potential major sponsor dominated the rest of my available hours and I am pleased to say we are close to announcing a very exciting partnership.

Interspersed were phone calls to players’ agents and players as I was working hard to get the final few signings over the line.

Friday was a sad occasion though when I said farewell to my good friend, Paul Williamson. Paul was my coach at Abbey Vikings under-17s and we were reacquainted when I returned to Roose Pioneers from Barrow.

He was a great person to be around and I have fond memories of our regular Wembley trips. I will miss you, Big Paul.