The news that the Nanaimo Timbermen lost their primary sponsorship heading into the 2014 Western Lacrosse Association season didn’t exactly spread the cheer. The Timbermen insist they’re on solid footing for this season and that the split with Coastal Windows was a friendly one. And Hadi Abassi confirmed as much when he spoke with the Nanaimo Daily News about his decision. “The way it’s been on the Island it’s not busy for me in construction,” Abassi said. “You need excess income to support sports … I was the main person who wrote all the cheques, and it’s just been a long time, and it’s time for me to go in a new direction, for them to find a new person.” The Timbermen say they’ll be moving forward at the senior and junior levels while searching for a new primary sponsor. “To have someone named as our sponsor and our flag-bearer, we need that person to be the right person, someone whose character and reputation reflects that of the clubs,” said Farren Ferguson, the teams’ director of operations.