Championship decision expected Thursday

The club to be promoted to the Championship in 2021 will be revealed on Thursday 10 December at 2pm.

A vacancy will be created in the Championship for 2021 as a result of Toronto Wolfpack’s Super League application being rejected.

As a result, either London Broncos, Toulouse, York City Knights, Leigh Centurions, Featherstone Rovers and Bradford Bulls will be promoted to the Super League. A decision on that is expected next week.

Five clubs have applied for the vacant Championship spot – Barrow Raiders, Doncaster, Newcastle Thunder, Rochdale Hornets and Workington Town.

A five-strong panel, chaired by former RFL President Air Commodore Dean Andrew OBE, will this week complete its assessment of applications against the following criteria:

  1. Enhancing the commercial value of the Championship to broadcast and sponsorship partners
  2. Delivering value to other members of the Championship.
  3. Being competitive on the field of play.
  4. Being sustainable for the 2021 season and beyond.
  5. Delivering the broader goals of the sport as set out in the RFL’s Strategy Reset document.

Andrew said: “We have adopted a process similar to the one for deciding which Betfred Championship club will play in Super League in 2021 and we have been very impressed by the quality and honesty of the submissions.

“I’d like to thank all five clubs for engaging so enthusiastically with this process in such a relatively short space of time.

“All five applications reflect well on the business acumen, enthusiasm, ambition and realism that exists in League 1. One club will be a fabulous addition to the Betfred Championship; the other four are already raising the bar on what will be a very competitive League 1 next season.”

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