Knights launch 2021 Super League bid

Published: 3 November, 2020 - 6:16 pm

York City Knights can tonight announce that they will be applying for the vacant 12th spot in the 2021 Betfred Super League competition.

York chairman Jon Flatman told i Sport newspaper: “York has the ambition to be a Super League club and we’ll be submitting an application.

“We would need to recruit more players. But in terms of the off-field criteria I think we’re a positive brand. We’ve got a demographic that supports the city, that is growing, and I think that’s important when you’re looking at any new organisation.

“York’s a positive city for running businesses and I think there’s a history of rugby league as well, a clear history of rugby league. I would like to think it’s about the potential of York as well as what we’re currently delivering.

“We’d be very excited to submit an application and judge ourselves against what will be some, clearly, high-quality candidates. But I believe we’re moving in the right direction [as a club], and this would continue that.”

Fellow Betfred Championship clubs Featherstone & Toulouse have also expressed their intent to apply for the vacant spot.

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