District duo celebrate Super League licence success

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CASTLEFORD Tigers and Wakefield Wildcats are celebrating after both received new Super League franchise licences.

The duo will remain in the top flight for the next three seasons after RFL chairman Richard Lewis announced the 14 teams to make up Super League from next season.

The announcement was made at Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium yesterday and both of our district sides faced the possibility of dropping out of the competition.

Wildcats had been tipped by many as the side to make way for Widnes Vikings, already awarded a Super League franchise in March, but Castleford, Salford City Reds, Crusaders and Harlequins were also under threat.

Crusaders, based in Wrexham, withdrew their application less than 24 hours before the announcement was made, while Halifax RLFC were unsuccessful in their bid for top flight status.

Castleford and Wakefield were awarded C-Grade licences alongside Harlequins, Salford and Widnes.

Bradford Bulls, Catalans Dragons, Huddersfield Giants, Hull KR and St Helens were awarded B-Grade licences.

A-Grade licences went to Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves and Hull FC.

But the RFL also announced that they would not hesitate in revoking licences before the end of the three-year period if clubs failed to adhere to what they outlined in their applications.

See this week’s Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express for all the latest sports news from around the area.