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Championship club slam IMG plan as “fake expansion” and “elitism”

Keighley Cougars have confirmed that they have MP support in their opposition of IMG branding them as “fake expansion” and “arrogant elitism.”

This comes after the club received political support from their local MP after the initial IMG proposals last year.

In a statement made by the club they said:

“Cougars have cross party support, with Robbie Moore MP and Labour candidate John Grogan, fully behind the Cougars in their David and Goliath fight against IMG and their Reimagining Rugby League proposals.

“Robbie Moore MP arranged for Cougars owners Ryan O’Neill and Kaue Garcia to meet with the Sports Minister, Rt Hon Stuart Andrew MP, where the Cougars were given an opportunity to share their concerns with government.

“In a weekend where Cougar Park was packed to the rafters for the Keighley v Bradford derby, there was no presence from IMG nor the RFL.

“Rugby League can grow, if we focus, support, market, and build on our own turf.

“We believe fake expansion, spreadsheet grading, and arrogant elitism will kill the sport.”

The club have been open about their opposition to IMG’s grading idea wanting instead the RFL to introduce a two up two down promotion relegation system in Super League.

They have also particularly opposed the inclusion of catchment in the grading criteria as it leaves clubs like them and others at a disadvantage.

This comes after their derby with Bradford Bulls attracted a brilliant attendance.

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