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Featherstone Rovers explain why they voted against IMG proposals

Championship leaders Featherstone Rovers have confirmed that they voted against the IMG proposals today due to one major concern.

This is the question around promotion and relegation and a concern that a Category B club in the Championship would not necessarily be promoted.

In a statement released on their website, the Rovers said:

“Featherstone Rovers’ Board of Directors have today voted no, in the ballot to adopt the measures presented by IMG.

“Whilst the board is largely in agreement with the measures presented by IMG and the RFL, there remained a question about the ability for Category B teams to be promoted into Super League from the Championship when there are category B Clubs remaining in Super League. We firmly believe that further dialogue needs to take place on this fundamental issue. We were clearly told during the consultation period that a Category B club would always replace another Category B should a promotion/relegation situation arise, this position has changed in further variations of the proposals.

“Other than this specific detail, the board feels that IMG present the best hope for the sport’s future, and the leadership that the sport so desperately needs.

“We have worked hard to make this club the best possible version of itself. As a club where distribution contributes to only 10% of our turnover, we are well versed in growing and operating a successful business and see this as the model that should be adopted by clubs across the sport.

“We have increased investment in facilities, diversified our income streams, developed grass roots development programs, a Womens Super League team and pathway, and made a commitment to Learning Disability Rugby League and much more. We believe that we stand in good stead with the IMG grading criteria and will continue to work hard to improve.

“We want to be absolutely clear that had the point concerning promotion and relegation for Category B clubs been addressed, we would have voted in favour of the proposals.”

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