For the 2021 season, teams from the Championship were being talked about as the ones to replace Toronto in the Super League.
Leigh Centurions were the team that were successful and they will be playing in the top flight in the upcoming campaign. But, there are certainly others in the midst waiting for their opportunity to star on the big stage.
Who are those five teams that could be ready for Super League?
They have been in and around the promotion push for over a decade now, but Featherstone could finally be ready for a Super League spot. With a stadium that has vastly improved over the recent years and a squad that boasts plenty of experience, Rovers will almost certainly be ready to go one better in 2021.
York City Knights
Having a brand new stadium for the 2021 and working well in the community, the Knights will add another big family feel club to the Super League. Although another team along the ‘M62’ corridor, they will bring something different and bring Super League to a city that has not yet fulfilled its potential. Chairman Jon Flatman has turned York around from the doldrums of the noughties with him and head coach James Ford building a superb squad for a promotion push.
Having been close to promotion to the Super League a few times, the French club would offer a different feel to the league and also a great away day for fans. As well as all that, it will grow the sport even further in France by having two in the top flight. Sylvain Houles has developed his squad into a tight-knit group that has both the character and skill to put L’Hexagon
In 2019 London went down on points difference and played some brilliant rugby along the way. Many fans wanted the Broncos to stay up and if we are to expand the game beyond the ‘M62’ corridor, a team in the capital is the way to go. Danny Ward has been a breath of fresh air in the sport and has built up a great team ethic that will form the basis for yet another promotion push in 2021. Possible dark horses, but Ward has proven he has the mettle.
A former giant of the Super League era, the Bulls have struggled with money and moved from Odsal but things are now looking up, and, although they are sharing grounds with Dewsbury, their fanbase is still one of the best in the country. A nostalgic yearning for a packed Odsal under the bright Friday night lights could very well be realised in the next few years. Perhaps 2021 may come too early for John Kear’s men, but look out for them to cause a few upsets along the way.