Hull KR CEO names two Championship clubs who could be promoted to Super League under IMG

Hull KR, like many clubs, held a fantastic fans forum event this week.

During this, the issue of IMG was unsurprisingly changed with the organisation set to re-imagine rugby league.

They have suggested the return of licencing which will see clubs given a Grade A, B or C which will determine their Super League status with Grade A clubs unable to be relegated it seems.

This is why Keighley Cougars voted against the proposal whilst every other club backed them including Hull KR whilst Batley Bulldogs and Dewsbury Rams reportedly abstained from the vote.

Hull KR Chief Executive Paul Lakin has backed the proposals of IMG and has even picked out two Championship clubs he thinks could benefit from them.

“I haven’t seen the criteria,” he acknowledged, “But you can only assume it considers factors across all areas of the club.

“I think York and Newcastle have a good chance if you consider their facilities, but it will be interesting to see.

“I think the thinking is right, IMG are here for 12 years, they’re not looking to flip it, but rather grow the game and fully review the commercials, particularly the broadcast deals which have been declining over a number of years.

“The fact that IMG are on board should hopefully lead to more clubs achieving investment into their own clubs.”

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