Keighley have been incredibly outspoken in their opposition of IMG’s grading criteria.
They have now taken another jab at IMG’s criteria with a hilarious April Fools joke.
They announced on Twitter that they were merging with other Yorkshire clubs to appease IMG’s catchment criteria calling themselves the Yorkshire Puddings.
“REBRAND! After consultation, we have decided to merge with our fellow Yorkshire clubs in the hunt to increase our catchment area and gain 2 extra points in IMG’s grading system. Therefore we are now known as ‘Yorkshrie Puddings’ – GO PUDDINGS!”
REBRAND! After consultation, we have decided to merge with our fellow Yorkshire clubs in the hunt to increase our catchment area and gain 2 extra points in IMG's grading system.
Therefore we are now known as 'Yorkshrie Puddings' – GO PUDDINGS!@img pic.twitter.com/7JEGlPZehe
— Keighley Cougars (@Cougarmania) April 1, 2023
This comes after the club made the following statement this week:
“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.”