Earlier today, most Super League, Championship and League 1 clubs voted in favour of IMG’s “reimagining of rugby league.”
However, one club stood against their proposals which would see relegation from Super League of the conventional kind end for teams with a category A licence likely to be the likes of Wigan, Leeds and St Helens.
It also leaves some clubs at a disadvantage in battling for a place in Super League.
This club was Keighley Cougars who have underlined their ambitions with the signings of Ben Crooks and co following promotion from League 1 and in a statement tonight said that they felt the recommendations were “unfair” and “anti-competition.”
They have now been backed by a Member of Parliament in the shape of Robbie Moore who is MP for Keighley and Ilkley and released the following statement on Keighley’s website:
I stand unequivocally with the Keighley Cougars position on this issue and I admire the strong stance they have taken today.
Especially with being the only club to vote against the IMG’s completely unfair proposals.
The Rugby Football League and IMG should not be an elitist venture where clubs can pay-in to win, with immunity from relegation.
It’s not fair, and it’s not sport.
I will do all I can in Parliament to support our Keighley Cougars in their efforts to reverse these ridiculous plans.
In favour of fair values and in the long term interests of a sport we all love.
By Robbie Moore, MP for Keighley and Ilkley.