Super League club handed relegation warning by IMG

Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves, Hull FC, Hull KR, Catalans Dragons and St Helens have all been given Grade A status by IMG.

They are now immune from relegation for as long as they hold that status and are the top seven clubs in the country.

Super League in 2025 will be made up of the top 12 clubs and based on the first grades awarded this means we will see Castleford Tigers in 13th and London Broncos in 24th miss out.

The Broncos are the lowest ranking team with a Grade B score and look set to miss out on Super League in 2025 no matter what they achieve on the field in 2024.

This comes as IMG warned them that they need to improve every area to retain their Super League status.

Matt Dwyer, Vice President of IMG, said: “I think the answer with London is one where, we’re still at the beginning of this process, but the whole objective here is to be growing the sport.

“With London, I think what this shows is that there is a lot that still needs to be done to be able to grow and to have a strong presence and a strong team in London.

“While I don’t want to predict what the 2025 numbers are going to look like, what they will have is some very clear outlines as to where they need to improve to be able to increase their score.

“They’re obviously going to benefit from what will be a year in, potentially a year, potentially longer, but what will definitely be a year in Super League next season where they should be highly motivated to perform the best they possibly can.

“If you recall with grading, many of the scores and categories are done over a three-year period. So, the score that they get in 2024 is going to be incredibly important for them going forward as well. So I think it really does reflect the challenge that we do have in London.

“I don’t think it’s a surprise to anyone. It’s probably the feedback that most of you gave me when we presented the recommendations in the first place is that for London to become a powerhouse in the sport, there’s a lot that needs to be done, and I think the grading reflects that.

“We’ve got a real opportunity to break that score down now with the club and for them to start working through the different parts of the areas they need to be focusing on.”