Super League considering unpaid leave

The Super League are looking into the prospect of putting players on unpaid leave during the coronavirus pandemic, according to Executive Chairman Robert Elstone.

The season has been suspended since 16th March and after Tuesday’s update, no date has been set on a possible return.

To further complicate matters, access to government funding will be tricky due to the presence of Catalans Dragons and Toronto Wolfpack as teams not from the UK.

“Our big priority right now is economic survival for us and for our clubs, and everything we’re doing is about that.” Elstone told a media briefing.

“We are looking very closely at the support the government is offering all businesses to make sure we’re as well placed as we can be to access that as quickly as we can.

“Clearly furloughing was a very welcome initiative the clubs put on the table.

“I think every club and Super League is looking very closely at how that allows us to get through this situation.”

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