Now that 2024 is upon us, a new era is well and truly here in Super League with IMG’s control of the sport set to be well and truly felt this year.
This is because at the end of the 2o24 Super League season promotion and relegation will be determined by IMG’s grading scores with Grade A clubs guaranteed to stay in Super League for as long as they hold the Grade A status.
This is with a view to expand the league but it could also see some of the current Super League clubs drop down to the Championship moving forward.
So, we’re taking a look at the clubs in the most IMG danger moving forward.
Castleford finished outside of the top 12 positions in IMG’s illustrative grades but this came after a mistake cost them points that would have moved them into Super League positions. That being said, they are on the tipping point and need to get their stadium redevelopment done sooner rather than later to ensure their Super League status.
Leigh are the club who finished 12th in the rankings but if Castleford received their extra points they would drop to 13th. The Leopards are one big year away from being settled in Super League but that leaves extra pressure on the Super League season going into 2024.
The Broncos are almost guaranteed to be relegated in 2024 no matter what happens. In 2023, they have the lowest grade B score out of all the illustrative IMG grades in 2023. They rank 24th out of 35 clubs and need a massive turn around sooner or later.
Salford Red Devils
Salford finished strongly in the IMG rankings for 2023 but the club need to secure their long term stadium future to ensure they don’t violate IMG’s minimum standards which would likely see them relegated as they have warned. They have also stated that this would lead to their liquidation.
Like Salford, Huddersfield scored strong in 2023 but if they want to retain their strong standing they need to grow their fan base to stay above the chasing pack over the next few years.
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