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The three Championship clubs who could be in Super League next season

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The 2025 campaign marks the first in which the composition of Super League will be entirely based on grading criteria and whilst that’s a contentious point, it certainly is one that creates plenty of uncertainty.

For now, all that is certain is that Grade A clubs will be in Super League and upon the release of the preliminary gradings back in October, seven such clubs existed. One of those though was Hull FC who snuck into Grade A status with 15.05 points, just clear of the magic 15-point mark.

Despite the club’s poor form throughout 2023, it is expected that even if Hull FC lose their Grade A status they will still have plenty of points in the bag. It’s also assumed that Huddersfield Giants and Salford Red Devils will too, Salford having resolved any stadium issues earlier this year.

Where it becomes more of a guessing game as regards their Super League status is with clubs like Leigh Leopards, Castleford Tigers, London Broncos and those sides at the peak of the Championship.

Two Championship sides in Toulouse Olympique and Wakefield Trinity were actually ahead of both Leigh and Castleford, whilst London ranked way down in 24th but they’ve claimed that they’re looking at a proposal to secure their Super League status via other means potentially.

London Broncos’ ‘proposal’ creates more questions than answers over Super League status

After London’s first win of the season on Sunday, head coach Mike Eccles has since spoken on the fact that “IMG have already relegated” whilst revealing details of their ‘proposal’.

He said: “We’re getting on with it, the club is putting together a proposal of where we think we should go and hopefully give us a bit of an opportunity to stay in the competition.”

Jon Wilkin had previously labelled the situation that London have found themselves in as “embarrassing”, claiming that the “sport is finished” given that clubs such as Hull FC can sell players in the knowledge they’re safe, whilst London seem certain to be relegated.

That was until the reveal of this proposal by London, and whilst what this entails is unclear, it could be a game-changer. What is almost certain is that there will be movement between the Super League and the Championship for the 2025 season. Here are three of those Championship teams that could be on the move.

Which Championship teams could find themselves in Super League in 2025?

Wakefield Trinity

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Wakefield Trinity

There seems to be a consensus in the thinking that Wakefield Trinity will be in Super League in 2025 and their recruitment suggests that those in the club also think so. The signings of England and Catalans Dragons duo Mike McMeeken and Tom Johnstone on four-year deals clearly indicate that both the players and the club are certain of Super League status.

Pair that with the fact that under the preliminary gradings, they’re within the top 12 teams, it seems likely that Trinity’s time outside of Super League will be limited to just one season.

Toulouse Olympique

Another of the teams that have been in Super League in recent years is Toulouse and the French side scored highly when the preliminary grades were released. They sat inside that top twelve but there have been question marks over what they have done since those grades were announced in order to improve them.

The likes of Castleford Tigers and Wakefield Trinity have gone about their business quite openly in terms of stadium redevelopment and new investment, whereas the Olympians have been far more quiet in their approach. Obviously, they score high on catchment and that won’t change but in a big blow, Toulouse will lose their 12th-placed finish from the 2021 season and see it replaced by their Championship position this year. That could be crucial.

Bradford Bulls

How good would it be to see Bradford back in the big time? For now it does seem to just be a nostalgic thought with the Bulls having the same problem as always. Odsal. Their stadium simply isn’t up to standards and drags their score down massively, meaning that short of a huge redevelopment in the next few months before the IMG gradings are confirmed, it’s hard to see a way back for Bradford. They are, though, one to watch for the future especially if they can get investment into their facilities.

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  1. Jaybs

    May 19, 2024 at 10:48 am

    IMG another fine mess, and add to that the low attendance yesterday for The Challenge Cup Semi Final, two of our top clubs, not a big ground, and it looked half empty on TV! Come on Super League & The RFL, Sack IMG before they destroy Our Game! Union are showing us how the game should be Run!

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