York chairman sends defiant message

York City Knights chairman Jon Flatman has spoken out following the club’s decision not to play in the Challenge Cup.

Championship and League One competitions were declared null and void last week, and the Knights made the decision to pull out of the Cup on Tuesday.

Flatman says they are already looking forward to 2021, which will culminate in their new LNER Community Stadium hosting matches in the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.

He said:  “We’re going to be bigger, we’re going to be stronger, and we’re going to come out and ensure that 2021 will be a magical year for Rugby League in York.

“We’ve got the World Cup coming to York in 2021, we’re hosting half of the women’s tournament at the LNER Community Stadium, and we’ve got the York City Knights Ladies who are going to go onto bigger and better things in the Betfred Women’s Super League, so it’s a good time to support Rugby League in York, and we thank all our fans and partners for continuing to support us.

“Discussions are ongoing as they always are, and once we get ink on paper and our media guys let me loose(!) then we’ll start to make some exciting announcements as and when. There’s no guarantees until the ink is dry, but we are extremely excited for what 2021 will hold.”

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