Wakefield chairman Andrew Glover has expressed his delight at retaining their Super League licence, and insists it was won on their own merit.
The Wildcats were widely tipped to be the team set for demotion at the end of the season, but they were handed a reprieve by Crusaders’ decision to withdraw their application.
However, Glover believes the hard work done by the club’s administrative staff over the past few months earned them the licence.
In a statement to supporters, he said: “What a great day we all had yesterday. It’s great to see the efforts of all the staff and team paying off and a big well done from me for their work.
“I mentioned on Calendar that we have been informed by Blake Solly, RFL Compliance Manager, that we won this licence on our own merit. It’s a shame that the gloss was taken off our award by the mention of Crusaders removing their application. That being said, we here all know the truth that it’s our efforts, commitment and hard work that has got us this licence.
“So, ‘Super League’, what a great thing to say! This is where the work really starts though; we now have to deliver everything we have promised. For us to be secure over the next 3 years it’s now our job to produce all the things that we have outlined in our application.
“The plans will now be lodged with the council for the new stands and the other improvements we have planned and mentioned. Efforts will be increased to ensure we get the Newmarket site up and running and through the Secretary of State, and then build for us.”
Ironically, Wakefield will host Crusaders on Sunday, in what is sure to be an intriguing encounter.