Halifax’s Super League dreams are still alive, despite missing out to Widnes in Thursday’s licence announcement.
Having met the RFL’s stipulated criteria, Halifax’s bid will now be considered alongside the 14 existing Super League clubs in July.
The club’s board of directors have urged fans to continue their support for their bid campaign.
A statement said: “Although disappointed, the Club’s Application remains ‘live’, except that it will now be considered alongside the imminent applications by the 14 existing Super League Clubs, for the remaining 13 places in Super League. Therefore we would wish to create a rallying call to the fans of Halifax RLFC, and the local public, to keep faith in the bid and to continue to back it.
“In the RFL statement, Richard Lewis stressed how both Halifax and Widnes passed the RFL criteria and were both therefore valid for Super League. This is a very important focal point and demonstrates that we still have a fantastic chance to achieve success in the July decision.
“As a Club we do not give up when we seem to be down, as our 2010 Grand Final success shows. We were all but down and out, but never gave up, came back from the brink, and prevailed against all the odds. We will strive to repeat this on field achievement in the coming months off the field.
“In closing, this is a very disappointing day but all is not lost. We will continue to work hard to achieve our goal, and we hope to be able to provide Super League for our fantastic supporters and the town of Halifax.”