Have your say: Who should be Super League’s 12th club?

We want to know who you think should take Super League’s 12th spot for 2021.

Leigh, Toulouse, Featherstone, York, London and Bradford are all vying for Super League’s 12th spot, which was left vacant after Toronto Wolfpack failed in their bid to be re-admitted into the top flight for next season.

The Canadian club withdrew from the 2020 Super League season, citing financial problems caused by coronavirus pandemic but had hoped they would compete in the top flight in 2021.

Toronto failed in their bid to gain re-admission in the top flight next season, so one place is up for grabs for six Championship clubs.

Leigh, Toulouse, Featherstone, York, Bradford and London have all submitted their final applications for a spot in Super League next year.

A decision on Super League’s 12th club is to be decided by December 16.

Who should be Super League’s 12th club? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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    • The Leigh Centurions. Of all who as applied. Have the best ground and facilities. Have good home and away support. Squad with superleague xperience

  1. York City Knights. A new area for Super League, going into the country’s biggest county with a huge catchment area full of people craving a sporting team at the elite level. Huge support from the business community and a recognisable, destination city which will only enhance Super League’s appeal.

    • Leigh – superb facilities, financially sound, large fan base, great community development, already have a team that can compete in SL.

  2. London think there would be best learnt from last time in superleague and think the backroom staff would get the best out of having less cash to play with

  3. Leigh or Toulouse seem to be the best placed to currently take on the challenge of Superleague. Taking into consideration of ground, players, fans and set up. Closely followed by Featherstone York and Broncos. Bradford seem to be still going through their management rebuilding and could be in danger of setting back their steady and prudent restructuring. Whatever happens I hope a big consideration will be based on sustainability and potential growth from this opportunity after the Toronto debacle.

    • I agree, Toulouse in SL then promote Montpellier and Nantes to the championship. Get the French press interested in Rugby League again.

  4. Featherstone should be first choice for Super league they qualified against all odds and narrowly lost in final it is the best ground and belongs to Rovers what else do the rugby league need

  5. Best first, in descending order of choice – Toulouse, London, Bradford, York then Leigh/Fev the same. Tough choice and I can make a case for any of them. As a non-heartland League fan, I can tell you the awareness of RL is virtually zero across both friends and work mates – even the Grand Final had as much impact as the 2:15 at Haydock (their loss on that one!). The game itself is as good as it can get, yet still no one is interested. RL needs places the wider population can identify with as you won’t in a million years get more people interested in say, Wakefield v Featherstone. For me it has to be Toulouse – subject to groundsharing with the RU team (or sorting out the nimbies who wont let them develop their own, current, dive). Failing that, London, but since their project will only work with success, allow them to sign slightly more Aussies to stop gap the constant pillaging of their youth system by the heartland teams (made uniquely worse for London as many won’t move the other way from North to London to earn the same money when it costs much more to live there). Look, if i was a long term Fev fan, i’d passionately support Fev’s bid too. But RL needs to decide if it genuinely wants to be a national sport, or stay parochial and gradually descend into a semi-pro format as the world continues to go “global” *(look at the recent surveys on the dreadful potential European Super League in football, where older people have little interest but the younger (but more globally inclined) generation think it will be great. Do you really think they’ll be up for Cas vs Leigh? Time to wake up and smell the croissant. Time is running out

    • You,sir are a grown up!.You have also actually thought about this.
      Toulouse Olympique are BY FAR the logical choice for the 12th team.There is no one even close.The city,tradition,air and train links,stadium,built in rivalry with Catalan…everything is in place.Toulouse`s application stands head and shoulders above the others.

      What we DO NOT need is yet another small town,underfunded,nowhere team.We`ve tried that and guess what…IT DIDNT WORK!!!

      Get Toulouse Olympique in.Then see if London can find a better stadium and prehaps more investors.Then we`d have a competition.

      • I would sort of agree with London, but they need to increase their fan base massively.
        One of the main criteria, however, is having an Academy; only London & Bradford fulfil this condition, and both are well run, producing lots of fine players.
        London are well down the list on fan base though.

    • With a squad full of dual reg players….. every season.
      a well run club but they need to produce a full match day 17 on their own first

  6. Should be Toronto but they were murdered by the Luddite protectionists. Toulouse are the next best choice, a really progressive club which will hugely benefit the game in France and boost SL’s image in the UK.

  7. I think Bradford, bring more money to rugby league in revenue, sponsors, gates etc. Bringing more home grown talent into the game, dont just sign players constantly like the rest. I think they need a team that contributes to the growth of super league

  8. London – has the ownership stability, community links and Academy pathways to be there for the long-term. Only the Broncos and Toulouse bring any hope for the game breaking out of the M62 corridor.

  9. As we’ve booted one expansion team into the long grass, my preferences would be Toulouse or York.
    Aside from the potential of few away fans (and let’s face it, if you’re basing your business model on that, you’re screwed anyway!), none of the rest would bring anything remotely interesting or original to the Super League.
    They’ll have their chance once P&R resumes next year.
    Let’s not waste this unique opportunity to inject something fresh & vibrant into the comp!

  10. Leigh, Bradford or York, bringing another french team to super league would just harm clubs financially straight after covid as they will need to pay for travel and accommodation over there plus when the french side comes over here they bring next to no fans meaning less money there, also the English teams That I have mentioned would be more than welcomed and fans would be willing to travel to them from the people I have spoken to.

    • Toulouse v Catalan could attract a larger crowd than the Hull derby. It would certainly be on French TV gaining more exposure for the sport.

  11. Toulouse would add an expansionist dimension, which could be the basis of exploring new avenues in France. Featherstone would bring hard work, traditional values and sound management – if in trouble, their fans would dig the club out of it. They are an unlikely choice because of the proximity of Castleford and Wakefield. London and York are good ‘also-rans’ at this time. As for Leigh and Bradford, have they both not made ‘pigs ears’ of opportunities in recent years? Could they be trusted? So TOULOUSE.

  12. Without any doubt I sincerely hope that it will be Toulouse. With the sad loss of Toronto from Superleaguee the decision makers need to take their northern blinkers off and spread the game for the good of all who love rugby league.

  13. Bradford Bulls – one of the top 5 academies in the UK, produced some of the world’s best players, such as Bateman,Bentley,Trueman and Burgess, biggest fan base, best history, biggest ROI, the most fans our league outside of super league and 7th highest in the whole pyramid which would only grow in super league, just signed two england academy internationals. Averaged more fans in their relegation super league season 2014 than what halifax averaged when they finished third in 1998. Great coach , super crowd potential, helped some of other clubs achieve above a 2000 fan average by giving them their biggest crowd. Dwarfed every other club at the summer bash, the most recognised club of all those applying, gave many clubs the biggest crowd of their season. 10,000 members on our league.

  14. Featherstone Rovers have ticked all the boxes regarding giving them the spot in super league owning their own fantastic ground commercially sound and have a quality squad who through merit have been knocking in the door for many seasons before so instead of Playing second fiddle to clubs that have tried to buy their way in give this solidly built club their chance their great history deserves consideration if nothing else Rovers are ready 👍😉

  15. Swinton Lions
    Massive off field developments being done laying really strong foundations in the City of Manchester and attached local authorities. Totally gone under the radar will be SL by 2025. With the latest applicants has to be toulouse

  16. Swinton Lions
    Massive off field developments being done laying really strong foundations in the City of Manchester and attached local authorities. Totally gone under the radar will be SL by 2025. With the latest applicants has to be toulouse

    • I agree with Toulouse as the choice, French RL needs the exposure. We can then promote two more French clubs to the Championship.

  17. Swinton Lions.
    Massive off field developments going on in City of Manchester and neighbouring local authorities, going totally under the radar. Totally sustainable club with a reenergised and growing fanbase.
    Will be Super League in 2025.
    Lions to roar. Of the present applicants has to be toulouse

  18. Toulouse
    Except for Bradford the others are too small as clubs. We need to gently expand and France deserves 2 Super League teams

  19. The sport is desperate to attract more media exposure to gain extra corporate sponsorship. The Canadian club failed to gain that exposure and those clubs in the ‘heartlands’ are not going to attract more interest either. London should be able to attract sponsorship themselves in the capitol but have failed to do so. Toulouse will offer the sport the chance to air a French derby. Let’s have two French teams and generate more interest there.

  20. Leigh for definitely are ready got a great team together , got the best ground , fan base and one of the best coaches and backroom staff .

  21. How many chances do Bradford need, they are an Admistrators dream ticket. Featherstone have done brilliantly but are literally Leeds Reserves. London and Leigh have had their chance.
    Got to be Toulouse closely followed by York

  22. Bradford Bulls – one of the top 5 academies in the UK, produced some of the world’s best players, such as Bateman,Bentley,Trueman and Burgess, biggest fan base, best history, biggest ROI, the most fans our league outside of super league and 7th highest in the whole pyramid which would only grow in super league, just signed two england academy internationals. Averaged more fans in their relegation super league season 2014 than what halifax averaged when they finished third in 1998. Great coach , super crowd potential, helped some of other clubs achieve above a 2000 fan average by giving them their biggest crowd. Dwarfed every other club at the summer bash, the most recognised club of all those applying, gave many clubs the biggest crowd of their season. 10,000 members on our league. They will be playing at a multi use odsal next year.

  23. Bradford Bulls – one of the top 5 academies in the UK, produced some of the world’s best players, such as Bateman,Bentley,Trueman and Burgess, biggest fan base, best history, biggest ROI, the most fans our league outside of super league and 7th highest in the whole pyramid which would only grow in super league, just signed two england academy internationals. Averaged more fans in their relegation super league season 2014 than what halifax averaged when they finished third in 1998. Great coach , super crowd potential, helped some of other clubs achieve above a 2000 fan average by giving them their biggest crowd. Dwarfed every other club at the summer bash, the most recognised club of all those applying, gave many clubs the biggest crowd of their season. 10,000 members on our league.

  24. London is a good choice and so is Toulouse. London is the capital of UK but where bis Ealing? (no offence). Toulouse is a great city but direct flights are limited outside tourist season. If we’re looking for new areas for SL to expand in then York sitting in the biggest county in the country. A go to destination and a natural expansion for Super League. Untapped potential with few natural predetors.

  25. Featherstone and London in a play off for the 12th sport no more foreign sides in our. game winner get promoted. As bring things to the table . London because I’ve mention on this site before they have taken the game to the locals with the southern conference . South London sharks , Greenwich admirals , Crawley jets . There’s two blokes who have put a lot of time in developing the game in London . Matin coy ex army got the game into the community and a graham Thompson was the rugby leagues development officer . Not to mention Brunel university,along with oxford and Cambridge universities plus bath university . Plus London have a. Good club set up , with a good chairman who puts his hand in his pockets and stood by the club and loyal supporters with pride and loyalty and history . Plus a vast catchment area for Aussies and kiwis to watch the club . Not to mention right in the heart of the Union game . Not to mention the players they have produced for other super league clubs like St. Helens and Wigan . Beat that Toulouse and leigh

  26. Good luck to who ever gets it I’m a widnes always have been and always will be , just glad the chairman and committee didn’t go for it this time so I’m worried about our future

  27. As a fan living near Southampton i would be in support of any expansion team, so I think York would be a great addition. It’s an affluent town and will attract a new audience, but it’s also close enough for away fans to travel to easily, which is important for sustained growth.

    My all time top option would be for Mike Ashley to buy Newcastle Thunder and give football season ticket holders free or heavily discounted entry to RL matches, imagine the publicity and crowds that would generate, it’s a win win for him and RL!

  28. London Broncos!Simples! They clearly deserve to be as the 12th club, who also have the clear financial backing to do so, as well as the 100% commitment of the owner, staff & team, as well as having one of the best acadamies in the game and the best chance of expanding the game in the south.

  29. There’s only one team ready, regarding squad ( probably need a couple more quality players at the most), excellent coaching set up, playing facilities, ground facilities, excellent hospitality set up, excellent location (with good links to motorways), accommodation within walking distance, good junior set up in the area, excellent community links, financially sound, excellent loyal fan base home and away. SL is dominated by Yorkshire clubs time to even it up a bit, 4 x local derbies with Wigan, Saints, Warrington and Salford all creating good atmospheres.

  30. Broncos.
    All major sports have at least one team in London.
    For league its not only to have a team in south, if not that a good number of players outside the traditional area can show their abilities and inspire another one from Midlands and rest of England to play in clubs
    Who will play in Championship substituting the place left by who promote to super league will be interesting

  31. Leigh All the way best supported by far than any other contenders.Leigh sports village is second to none in rugby league and continues to grow. The new signings are all super league quality and experienced.The last thing that super league needs is empty stadiums in the away end again after a terrible year and that will never happen with Leigh in super league .And the rugby will be great.

  32. As a Bulls fan, I would say Toulouse Is the right choice for 2021. Fev need to realise they will only ever be a Championship side, and only a few challenge cup titles/attempts may change that.

    • Leigh are ready plenty fans great ground I’m a wire but live next to leigh ground be better for my away games v leigh all you need to do is think about me 🤣🤣

  33. i think that the squad that leigh centurions have put together for the 2021 season is awesome, those of you who have not seen it, take a close look. they now have a powerful set of experienced players, capable of beating any of their contenders for the 12th place, with ease. combine that with the centurions world cup standard stadium and the whole structure in place, i think they are odds on favourites.

  34. Leigh centurions 100% Derek has worked wonders at the club. invested in a big squad, the ground and pitch is second to none, they have a big fan base too. Ticks all the boxes. Definately not Toulouse as surely we’ve learned from the Toronto venture. Rugby league is a northern game

  35. Toronto Wolfpack obviously! The team that legitimately won entry into Superleague. A once in a century global pandemic is used as an excuse to unfairly eliminate an amazing team that fairly built their club and fan base over five years, because of unwillingness to fairly share financial resources. A great City like Toronto with 6.3 million people, a global perspective, and a packed stadium of fans cannot believe northern England is so afraid and closed minded. We embraced your game with heart and passion and you spit in our face. Totally a disgrace to the rugby ideals.

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