London Broncos have confirmed they intend to appoint administrators as the future of the club remains unclear.
Currently homeless, after moving out of Twickenham Stoop at the end of last season, the Broncos have lost the majority of their playing squad, and all but a few of the off-field staff have been made redundant.
They have been locked in talks with Barnet FC chairman Tony Kleanthous over a possible move to The Hive, but he is thought to be interested in buying a stake in the club, but only if it became debt-free.
The move into administration is a way of safeguarding the club while talks are ongoing.
A club statement said: “London Broncos Rugby League Club have today instructed lawyers to file a Notice of Intention to appoint administrators over the club.
“This will allow 10 working days for the club to work with the Rugby Football League and other parties to resolve the club’s future and will prevent any creditor from taking action against the club in this period.
“There will be no further comment at this time.”
London are due to open the Super League season against Widnes on February 16, and are expected to ask for exemption from the overseas quota to enable them to recruit players.