Wakefield Ladies will take a watching brief over the Women’s Super League this year, with plans to enter in 2019.
New head coach Wayne Hirst took an opening training session at the weekend as they continue to recruit ahead of April’s kick-off.
Hirst said: “This season is all about building a strong squad and culture at Wakefield so were in a solid position to transition into the Women’s Super League next season.
“The session has been open to all abilities we didn’t want to restrict it, we wanted to open the access to all.
“It’s been really good, we’ve had a good response from the girls that have come down and they’ve interacted with us really well and I’ve been impressed with the skill on show from a lot of them.
“We asked for some of our existing squad to come down to help out with the training session, it was good for me to see what I’m going to be working with in the pre-season and the upcoming year.
“The skill on show was really pleasing and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
The Women’s Super League is set to run with eight teams in 2018, including Leeds, St Helens, Widnes and Wigan.
Wakefield, who are based at Sharlston Rovers, have joined Huddersfield in expressing a desire to work towards stepping up the following season.