Yorkshire-based club publicly announce plans to join League 1 in 2025

Aaron Bower
League 1 match ball

A League 1 match ball

Goole Vikings have become the first club to confirm publicly that they have lodged a bid to join League 1 in 2025.

Last week, the Rugby Football League confirmed that applications were open for a new club to join the professional structure next season, with clubs from all across England believed to be considering applying.

But Goole, who play in the Yorkshire Men’s League, have broken rank first and, according to the Press Association, have submitted their interest.

Their president, Anthony Whiteley, described Goole as an ‘untapped area’ in the sport’s traditional heartlands and believe they are the ideal candidate to join League 1 next year.

“We’ve always believed Goole is a bit of an untapped area in the M62 heartland, and would bridge the gap between Castleford and Hull,” Whiteley said.