FEATHERSTONE ROVERS officials have expressed their excitement for the sport’s future, following yesterday’s meeting of Championship and League 1 clubs, which found overall support for proposed overseas clubs.
The clubs agreed for the Rugby Football League to continue investigating the feasibility of bids for
clubs in Ottawa and New York.
Rovers Chairman Mark Campbell said: “I’m delighted that the majority of Championship and League One clubs share everyone’s ambition for our competition.
“As the clock ticks on the current TV deal with Sky, this opportunity has come at a great time and can’t be missed.
“Hopefully the RFL can finalise the due diligence process, which I believe is just about there.
“That will allow Ottawa and New York to get moving on their plans.”
He added: “Both presentations were well received and there's genuine excitement for what this can do to enhance the exposure of our great product, throughout the world.”
If the bids are successful, the North American clubs will follow in the footsteps of Toronto Wolfpack, who were admitted in 2017, and visit the LD Nutrition Stadium to face Featherstone On Easter Monday.
Featherstone Rovers CEO Davide Longo said: “We think it’s hugely important that ambitious clubs work together to grow the sport.
“Whether that’s traditional clubs like Featherstone, or new clubs like those in North America, cooperation is the key,
“We’re currently working together with Toronto Wolfpack in the build-up to our match on Easter Monday and this is an example of how club’s with vastly different backgrounds should be collaborating when they share ambition.”
He added: “It’s imperative that Featherstone Rovers continues to grow off-field.
“Attendances and the club’s digital footprint are key measures and we are committed to offering supporters great matchday experiences.
“Growing our fanbase at the LD Nutrition Stadium is crucial to our future success and all fans can play a part in this, by getting behind the club and positively looking ahead to a bright future for our great game as a whole.”
Tickets for Featherstone Rovers’ Easter Monday match against Toronto Wolfpack are on sale now. In 2018, Featherstone became the first club to beat Toronto in Canada.
Canadian passport holders can attend the Easter Monday fixture free of charge.