The Halifax Panthers board of directors have issued a statement followings today’s vote on the reimagining of rugby league

“As you may be aware, we have been working behind the scenes on the proposed IMG changes for the future of the game and our Club for several weeks now. Many meetings and conversations have taken place between ourselves and the RFL and IMG to clarify, challenge and understand the pros and cons of the proposed changes.”

“Further to the RFL/IMG meeting held at Huddersfield Giants today, the Board wish to update you on the outcome. Today’s vote for revamping the promotion and relegation process from Championship/ Super League was overwhelmingly passed – including our vote to support these changes.”

“The Board feel we are already embracing the change that is needed within the sport, and were happy to support. We all feel that the game is in need of change in order not just to survive but flourish, going forward.”

“We appreciate this will not be everybody’s stance, however we feel on balance, this is the correct decision for the benefit of the Club. Indeed, everybody is entitled to their opinion and we as a Board totally respect that. Ultimately, the game has to change to stop the current decline and attract new audiences and revenue to survive and grow. With the new criteria, there is an opportunity for us all to have a part to play in building the Club both on and off the field.”

The Board


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