Halifax RLFC would like to thank its loyal fans and followers for the incredible support.
It is true, that the timing of such an opportunity was unexpected, but the board of directors unanimously agreed that the club should indicate its intention to be considered alongside several clubs in the Betfred Championship, pending the criteria publication.
Would it have been challenging? Absolutely.
Are any of the contenders 100% ready? Of course not.
Does the club still believe it can be a competitive force in the coming years at Super League level? Yes!
Following Thursday’s notification by the RFL & SL Europe, while disappointing that Halifax RLFC didn’t meet one of the qualifying criteria, the fans, players and entire Halifax team can be proud of our ambition and decisiveness around our intentions.
It is clear that Halifax RLFC has the heritage, pedigree, stadium and the mindset to take that next step up when the time is right.
Coach Simon Grix has assembled a great squad, on an understandably tight budget.
We wish our fellow clubs the very best of luck in their application and now turn our attention to pre-season training.
As a club, Halifax RLFC will continue to focus on the things we can control. We firmly believe that we will surprise many this coming season with our passion, performance and urge the fans to join us in increased numbers as we remind the Rugby League world, Halifax RLFC is here and our entire team is focussed on success.
The board continues to develop and refine its energies towards building a robust business plan combined with a refreshed vigour surround our marketing and media activity. This will ensure that when our time comes to take our place in Super League, we’ll be a force to be reckoned with on and off the pitch.