Elston: RFL gave Wakefield Wildcats the thumbs up on first assessment visit

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Wakefield Trinity Wildcats stay in Superleague.'James Elston: Chief Executive.'w5883h130

WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats chief executive James Elston says the club received the thumbs up from the Rugby Football League (RFL) following their first assessment of Wakefield’s Super League licence.

Wildcats, as well as four other clubs, have been warned by the RFL that their current three-year Super League licence could be revoked prematurely if they fail to adhere to promises laid out in their application.

And Blake Solly, the RFL compliance manager, visited the Rapid Solicitors Stadium for the RFL’s first check-up last Friday and Elston said the club passed with flying colours.

“Everything was good, there were no issues that came up and they were very, very pleased with where we are,” he said.

“They’re looking at every part of the business plan that we put out in the application and it all went well.”

Castleford Tigers, London Broncos, Salford City Reds and Widnes Vikings, the other clubs to receive a C grade licence, are also being assessed.

The visit was the first of a number throughout the season, and throughout the three-year licence period, and Elston believes the check-ups can only be a good thing.

He said: “It’s good that they’re [RFL] doing it. The first visit was quite informal but they’ll get more in-depth.

“We want them to come and see what we’re doing here.”

The visit came hot-on-the-heels of the completion of the covered section of the west stand at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium, something that was included in Wakefield’s Super League licence application.

Elston has also confirmed work on the north terrace has started and is on-course to be completed in time for Wakefield’s home game against Catalan Dragons on Sunday, March 25, as hoped.

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