Elston: Wakefield Wildcats ‘couldn’t have done any more’ to get Super League licence

James Elston
James Elston

ON Tuesday morning, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats will learn if they have been awarded a renewed Super League licence by the Rugby Football League (RFL) and the club’s chief executive James Elston believes that the Wildcats “couldn’t have done any more” to earn a place in the top flight.

The RFL has already confirmed that 14 clubs will receive a licence and with Widnes Vikings already assured of promotion from the Co-operative Championship, at least one team from the top flight will suffer the drop.

Wakefield have been touted as one of the favourites to lose their Super League status but Elston disagrees, saying: “We believe that we should be a top-flight club

“It is a massive day for the club and the sport. We know what we are up against and we couldn’t have done any more.

“We are not the weakest [candidate], we are one of the strongest in Super League.”

Elston admitted that the licensing process has been “a frustrating time” for the club.

He added: “Had we not had the licence process hanging over us we would have been able to strengthen the team.”

Elston added: “I believe we should be a Super League club but whatever the decision, we will continue to improve.

“We have done a lot in a short period of time and people who may have thought we should not get a licence will now think that it will be an injustice if we don’t.”

In the event that the decision goes against Wakefield, Elston said: “We can’t comment on whether we would contest the RFL’s decision until we know the reasons why they have rejected our application.”

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