Kear believes more bumper crowds can aid Wildcats’ Super League franchise bid

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WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats head coach John Kear hopes another bumper crowd at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium this Sunday will aid their Super League franchise application.

A crowd of 8,163 watched Wakefield in their Easter Monday clash against champions Wigan Warriors and home attendances so far this season are the highest since 2008.

Wildcats have averaged 6,847 from their opening five matches of the season, a figure helped by another good crowd of 8,763 against rivals Leeds Rhinos.

Another bank holiday weekend home match awaits against Hull KR on Sunday (kick-off 3.30pm) and scheduled good weather coupled with the usual healthy travelling army of Robins fans should make for another high crowd at Belle Vue.

“Hull KR are well supported and we’re well supported so it should be another good crowd,” said Kear.

“The RFL will look at the crowds of all the clubs and if they look at ours then it’s not going to make it easy for them to kick a club out who turn in such good numbers.”

Wakefield’s licence bid has already been submitted to the RFL but the sport’s governing body can still look at performances on the pitch and crowd figures before making their decision as to who will receive a new three-year licence.

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