WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats are to link-up with Northampton, who today confirmed that they would enter a team into the Co-operative Championship One competition in 2013.
The Midlands team will be owned and run by Northampton Town FC and will play at the club’s Sixfields Stadium while maintaining close links with the area’s existing community rugby league team, Northampton Demons.
Northampton will also benefit from a link up with the Wildcats, who will share their rugby league expertise and best practice with the newcomers.
RFL chief operating officer Ralph Rimmer said: “We’re delighted to announce that Northampton will be the first of the four new clubs which will take their place in Championship One in 2013.
“There is great potential here and the club is based on solid foundations with a strong business plan.
“There are thousands of rugby league supporters in the region that attend major RFL events such as the Challenge Cup Final and now they have a team on their doorstep we hope they get behind the new team.
“The RFL will work closely with club officials over the next 12 months to help them prepare for their debut in Championship One in the spring of March 2013.
“As with all the clubs who have applied to join the Championships, a huge amount of due diligence has been done on Northampton’s bid with the club being judged on finances, playing standard and business acumen.”
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