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RL director Hornby: We have to make top four

DIRECTOR Peter Hornby knows next season will be huge for Barrow Raiders as they look to avoid being stranded in an expansion division in 2013.


Plans unveiled by the RFL last week revealed the Championship and Championship One will be reshaped in a year’s time, with four new community clubs brought up to semi-professional level.

Teams from Oxford, Bristol and Hemel Hempstead are among those in the running for new licenses and will join six of the sides from next season’s Championship One.

Four teams will be promoted into an expanded 14-team Championship packed with the more traditional rugby league sides, with at least two teams from the game’s heartlands left stranded.

Hornby – part of the new board at Craven Park looking to rebuild after their relegation as a result of misconduct under the previous regime – knows Barrow can ill-afford to be left playing the likes of London Skolars, Gateshead and the new outfits every week.

He said: “It is a massive season next season in Championship One. The last thing you want is to be out of those top four really. We haven’t got the best geographical position up here as it is, and the teams they have got their eyes on are all down south, there’s no northerners.”

The names of the four sides picked by the RFL to join Championship One will be revealed one at a time between November and February.

That will give teams a year to prepare, but former Barrow chairman Hornby, who attended the Championship clubs meeting this month where the plans were finalised, believes it also gives players a greater incentive to avoid being stuck with them 12 months later.

He added: “At least they are going to give us 12 months of knowing who they are.

“It gives you a bit of an incentive to get your boots on, get out there and hopefully get some results.”

Have your say

Complete pie in the sky by Hornby get real the team is out of it's depth, so called fans don't want to watch defeat after defeat.

Posted by P Moore on 28 October 2011 at 11:35

The RFL need to have a serious rethink regarding the promotion of these 'southern' based sides. It simply wouldnt be viable for travel to these areas on a weekly basis, i understand that these teams will also have to travel to us however if you take into account the average gate figures for teams like south wales and london skolars ( less than 500 usually ) how are these new teams going to create income in traditional non rugby league areas?? The RFL seem keen to neglect established rugby league teams and instead pump endless amounts of funding into areas where rugby league is not followed!!!!!!! take a look at crusaders..... waste of time,

Posted by James on 28 October 2011 at 08:48

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