A day after rejecting Toronto’s bid for reinstatement, the Super League board voted unanimously on Tuesday to admit a 12th rugby team to replace the Wolfpack next season.
However, the board has yet to decide how to pick the new Super League member.
Super League said it would be decided by a committee headed by an independent chairman. Further details on the criteria for candidate clubs “will be discussed and published in due course”.
“We are committed to ensuring that the process is independent and impartial, and withstands scrutiny, and therefore ensuring that the committee is properly constituted and clearly mandated is our first priority,” said the executive chairman. of the Super League, Robert Elstone.
The board also voted in favor of a 27-round regular season.
Toronto, which was in its first Super League season, pulled out on July 20, saying it could not afford to play the remainder of the pandemic-affected 2020 season.
His subsequent candidacy to be reinstated next season, under the leadership of potential new owner Carlo LiVolsi, was rejected by an 8-4 vote with one abstention.
The Wolfpack started life in 2017 in the Betfred League 1, the third tier of the English rugby league. The transatlantic team won promotion first to the second tier championship and then to the Super League.
Sidlow shocked, angry, saddened by the team’s disappearance
Toronto Wolfpack fans are familiar with the sight of giant forward Adam Sidlow running with the ball, dragging potential tackles with him.
Sadly, that road ended on Monday when the Super League rejected the struggling franchise’s candidacy for re-entry in 2021 under a new owner.
Sidlow, an original Wolfpack member, had hoped the Toronto team would get a reprieve.
“It was one of the best rugby league experiences I have had,” said the 33-year-old from Wigan, England.
Having seen former clubs Bradford and Salford in the past endure financial uncertainty, Sidlow has tried to stay realistic for months in limbo. Yet Monday’s negative vote still struck him.
Under contract until 2021
“My first initial reaction was just shock, anger… and a little bit of confusion too,” said the six-foot-four, 251-pound athlete. “The first thing I said to my wife was, ‘I don’t know if I’m relieved because we’ve been waiting so long, because we finally have a decision.’ ‘
“It wasn’t meant to be and I hope it’s not to the detriment of the sport,” he added.
Sidlow’s contract with the Wolfpack runs until 2021. Does he think he will ever see this money?
“I live in hope,” he said after a pause. “A lot of guys are struggling. We will have to see what the future holds. We will try to get the money. We will have to talk. [majority owner] David [Argyle, who has stepped away from the team] and see what the situation is now. ”