“What incentive do people have to invest in clubs like Leigh if there's no obvious route upwards into the top flight?”
"What incentive do people have to invest in clubs like Leigh if there's no obvious route upwards into the top flight?"
In response to Burnham's comments, Blake Solly, the Director of Licensing and Standards at the Rugby Football League, said: "One of the issues we faced in the past with promotion and relegation was that there is a massive gulf between Super League and the division below.
"Licensing is an attempt to grapple with that gap between full-time professionalism and part-time professionalism, in a way that gives clubs some viability and sustainability.
"Some elements are working really well. Everyone looks at Catalan Dragons and what a fantastic success story they are for the sport, but 18 months ago, they would have been relegated.
"The fact that they've had a licence has meant they've been able to rebuild from a poor season and become one of the game's strong teams."
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