No answer yet for Keighley Cougars from RFL

Keighley Cougars have said that they are yet to hear any news over their legal challenge against the RFL surrounding the dual-registration saga, after informing fans of the situation at a well-attended meeting last night (Thursday).

In a statement released by the club, they have said that they are deliberately creating a strategy to put pressure on the RFL, who have not yet given an answer over what will done following the Cougars’ controversial relegation to the Championship.

They said that they are still pursuing the matter, and have asked for the issue of an expanded Championship – something we revealed in League Express this week – be brought up at the annual Championship CEO meeting next month.

The statement said: “The situation, simply put, is that it is undisputable that ineligible players were played on 27th July, that the clubs responsible were punished and then had their punishments withdrawn and, as a result of this, the Cougars were relegated on the last game of the season.

“To date, despite communication and pressure, the RFL has refused to do anything about the situation.

“As a result, we have had to devise a strategy that progressively increases the pressure on the RFL to apply the rules of the game or at least look for a solution that is just and equitable for all.

“We have embarked on joint legal action against the RFL, written to the MPs and the All Party Parliamentary Commitee and commenced fund raising for the legal action.  We have also embarked on the process of potentially setting up an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of the members to address this issue and, during the meeting, options for the resolutions that could be put to the EGM were discussed.  On top of this the club has requested that the issue of the 13 club league is raised at the Championship CEO forum on 8th October.”