Championship and League 1 clubs asked if they want immediate decision on 2020 season

Championship and League 1 clubs have been asked if they would like an immediate decision to be made on the future of the competitions.

Clubs were sent a survey following last week’s forum after clubs were unable to come to a conclusion on the remainder of the season.

A number of questions were raised in the survey, including the prospect of playing behind closed doors, hosting games and accessibility to training facilities.

But clubs were also asked if they were in support of the RFL making an immediate decision on the future of the competitions, or whether the decision should be delayed.

Several clubs have voiced their frustration at the speed of progression, with Bradford coach John Kear telling League Express it was time for the RFL to lead and make a decision on behalf of the game.

However, it’s thought the RFL, along with some clubs in favour of the competition’s returning, are trying to push off a decision as testing costs continue to decrease and the prospect of fans being allowed in grounds improves.

An RFL board meeting takes place on Monday where the results of the survey will be discussed. A decision on several matters, including promotion and relegation, as well as the season itself, could be made. It does, however, seem unlikely.

Meanwhile, TotalRL has seen a message Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton sent to players outlining some of the challenges facing clubs in the battle to get back on the field.

He said clubs are keen to see if testing requirements are eased but highlighted the challenges in place for clubs who share facilities and use public gyms. He also cited how playing could cause an issue for players who have other employers, who may be reluctant for them to play and put their health at risk. Most players in the Championship are part-time.