I think people are conflating two different things. It seems clear that what was required was a club which could reasonably relied on to be competitive at short notice and while operating with less central funding than the rest. A short term solution to an extraordinary situation, and in that context I can easily understand why we were deemed to be the best option. Undoubtedly, it was a safe, pragmatic decision, but not an unreasonable one in my (inevitably and unavoidably biased) opinion.
What this wasn't, was licensing. Neither was it specifically about widening the rugby league's geographical appeal, simply because the conditions weren't present for that kind of process.
Although ultimately I'm pleased my club has been promoted, I have conflicting thoughts on it because 1. I'd have preferred us to win promotion on the pitch, and 2. avoiding relegation will be much more difficult with less central funding than it would be the season after next with full central funding. We are where we are, though, and so we'll give it all we've got.
Commiserations to the other clubs. Each are a credit to the sport, and I for one wish you well next season.