Cats get the cream as Crusaders opt to leave Super League

WAKEFIELD have retained a Super League place for 2012-2014 after Halifax failed to win a licence and Crusaders withdrew their application.

The Rugby Football League announced which 13 clubs would join Widnes in the elite competition for the next licensing period.

And Crusaders’ decision to withdraw means Wakefield, who had been widely expected to miss out on a licence, have been awarded one.

The Vikings were informed four months ago they would be elevated from the Championship, leaving the current 14 Super League teams and Halifax to contest the remaining spots.

RFL chairman Richard Lewis made the announcement and also confirmed Crusaders could continue as a Championship outfit.

After revealing the list of licensees, Lewis said: “This means that Halifax has been unsuccessful in their Super League licence application and will continue to play in the Co-operative Championship in 2012 and I wish them every success.

“I can also announce that as a direct result of the scrutiny applied by the licensing process, Crusaders decided to withdraw their licence application.

“The RFL will now enter into discussions with Crusaders regarding their possible participation in the Co-operative Championship.”