I hope you are all keeping well. This announcement is to confirm that after careful consideration, Hunslet will not be participating in the Cup Competition being introduced by the RFL later this year.
As I mentioned previously the long term sustainability of the club is of paramount importance and the simple fact is that it would not be financially viable for us to participate due largely to the costs of testing together with the impact of having to take our players out of furlough to allow them to return to training.
Additionally, there are other hurdles to overcome in order to meet the demands of Public Health England around a safe return to training and playing games in front of socially distanced crowds. We are in early dialogue with LCC to assess how we can best work together to safely overcome those hurdles should the position not ease by the start of the 2021 season.
I realise this will be disappointing and frustrating news to all involved with the Club and I can assure you that this decision has not been taken lightly, but we firmly believe it’s the right one for the Club.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the RFL for their continued hard work in securing the future of the game and their open and consultative approach on participation in the competition.
Player retention / recruitment for 2021 will be commencing shortly so watch out for announcements as the squad develops and I hope to see you all safe and well at South Leeds Stadium in the New Year.
“And so we shall again”