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Super League Chief executive Robert Elstone is sure all 12 clubs can survive the coronavirus pandemic, however, admits that “furloughing” might be a big problem.
Super League are suspended until April 3 but that was extended indefinitely in a joint-decision with the RFL on Tuesday.
And there are also growing fears the competition could see clubs go under given the financial uncertainty following the global pandemic.
“We have added complications of French and Canadian teams but our big priority right now is economic survival for ourselves and our clubs,” said Elstone.
“We’re looking at what Government support is offered to make sure we can access it as quickly as we can and that’s gratefully received by clubs.”
When asked if he was confident there will still be 12 clubs around when the sport resumes, Elstone added: “Yes.”
However, he conceded furloughing – where staff are placed on leave with the Government paying 80 per cent of their wages – is increasingly likely for all clubs and Super League itself.
“Furloughing was a welcoming initiative the Government put on the table which every club is looking at,” Elstone added.
“We’ve got to respect the fact we have to work that through, communicate with our staff and do it professionally and sympathetically.
“A solid request for funding has been submitted. In the intervening period there have been things like furloughing and additional benefits put on the table by Government and we need to reflect that in a revised submission.
“Super League are actively involved in what that number was, but I spoke to Ralph late last night in terms of revising and updating that.
“We’re very keen to be involved to ensure what we put in front of Government is as good as it can be.”
Source- Yorkshire Post