WIDNES Vikings have missed out on a place in Super League and will remain outside the domestic game’s premier club competition until at least 2012.
The Rugby League has overlooked the Vikings for a three-year licence, leaving all involved with the Stobart Stadium Halton club devastated.
National League One rivals Celtic Crusaders and Salford City Reds have instead been handed slots in the expanded top-flight from 2009-2011.
Vikings chairman Steve O’Connor said: “I am obviously disappointed with the result.
“We need to regroup and dissect the reasonings.
“In nine months, we have turned the club into something commercially viable.
“But there’s an opportunity here now. Our job is to make sure Widnes are waiting to play Super League in the future.
“We have to push on to reach the Grand Final to show them that they have made a mistake.
“Good luck to all the other clubs.
“It still doesn’t cost anything to dream, so I am going to dream.”
Richard Lewis, executive chairman of the RFL, said: “Widnes can consider themselves unlucky.
“Chairman Steve O’Connor did a terrific job in such a short space of time.
“They will be disappointed but they have to be realistic and build on the foundation and come back stronger.
“I am sure Widnes has got a great future.”