A LEADING rugby league authority has expressed his sympathy towards Vikings failed Super League bid.
Richard Lewis, Rugby Football League executive chairman said: “Widnes can consider themselves unlucky in their application.
“They did a terrific job in putting a bid together in such a short space of time and will be disappointed.
“But they should be proud and realistic and now build on this foundation and come back stronger.”
“I’m sure that Widnes has a great future.”
Mr Lewis claims that the 14 chosen clubs will now ensure that the Super League delivers great athletes, excellent facilities, large crowds and improve standards over the next three years.
He added: “It’s a historic day for rugby league; a sport that is in good health and aiming to get better and better.
“The licensing system is a better and fairer way to give teams time to be successful.
“The Super League will provide a truly exciting lineup.”