Rhinos welcome Government support for Rugby League

Leeds Rhinos Chief Executive Gary Hetherington has welcomed the announcement that the RFL has secured significant Government support to help the sport and its clubs through the unprecedented financial challenges caused by the current public health emergency.

Commenting on the announcement Hetherington said, “Covid 19 has presented Rugby League and its clubs, in particular, with its biggest ever challenge and it is comforting that the Government has provided the much needed financial support and recognised the role played by Rugby League and clubs within their own communities. 

“It is a loan and will be managed by the Rugby Football League and Government departments to ensure the survival of clubs at all levels.

“For Leeds Rhinos, we are managing our business the best we can and we are grateful for the support of our 150 players, directors and staff who have all recently accepted voluntary salary reductions. On behalf of everyone at the club, I would like to particularly thank our loyal supporters who have been able to continue their memberships or taken advantage of new opportunities to help support the club. It has been heartening to hear messages of support when we phone round our fans who understand, even with this loan, the perilous state the club still remains in. 

“Like everyone else we are faced with so much uncertainty and we definitely need financial support so this is obviously good news for us and the whole game but we still have plenty more to do.  We hope over the next few weeks to have more details about when we will return to action and we will keep our supporters updated as soon as we know more and let them know how we will work with them to ensure they are not disadvantaged by the current suspension of the season,” added Hetherington.