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Wednesday, 1 May, 2002, 18:43 GMT 19:43 UK
Bramley apply to rejoin RFL
RFL's executive chairman Richard Lewis
Bramley wait on RFL executive chairman Lewis' decision
Bramley are aiming to return to the Rugby Football League for the 2003 season - just two years after losing their battle for survival.

The League have also received an application from North London Skolars.

Both clubs met the 30 April deadline for applications and have been promised a decision by 30 June.

The League is due to be restructured next season, with the Northern Ford Premiership (NFP) split into National Leagues One and Two.


We are a young, innovative club that will bring a fresh and vibrant approach to the game
Bramley chairman Lee Spracklen

But the plans may not be realised following the collapse of York.

The Wasps are putting together a rescue package in an attempt to re-launch the club in time for the resumption of NFP fixtures on 2 June.

RFL's new executive chairman Richard Lewis said: "All hope is not lost. We are trying to help the people who are doing their best to get it going but there are quite a few big issues to resolve."

Bramley have come up with a five-year business plan and announced their intention to play their home games at Morley Rugby Union Club.

The club have also unveiled a coaching team of former players Darren Coen and Gary Barnett, who was Bramley's youngest-ever captain.

The new Bramley club is owned by fans, on the co-operative principle inspired by Barcelona Football Club.

Long-term goal

Close links with local amateur teams and French club Lezignan have been established.

"The old Bramley club had a long and proud 105-year history and we cherish that," said chairman Lee Spracklen.

"We are also a new, young and innovative club that will bring a fresh and vibrant approach to the game.

"Whilst our long-term aim is to establish our own ground in Bramley, we are delighted with the warm welcome from Morley RF.

"We look forward to working with the Maroons to promote greater involvement in the games of rugby."

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