Super League clubs have voted against readmitting Toronto Wolfpack into the competition for next season.
The Wolfpack pulled out of Super League in 2020 following the coronavirus shutdown with ex-owner David Argyle saying he would no longer be able to fund the club.
New owner Carlo LiVolsi presented his plan going forward to the other 11 top-flight clubs, but there were just four votes in favour of readmitting the Wolfpack, with eight against and one abstention.
Prior to LiVolsi's presentation, the clubs were shown a report into the business plan by Super League Europe, which urged them to vote against the proposals.
It is unclear whether Super League will continue with 11 clubs next season or whether a club from the Championship – whose season did not complete – will be promoted.
The very future of the Toronto club is now in serious jeopardy after they rose through the divisions to reach Super League.
Toronto were promoted from League One – the third tier – at the first time of asking, and needed just two seasons to ascend from the Championship.
They recruited a host of big-name signings for their first season in Super League, including cross-code superstar Sonny Bill Williams, who they made the highest-paid player in the history of either league or union.
But they failed to win a single match before the season was halted amid the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, and their existence – at least as a Super League club – is now over.
Toronto were hit by not being able to stage home games in the early part of the season due to the harsh climate in the Canadian city.
They were also unable to draw central funding via television revenue.
Players had not been paid and were promised that their salaries would be guaranteed if the club was re-admitted into Super League.
It is now unclear as to whether the players will receive the money they are owed.
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