NEWLY-crowned Championship One title winners North Wales Crusaders have Super League status within their sights.
The Wrexham-based rugby league side only needed one point to secure their crown, but made sure they won it in style with a 35-22 victory over rivals the South Wales Scorpions at The Racecourse on Sunday.
Their promotion to rugby league’s second tier comes two years after the original Crusaders club pulled out of the Super League after a last minute decision made by then owners Geoff Moss and Ian Roberts who blamed financial issues.
But in 2011 the club rose from the ashes as North Wales Crusaders in rugby league’s third tier and has gone from strength to strength having already won the Northern Rail Cup this season.
Speaking on the movning after the game Jamie Thomas, the club’s chief executive and majority shareholder, said: “I think it’s fair to say a few pints of Wrexham Lager were downed last night.
“It was a fantastic way to finish our promotion season with a home win in the derby game in front of our biggest crowd of the season.
“It’s been a bit of a fairytale story for us, a lot of hard work has gone in from a lot of people. It’s just rewards.
“We’ve not overspent or gone out and bought ridiculous players, some of the lads were playing at an amateur level two years ago.”
With restructuring of the Super League due to take place in the near future Mr Thomas believes promotion has come at the right time for the club.
He said: “If we finish in the top nine or 10 clubs there’s a real chance for us to be involved with what’s being called Super League Mark Two.
“We feel there’s a real opportunity to be part of this. We believe North Wales is a perfect spot for the club to grow and develop.
“When Super League first came to town it didn’t go well but that was due to issues off the field.”
The club is now run by a consortium of backers who were already fans of the club.
Mr Thomas said: “Some of us carry out roles on the turnstiles and I do the announcements at the Racecourse. Meanwhile we’ve now got the job of building for next year.
“Our head of commercial has done a superb job of bringing sponsors on board and yesterday they all went up to her saying they wanted to reinvest next season, which is great news for us.”