Crusaders players will carry on, says Lloyd White

Lloyd White
White played for Celtic Crusaders in their debut Super League season in 2009

Crusaders players will play on despite the club's decision to pull-out of Super League at the end of the season, according to squad member Lloyd White.

The players were informed at a training session on Tuesday of the club's decision to withdraw their licence application.

Although stunned by the decision, White said the players intend to face Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on Sunday.

"We're definitely going to stick it out," said 22-year-old Welshman White.

"We don't have to play for anyone else. We play for ourselves and the fans now.

"I think it would be good for ourselves to go out and try and put a few performances together. It's going to be hard, we all know that."

Stand-off White revealed the players had been confident the Wrexham-based club would retain their Super League licence.

But they were informed by head coach Iestyn Harris the club would not be participating in the league beyond the end of the current campaign.

"I don't think it's sunk in really," said White.

"We're just trying to figure out what we are going to do with our lives now, trying to sort out new clubs for ourselves.

"There are still boys who need to play [to] try and get contracts like myself. Obviously everyone needs to get contracts now.

"People like myself, Michael Witt, Rhys Hanbury, Ben Flower [had] all signed long-term deals at the club.

"We obviously thought there was stability there and we had a lot of faith in the club and we wanted to be there playing.

"When you signed this new contract we knew if we didn't get a Super League licence either myself or the club could terminate it at the time. That contract is void now.

"We should be getting paid until the end of the year, but we haven't been promised of that. It's all up in the air."

White believes the Crusaders' decision to withdraw their application for a Super League licence will have an impact on rugby league in Wales.

The national side, coached by Harris, will make their Four Nations debut in the autumn having lifted the European Cup last year.

"It's definitely going to hinder it massively," added White. "I can't see it being the same now.

"We've still got the South Wales Scorpions but it's not the same standard."

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