Crusaders' Iestyn Harris holds 'very positive' RFL talks

Iestyn Harris
Harris says he believes the RFL will help resolve a difficult situation

Crusaders coach Iestyn Harris said he has held a "very positive" meeting with the Rugby Football League following the club's decision to withdraw from Super League last week.

Crusaders chief Rod Findlay has issued a plea to rivals to employ the club's players and support staff, who face an uncertain future.

The RFL has been in talks with the club's staff about their options.

And Harris said: "I am confident we will reach a satisfactory conclusion."

The Wrexham-based outfit pulled out of the top-flight licence process because of financial concerns.

RFL chief executive Nigel Wood said the governing body had been working with the club and its employees to find the best solution on a case-by-case basis.

"Discussions with Iestyn have assisted the progress we are making," Wood said.

"Whilst it is formally the obligation of the employer to resolve the issues, it goes without saying that the RFL will do whatever it can, reasonably and practically, to provide assistance to those people directly affected, in order to reach an agreeable conclusion.

"Although the full proposals will take some time longer to construct, we are hopeful that an outcome can be reached that is acceptable to all."