An indicative vote held at the end of today’s expansion club meeting has provided support to the “continued investigation into the feasibility” of bids from Ottawa and New York.

The clubs heard presentations from the two consortia at a meeting held this afternoon at the AJ Bell Stadium, Salford.

The final decision on each of the bids will be made by the RFL board.

The statement adds: “The RFL convened the meeting to assess the mood of the clubs, as had been done before Toronto Wolfpack were admitted to join League One in 2017.

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“Super League clubs were also invited to attend, although not to participate in the indicative vote that was held at the end of the meeting.

RFL director Simon Johnson said: “The clubs were in principle supportive, by a comfortable majority, of the proposals for both Ottawa and New York to join the competitions, and for the RFL Board to continue to exercise its discretion to negotiate with both clubs, and to make a decision in due course.”