Scottish League Champions, Aberdeen Warriors Fold

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13 July 2017

Scottish National League champions, Aberdeen Warriors have announced they will fold after seven successful seasons on the field due to “lack of support” from league organisers.

The club have struggled to maintain fixtures due to opposition sides failing to raise enough players due to the time required for the round-trip.

The club were forced to close down their youth sides two years ago and had reached out to league officials for support amid mounting debts and difficulty attracting sponsorship.

Craig Parslow, who left his role as club head coach last week, said: “It’s been difficult. We’ve been constantly trying to get games but sides can’t raise a team due to the travel time.

“Our players want to play 13-a-side rugby. We’ve asked the governing body for help but they have just told us to get on with it. I’ve been trying my hardest to keep it going but it’s just no sustainable anymore.”

A Scottish Rugby League statement expressed disappointment but said the decision to fold the club was “sensible…given the circumstances in which they find themselves.”

It added: “Scotland Rugby League should not be running the clubs and it should not be financially supporting them, we should be supporting them to build the right foundations. Difficult though it is, rugby league clubs in Scotland need to be built on solid foundations and this will take time. What has become apparent during this period of rebuilding is that the distance involved in an away match to

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