DISAPPOINTED but not defeated, Fax vowed to keep on fighting after missing out on a place in the Super League yesterday.
The RFL awarded the three-year licence to favourites Widnes over Halifax and Barrow.
But Fax still have another chance at going up in July when the remaining 13 Super League spots will be allocated.
Richard Lewis, RFL chairman, confirmed that the club had ticked all the boxes to play at the top level.
“Halifax and Widnes both met the required standards for Super League membership,” he said.
“Halifax’s application will go forward to be assessed against existing Super League teams in July.”
The mood was despondent at the Shay, where Fax staff and players had gathered to hear the announcement - but Mr Lewis’s words gave some hope.
Director Mike Riley said: “As a club we are very disappointed at the decision, but we are a resilient bunch - directors, players and fans.
“We now just have to put our heads down and work towards July.”
The announcement on the remaining licences will be made on July 26.
Until then, the club will be striving to show its worth both on and off the pitch - including in their fixture against Bradford Bulls in the fourth round of the Challenge Cup in May.
Mr Riley said: “We shall go out hoping to beat Bradford and prove to the RFL that Halifax are fit for Super League - that will be our next major task now.”
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