With a potential single Super League licence up for grabs, there could be a fight on between local rivals Castleford Tigers and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats as the later unveils plans for a new £19 million stadium.
The Rugby Football League have warned the two sides that their status in the top-flight after the 2011 season could be at risk if neither make considerable progress towards ground improvements.
Both sides are proposing to build stadiums on the same site of disused collieries at junction 30 and 32 of the M62 near Normanton and Pontefract, but Castleford have already gained planning permission for the a new stadium adjacent to the Xscape ski building in Glasshoughton.
Wakefield's former Chairman Sir Rodney Walker has announced plans for Trinity Wildcats to build a new community-owned ground near Stanley.
With funding a major stumbling block for both clubs Walker is expecting money to be ready available only if planning permission is granted for a commercial development which would include sports facilities, offices and a large hotel on a 100-acre-site.
"It's a complex jigsaw," Walker explained. "The stadium is but a small part of a 100-acre development and, if that development is successful, I can say with absolute certainty that the stadium is fully funded. As we sit here today I'm confident that the whole vision for the site will materialise."
"The primary motivation for all of this is Wakefield's desire to stay in Super League and having a stadium that is compliant with the needs of modern-day spectators.
"We need to demonstrate to the Rugby Football League that we will have a new state-of-the-art stadium to play at when the time comes for the new franchises to be awarded."
Posted on 21/12/2009