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Widnes reject offers but still want to move out of rugby league heartland

• Super League club set to take advantage of relaxation in rules over location
• Board remains reluctant to sanction departure away from Greater Manchester

Widnes Vikings have rejected approaches from a number of investors in non-heartlands areas as they look to sell their Super League franchise and become the first top-flight club to take advantage of a relaxation in the rules surrounding relocation.

The Guardian revealed in March how the Rugby Football League had become increasingly receptive to Super League sides holding talks with potential bidders about selling up and moving elsewhere. In recent weeks the Vikings have received offers from several parties away from the sport’s traditional territories.

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