THE realignment between the Rugby Football League and Super League is "close" to completion, according to Ralph Rimmer.

The RFL and Super League have been in discussions over a reunification since July following the split between the two organisations back in 2018.

The initial breakaway from the RFL was forced by a number of Super League clubs who wished to have independence in negotiating broadcast and commercial deals.

However the separation between the sport's governing body and premier competition looks set to end in the early months of 2022.

Discussing rugby league's landscape ahead of the start of the competitive 2022 season, RFL CEO Rimmer said: "For several months, the new mood of co-operation has allowed one working group to focus on governance and realignment, and another to look ahead and plan more strategically for the future.

"Those discussions between Super League Europe and the Rugby Football League remain complex and sensitive, and have required a huge amount of work, as well as significant give and take on all sides.

"We are not over the line yet, but we are close - with everyone involved working towards some exciting announcements in the coming weeks and months that should put this sport on a completely new trajectory.

"Ken Davy (Super League interim chair) and his colleagues should be given great credit for their continued approach to these discussions."

Speaking of Super League, and top-flight giants Leeds Rhinos will be visiting Odsal for a West Yorkshire derby with Bulls on January 23.

Early bird adult tickets will cost £10, with that price increasing to £20 if you buy on the day.

Juniors will go to the game for free, regardless of whether you purchase one of those tickets in advance or on the day.