Sharks Join AMNRL for 2011 Season
The Bucks County Sharks are set to make a return to the American National Rugby League in 2011 after a one-year hiatus.
The club bowed out during 2010 for a variety of reasons, but aims to make a strong comeback this season. Club stalwarts Tim McCall, Ryan Sodano, Steve Tormey and several others met in December to discuss a return to the AMNRL.
It followed a call to former clubmen that there was a demand for rugby league to be brought back to New Jersey and as a result, a new board has been formed.
McCall, who is credited with spearheading the revival, has been elected the Sharks’ new president with Sodano elected as chairman. Andrew Neville will return as club treasurer, while two silent members were agreed upon to complete the board.
“It's great to have the Sharks rejoin our competition in 2011,” said AMNRL president David Niu.
“They are a foundation club in the AMNRL competition who played in some of the most exciting post season games in our history. Whilst they have yet to win a championship, they have been very close on a number of occasions.
“I know many fans of our league look forward to their return. The Sharks have always focused on developing local talent rather than relying on foreign players to strengthen their player base. They have been pioneers in every sense of the word in the development of rugby league in the USA.”
The 2011 AMNRL season is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever before with a new franchise in Chicago poised to join the competition.
The establishment of the Stockyarders signals the AMNRL’s expansion westwards for the first time since its inception.