SUPER League is a huge step closer to saving Magic Weekend for later this year.
Bosses want to move the two-day showpiece, which sees an entire round of fixtures played at the same venue, at Newcastle United’s St James’ Park.
Now SunSport has learned clubs are likely to be presented with alternative dates in the coming days.
It was feared the competition may find itself caught up in Newcastle’s Premier League dramas before learning if Magic, which was cancelled last year, can go ahead.
But SunSport understands there has been a breakthrough in finding a date other than May 29 and 30.
Any agreement from clubs will then enable the full fixture list for the season, which starts on March 25, to be drawn up.
Whether it has 25 or 26 rounds hinges on whether Magic goes ahead, with Super League keen to get it on to help satisfy broadcasters Sky and sponsors Dacia.
Commercial boss Rhodri Jones admitted 25 – 12 home, 12 away and Magic Weekend – was preferred, saying: “We’ve been concentrating on how that would look.
“One of the big things is Magic Weekend. It offers six games to the broadcasters and we get sponsorship money for it from Dacia.
“We’ve asked Newcastle to consider moving it back in the calendar and that’s the first thing we need to box off and make a call on.”
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