Whitehaven, and their promotion rivals, should know on Friday what’s required of them to make the play-offs.

Whether six teams will have an interest in how the League One table finishes, or if Rugby League sticks to the script and it’s about the top five, should be revealed.

Friday’s RL Council meeting is supposed to clear-up once and for all what’s happening over promotion and relegation issues.

At a pre-meeting last Friday of the Championship and League One advisory group they rejected a Super League plan for a straight one-up and one-down system, with a knock-on effect to the Championship and League One.

There had been suggestions that only one club would come down from the Championship with three promoted – two automatically and one through the play-offs.

There are also issues pending over finances when the current television deal ends in 2021.

It seems unlikely that the play-off order will change in league One, which would leave York or Bradford promoted and the ones who finish second going into the play-offs with the teams taking third, fourth and fifth.

That looks like Doncaster and Workington Town, plus Oldham, Whitehaven or Hunslet.

Hunslet, currently out of contention in seventh, will probably fancy their chances best of all of gaining maximum points as they face Newcastle at home and Coventry away.

Oldham, who are in fifth at the moment, have a toughie at home to Bradford and then a potential banana skin at London Skolars.

Whitehaven will fancy their chances of beating Coventry at home but then have a real test at York.

Town will be favourites to beat London Skolars at home but then face a potential shoot-out for third at Doncaster.

As for the Dons they could virtually clinch third at North Wales on Sunday before the home clash with Town.