Wigan Warriors will be up against near neighbours Widnes Vikings from next season as the Cheshire Club were awarded a Super League Licence on Thursday lunchtime for 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Widnes who are Coached by former Wigan Coach and player Denis Betts got the nod ahead of both Halifax and Barrow.
RFL chairman Richard Lewis, head of the five-strong decision-making body, said: "It was not an easy choice and obviously two other clubs have been left disappointed.
"But Widnes deserve it. They have done well in the last three years both on and off the field and we believe they will raise the standards of Super League."