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Super League clubs in structure rethink
9:18am Thursday 10th October 2013 in Sport
Keighley Cougars’ hopes of playing in what will effectively be a Super League II in 2015 have been put on hold after a rethink by top-flight clubs.
The Rugby Football League were due to present final plans to re-organise the domestic game yesterday.
But at a meeting of Super League clubs on Monday, organised by Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan, many voiced concern at the new proposals that were set out in July.
In particular, there were worries that the restructure would weaken the financial position of Super League.
Under the new proposals, a new league comprising two divisions of 12 teams would be introduced from 2015, with automatic promotion and relegation returning in place of the current licensing system.
Championship clubs would also receive more central funding.
Although Championship clubs voted in favour of the new structure, it was thought the Super League clubs had also backed the plan – but Lenagan is unhappy that no vote was actually taken on the proposal and called for Monday’s meeting to draw up a response.
He also feels that the RFL has not done enough to market the game and bring in additional income, with the Super League having not received any sponsorship money for the last two years.
In addition, Lenagan wants Super League clubs to be given a greater say in the future direction of the sport, with representation on the currently independent board of directors.
The move is seen as a vote of no-confidence in the RFL and its chief executive Nigel Wood.
Discussions regarding the future structure of Super League have now been postponed until after the World Cup, which runs from October 26 to November 30.
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