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Super League considers relegation

Super League clubs have set up a working party to look at bringing back automatic promotion and relegation.

The 14 clubs discussed the competition structure during a two-day conference chaired by Rugby Football League's interim chairman Maurice Watkins in the Lake District this week.

The end-of-season summit was held at a time of growing support for the return of promotion and relegation between Super League and the Championship, which was abandoned in favour of a licensing system in 2008.

Any change would only be implemented after the current three-year licensing period expires in 2015 and it was decided to set up a working group to consider the merits.

No firm decisions were taken at the meeting, which was attended by members of the RFL executive, but chief executive Nigel Wood said the discussions were a "fruitful and positive" contribution to the ongoing policy review that he is leading.

"The over-riding consensus from the conference was that all the clubs share the desire to improve the performance of Super League as the sport's flagship competition," said Wood.

"I would like to thank the clubs for their openness in outlining what they feel are the biggest issues facing Super League and for their acceptance that the direction we take has to be in the best interests of the totality of the sport."

In addition to examining the competition structure, working parties were also established to determine policy for marketing, commercial and player development and performance.

"The creation of the working groups gives the clubs some control over and responsibility for the direction and performance of Super League which is entirely appropriate," added Wood.

Clubs were told that fixtures Super League XVIII will be out on Monday, November 19.

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