Wakefield Wildcats: Skipper Kirmond opposed to mid-season Super League split

CHANGING TIMES: Wildcats skipper Danny Kirmond says the time is right for Super League restructuring but is opposed to a mid-season split
CHANGING TIMES: Wildcats skipper Danny Kirmond says the time is right for Super League restructuring but is opposed to a mid-season split
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Wakefield Wildcats captain Danny Kirmond believes it is the right time to restructure Super League - but says a mid-season split is not the answer.

The Rugby Football League (RFL) announced on Wednesday night that Super League would revert to a 12-team competition from 2015.

The changes mean two clubs, expected to be the bottom two, would face the chop after next season - piling the pressure on teams to stay in the top flight next term.

The decision was made by member clubs at the league’s annual general meeting in Bradford and the RFL Executive will investigate two options around a 12-team competition.

The first is a 12-team Super League running in tandem with a 12-team Championship, which after 23 rounds split into three qualifying play-off groups of eight.

The second is for two divisions of 12 with a more traditional style of promotion and relegation between the two competitions.

Kirmond favours the latter and hopes to see it given the green light when clubs reconvene in the coming weeks.

“We have to do something to bring back the excitement to the competition,” said Wakefield’s skipper, who is close to agreeing a new contract.

“It’s important we change things in the fairest way possible in getting back to a 12-team comp and for me the best way is to relegate the bottom two.

“It’s tough on teams and it will make clubs spend a bit more on their salary cap next season but for me it’s the best way. Promotion and relegation will make things exciting.”

“But to split things into three would be a logistical nightmare - for the clubs and for the fans.

“I think it’s been trailed abroad in football and it hasn’t worked. The format of 12 and 12 works and I hope that’s what we go with.”

Super League clubs rejected the option of staying as a 14-team competition last month and also turned down a 10-team league.

Championship clubs will hold a meeting next Wednesday before the RFL Executive will deliver its report into the two options for a 12-team Super League when member clubs reconvene in the coming weeks.