New Super League Chief Executive Robert Elstone has announced that the controversial Super 8s format will end this season and that the sport will go back to one up, one down in 2019.
Any team that gains promotion or is relegated in the Super 8s format this season will join their respective league ahead of the new structure, making the end of the 2018 season crucial.
The Super 8s came in just four years ago but has attracted many critics and Super League clubs have voted overwhlemingly in scrapping the current system to return to a more traditional format from next season.
Speaking at his unvieling in Warrington, where he was joined at the top table by Eamon McManus, Ian Lenegan and Simon Moran, Elstone also confirmed that from 2019, the Million Pound Game will be played between the top two teams in the Championship.
In his first press conference, the new Chief Executive came across well and reassured non-Super League clubs funding for the rest of the current Sky TV deal which ends in 2021.
Elstone, who started his new Super League role earlier this month, has a passion for Rugby League and a wealth of experience gained from several Senior Executive and Board positions across different sporting organisations including most recently, Chief Executive of Everton Football Club.
His appointment is Super League’s first major step into a new era. He will have a focus on growth, prosperity and success of the Game’s leading clubs and will aim to improve the promotion, marketing and selling of the best possible competition.